Camping might bring back childhood memories of family camping trips, or your time in the boy or girl scouts, but despite the advent of technology, camping is no outdated activity. In fact, the popularity of camping is on the rise, especially among millennials. According to Kampgrounds of America’s 2019 North American Camping Report, there has been an addition of around seven million camper households in the US since 2014, with the percentage of those who camp three or more times a year increasing by 72 percent. And perhaps unsurprisingly, 77 percent of the campers in 2018 were millennials or Gen Xers, showing that camping is still very much alive for young people.
The study concluded that “both millennials and Gen Xers are more likely to identify themselves as lifelong campers when compared to past years.” And for most, camping still means roughing it in the wilderness. Fifty-nine percent of campers say they use a tent, while 24 percent prefer an RV and 16 percent stay in cabins. Of all the campers polled, half gave their “love of the outdoors” as their primary reason for camping.
Camping also remains a family first activity, being most popular among families with children under the age of 18. While some travel scenarios prevent a couple with children from taking frequent vacations, when it comes to camping, the opposite is true. Half of the millennials surveyed said that having children actually enabled them to camp more often, presumably because family outings are a great excuse for a camping trip.