A Brief History of Camping in 100 Years

  ”The world is so big, I want to see it”, every soul who is unwilling to live with firewood, rice, oil and salt probably harbors such poetry and distance in their hearts. However, most people can’t just walk away after all.
  Fortunately, “spring trip, apricot blossoms blowing all over your head”, taking a walk in the wild with Moshang son, it is a worldly wish that can be achieved – yes, camping, leaving the city residence for a short time, no need for a hotel or a hotel. One or two tents, three or two torches, and a close contact with nature.
  Compared with the modern camping culture that has recently emerged in China, the development history of camping abroad is earlier and the degree of specialization is deeper. However, you may not think that the first to lead this fashion trend was a tailor.
The Stylish Camper’s Handbook

  Camping, in the eyes of many people, is nothing more than going to the wild to play. In this way, the history of camping can be traced back to ancient times. After all, at that time, everyone was seated for the ground… However, what we are going to talk about today , is a family-based, leisure-oriented camping activity.
  Tracing the history of modern camping, in 1908, Thomas Hiram Holding, a British tailor who was keen on bicycle travel and made tents by himself, wrote a “camper’s manual”, which is regarded by many as a The beginning of modern camping history.
  Modern people like to share their consumption insights on social networking sites. When more people see it, the sharer becomes an opinion leader (KOL), that is, a key opinion leader. More than 100 years ago, in the field of camping, Thomas was like this A KOL who is also seen as the founder of modern camping in the UK, following his parents across the American prairie since he was a child.
  Thomas wrote in his handbook: “Camping is one of the oldest forms of human existence. It teaches many ways of self-reliance, increases people’s physical activity, and thus tends to prolong their lives and arouse people’s awareness of Interest in life and love of nature.”
  In the last century, when cars were not popular, camping enthusiasts generally carried equipment by bicycle, canoe, dinghy, horse-drawn caravan or on foot, using canvas in different ways ridge tents are set up on the terrain. “Tents are the main force of camping, but tents alone are not enough. It’s like a person who buys a camera and finds that he also needs a series of lenses, lights, labs, photo frames and a series of other things.” In his lectures, he can often be seen wearing a Norfolk jacket, pulling out a number of light and delicate contraptions from the jacket’s numerous pockets, and beginning to explain his camping skills.
  The decades when Thomas was keen on camping were exactly the decades when human camping activities developed the fastest from extensive to refined. Gradually, after the 1870s, many establishments developed to provide professional services to campers. The Appalachian Mountain Club (1876) and the Sierra Club (1892) have long provided professional services to campers.
  And Thomas’ other book, Bicycles and Camping in Connemara, led to the formation of the first camping group, the Bicycle Campers Association, in 1901. In 1907, the world’s first camping club was formed by the merger of the original Bicycle Campers Organization and several other clubs.
  However, some people believe that modern camping is popular under the leadership of the Americans. In 1869, the American pastor William HH Murray published the best-selling books “Wild Adventure” and “The Camping Life in the Adidas Ranques”, which became the most influential “fun camping” books in American history. Professional guide.
  This book lets Americans know for the first time how dazzling the world beyond city life is and what real camping can do. To this day, Wild Adventures is still being reprinted, and you can still buy it on shopping sites.
  Until the advent of World War I, many camping activities stalled.
The era of national camping has arrived?

  When World War I broke out in 1914, many people were displaced and had to live under canvas tents. After the war, there were still people who liked this way of life as a low-cost way to get close to nature.
  At the same time, after the end of the First World War, a large number of surplus army equipment began to enter the civilian population, and people found that they could get the required camping equipment at a very small cost. In this context, commercial and club campsites were established one after another. The craze for camping vacations is slowly gaining popularity.

  In 2020, the US camping participation rate was 15.8%, and the number of campers increased by 6.178 million over the previous year, and a considerable number of them were young enthusiasts.

  Of course, the popularity of camping is also partly a reflection of pocketbooks. In the 1930s, during the Great Depression, many Americans found camping to be both fun and inexpensive, so they saw it as a great way to vacation.
  With the completion of the highway system in the United States, vacations by car to campgrounds became very popular. At that time, in order to restore people’s leisure and entertainment needs after the Great Depression, the United States delineated corresponding areas in many national parks for people to camp and relax while traveling by car, which also pushed car camping to a new stage.
  The mid-1950s ushered in mass production of camper vehicles, and there was a wide variety of campers on the market, from the smallest folding trailers to the largest motorhomes. When camping enthusiasts drive long distances in their RVs, they often have a roadside paved area where people use gasoline stoves to heat canned food and take cold showers. To this day, traveling around the world in an RV is still the dream of many people.
  The production of camping gear is also becoming more specialized. Colorful frame tents from France are starting to appear on the market, and companies are also starting to offer camping tools and accessories, including everything a family needs on a camping vacation.
  At the same time, some professional camping associations began to be established. In 1932, the International Camping Federation (FICC), initiated by the United Kingdom, was established. Except for a few years during World War II, the worldwide organization hosts a camping conference every year in a different country.
  In 1949, the Camping and Hiking Association was established to improve camping and hiking facilities; in 1957, the North American Family Camping Association was established to improve camping facilities and promote environmentally friendly activities. These two associations also joined the “International Camping Association” successively.
  To this day, camping is still quite popular. According to data from the Outdoor Foundation and OIA, the US camping participation rate in 2020 is 15.8%, and the number of campers has increased by 6.178 million over the previous year, and a considerable number of them are young enthusiasts. Camping has also been gradually subdivided, and new models such as exquisite holiday camping, trailer camping, and lightweight camping that are different from traditional camping have emerged. The United States has the most mature camp market.
  In my country, camping developed the earliest, and the construction of campsites was more mature in Taiwan. In the early 1970s, a camping association was established in Taiwan.
  Since the mid-1980s, China’s domestic tourism has emerged and continued to grow rapidly. With the popularity of cars in ordinary families, self-driving camping has also become an important way for family travel and independent travel. Today, there are more and more outdoor camping equipment stores in my country, and there are more and more domestic independent camping equipment and clothing brands, including professional camps. The era of national camping seems to have come.