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The Best Camping Quotes to Get Inspired for Your Next Adventure

Last Updated: August 18, 2022
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The Best Camping Quotes

There’s nothing better than a good camping quote to get you excited about spending time in the great outdoors. In fact, camping sayings and quotes can be a great way to get inspired for your next outdoor adventure, all from the comfort of your own home.

We know how valuable these quotes can be in boosting your morale when you’re stuck inside or just can’t get outside as much as you’d like. Plus, they can be a great way to reminisce about your past adventures.

So, coming up, we’ve compiled some of our favorite quotes right here for you to enjoy.

Quotes About Camping Under The Stars

Camping under the stars is a magical experience. Here are some great sayings to remind you of the joys of sleeping under a starry sky.

“A great many people, and more all the time, live their entire lives without ever once sleeping out under the stars.” - Alan S. Kesselheim

“The stars were better company anyway. They were very beautiful, and they almost never snored.” - David Eddings

“Sleep under a blanket of stars, and your heart will forever be kept warm by your love of life.” - Anthony T. Hincks

“What if I told you that if you simply mix starlight, solitude, silence, and softness, you may just learn everything you’ve ever needed to know about everything you hadn’t known?” - Victoria Erickson

“You may be a little cold some nights on mountain tops above the timberline, but you will see the stars. Keep awake while you may in mountain mansions so rare.” - John Muir

“Life’s better when you add fresh air, a warm campfire, bright stars, and s’mores.” - Anonymous

“If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I’ll bet they’d live life a lot differently.” - Bill Watterson

Camping Trip Quotes

When you set out on a camping trip, you head into the great unknown. From memories of mountains, rivers, and wildlife, there’s a whole lot to enjoy with these camping trip quotes.

“Leave the road, take the trails.” - Pythagoras

“The fire is the main comfort of the camp, whether in summer or winter, and is about as ample at one season as another. It is as well for cheerfulness as for warmth and dryness.” - Henry David Thoreau

“Far from the luxuries of home, camp life forces a slower, more thoughtful approach to living. Mornings are savored. Coffee is sipped rather than drained. Making meals is less of a chore and more of an event. An evening stroll replaces the nightly TV hypnosis. In short, for a few fleeting days, we are briefly, blissfully, beautifully human again.” - Mark Kenyon

“I just want to live in a world of mountains, coffee, campfires, cabins, and golden trees, and run around with a camera and a notebook, learning the inner workings of everything real.” - Victoria Erickson

“To pitch my tent with no prosy plan, to range and to change at will; To mock at the mastership of man, to seek adventure’s thrill.” - Robert W. Service

“Camping rules: Stare at the fire. Listen to the birds. Jump in the lake. Read. Take a nap. Relax. Watch the sunset. Cook over the fire. Breathe the fresh air.” - Anonymous

“Roses are red, mud is brown, the woods are better than any night on the town.” - Earl Dibbles Jr.

“Backpacking is the art of knowing what not to take.” - Sheridan Anderson

“I was amazed that what I needed to survive could be carried on my back. And, most surprising of all, that I could carry it.” - Cheryl Strayed, on hiking the PCT

“Time camping is not spent, it’s invested.” - Anonymous

Camping With Friends Quotes

There’s an old adage that says friends that camp together last forever, and we have to agree. Spending some time with your friends in the wilderness is a fantastic way to get to know each other better. Here are some great quotes that remind us of just that.

“Light a campfire and everyone’s a storyteller.” - John Geddes

“Your friends are the ones who are eager to hear about your adventures, but your best friends are the ones who go on them with you.” - Anonymous

“Do not collaborate with someone you would not go camping with.” - Dan Poynter

“Life was meant for good friends and great adventure.” - Anonymous

“Life is s’more fun with friends.” - Anonymous

Camping With Family Quotes

Ah, the joys of family. Family camping trips create memories that last a lifetime, and they’re a great way to bond with your loved ones. These quotes remind us that there’s nothing better than taking your family outdoors.

“Camping is not a date; it’s an endurance test. If you can survive camping with someone, you should marry them on the way home.” - Yvonne Prinz

“I married a woman who loves to camp, and I am what you would call indoorsy. My wife always brings up, ‘camping’s a tradition in my family.’ Hey, it was a tradition in everyone’s family ‘til we came up with the house.” - Jim Gaffigan

“Hiking with kids is not about the miles, it’s about the smiles.” - Anonymous

“Teaching children about the natural world should be seen as one of the most important events in their lives.” - Thomas Barry

Camping Inspirational Quotes

Need a bit of wilderness wisdom in your day? Check out these great nuggets of camping inspiration to get motivated to take on your next adventure.

“A bad day camping is still better than a good day working.” - Anonymous

“Without the intense touch of nature, you can never fully freshen yourself! Go for a camping trip and there, both your weary mind and your exhausted body will rise like a morning sun!” - Mehmet Murat İldan

“We now no longer camp as for a night, but have settled down on Earth and forgotten heaven.’ - Henry David Thoreau

“Whatever form it takes, camping is earthy, soul-enriching and character building, and there can be few such satisfying moments as having your tent pitched and the smoke rising from your campfire as the golden sun sets on the horizon - even if it’s just for a fleeting moment before the rain spoils everything.” - Pippa Middleton

“Now I see the secret of making the best person, it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.” - Walt Whitman

“Cooking and eating food outdoors makes it taste infinitely better than the same meal prepared and consumed indoors.” - Fennel Hudson

“The glories of a mountain campfire are far greater than may be guessed... One can make a day of any size and regulate the rising and setting of his own sun and the brightness of its shining” - John Muir

“When I have folded up this tent and laid the soiled thing by, I shall go forth ‘neath different stars, under an unknown sky.” - Frederic L. Knowles

“But the place which you have selected for your camp, though never so rough and grim, begins at once to have its attractions, and becomes a very center of civilization to you. Home is home, be it never so homely.” - Henry David Thoreau

“My wish is to stay always like this, living quietly in a corner of nature.” - Claude Monet

“The camp is the space that is opened when the state of exception begins to become the rule.” - Giorgio Agamben

“Keep close to nature’s heart... and break clear away, once in a whole, and climb a mountain, or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” - John Muir

Funny Camping Quotes

Sometimes, we all just need a little laughter in our lives. Here are some fun camping quotes to give you a little chuckle and to share on your next outdoor escape.

“Camping under the night sky is a great chance to see the stars, and to feed the mosquitos.” - Anonymous

“It always rains on tents. Rainstorms will travel thousands of miles, against prevailing winds for the opportunity to rain on a tent.” - Dave Barry

“Camping is nature’s way of promoting the motel business.” - Dave Barry

“How is it that one match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box of matches to start a campfire?” - Christy Whitehead

“I got into an argument with a girlfriend inside of a tent. That’s a bad place for an argument, because then I tried to walk out and slam the flap. How are you supposed to express your anger in this situation? Zipper it up really quick?” - Mitch Hedberg

“Some national parks have long waiting lists for camping reservations. When you have to wait a year to sleep next to a tree, something is wrong.” - George Carlin

“Camping isn’t really a vacation, but it sure makes for good memories.” - Julie Kieras

“Sleeping bags are the soft tacos of the camping world.” - Bears

“Camping: The art of getting closer to nature while getting farther away from the nearest cold beverage, hot shower, and flush toilet.” - Anonymous

“Camping is the answer. Who cares what the question is?” - Anonymous

“Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy a camper, which is kind of the same thing.” - Patrick Wilde

“The ultimate camping trip was the Lewis and Clark expedition.” - Dave Barry

Camping in the Woods Quotes

The woods are a great place to journey to if you’re looking for a bit of solitude and peaceful reflection. This next selection of quotes captures the magic of camping in the woods and will have you packing your bags for your next trip in no time flat.

“The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have a promise to keep, and miles to go before I sleep.” - Robert Frost

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” - Henry David Thoreau

“Going into the woods is going home.” - John Muir

“And at the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair messy, and your eyes sparkling.” - Shanti

“And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.” - John Muir

Summer Camp Quotes

Summer camp was a childhood highlight for many of us growing up. These quotes highlight all the fun and camaraderie that makes summer camp so special.

“My years are divided into two seasons: camp and not camp.” - Anonymous

“A lot of parents pack up their troubles and send them off to summer camp.” - Raymond Duncan

“I went to camp expecting to make friends but I ended up with family.” - Anonymous

“They say the happiest place on Earth is Disney World. They’re wrong. It’s camp.” - Anonymous

“I have a conviction that a few weeks spent in a well-organized summer camp may be of more value educationally than a whole year of formal school work.” - Charles W. Eliot

Happy Camping!

We hope that you enjoyed these camping quotes as much as we did. If so, let us know in the comments which one was your favorite and feel free to share this article with your friends and family to share the camping fun.

Gaby Pilson is a professional outdoor educator and climbing instructor with over ten years of experience delivering outdoor experiences. She holds multiple outdoor safety and education certifications and specializes in guiding expeditions to the polar regions. Gaby also works as a Wilderness Medicine Instructor and Climbing Wall Instructor Course Provider.
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