Camping is one of those activities you either love or hate.
Some people would spend the whole summer with their feet dirty and with no access to electricity or fast food, while others cringe at the mere idea of a night without a mattress (and bugs invading their sleeping bag! ugh!).
I set out to write an article about what camping meant to me, and in the process of doing research, I came across some amazing quotes about camping from some of the smartest, funniest and most eloquent writers of the modern world.
So, I figured instead of giving you my take on the subject – I would just compile my favorite quotes for your reading pleasure.
Here’s a list of funny camping quotes from both sides of the fence – see in which one you’ll recognize yourself.
I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my sense put in order.John Burroughs
Real freedom lies in wildness, not in civilization.Charles Lindbergh
I go camping with my boyfriend having nothing other than ourselves and the birds to talk with is most relaxing.Jamie Luner
The wilderness holds answers to questions we have not yet learned to ask.Nancy Wynne Newhall
The stars were better company anyway. They were very beautiful, and they almost never snored.David Eddings
Without the intense touch of nature, you can never fully freshen yourself! Go for a camping and there both your weary mind and your exhausted body will rise like a morning sun!Mehmet Murat ildan
And at the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair messy and your eyes sparkling.Shanti
If I went on vacation, I’d rather go camping than stay in some four-star hotel… My friends treat me the same at home. They just want to sit down with you and have a beer.Travis Fimmel
I went camping in the Maasai Mara and we moved site every night. I had no idea how spectacular it would be, how removed from ordinary life, or how many animals we would see.Georgina Chapman
The mountains are calling and I must go!John Muir
In a well-ordered universe… camping would take place indoors.Morgan Matson
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 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
The outside is the only place we can truly be inside the world.Daniel J. Rice, THIS SIDE OF A WILDERNESS: A Novel
I went camping for 33 days, and now everybody seems to care.Colleen Haskell
Sleep under a blanket of stars, and your heart will forever be kept warm by your love of life.Anthony T. Hincks
Light a campfire and everyone’s a storyteller.John Geddes
Camping is nature’s way of promoting the motel business.Dave Barry
I love camping, everything about it – tents, the camping stove, sleeping bags.Shura
I’ve been camping and stuff, but if you left me in the woods I’d probably just curl up and cry until someone found me.Norman Reedus
A perfect day would be to get into the car, drive out to Yosemite and go camping.Michael Steger
Camping is something I’ve done all my life.Stefanie Powers
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
The wok is one of my favorite things to work with when I’m camping.Guy Fieri
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 think camping is one of those things where if you’re forced into it as a child, you’ll probably hate it as an adult.Jeremy Irvine
Nature has been for me, for as long as I remember, a source of solace, inspiration, adventure, and delight; a home, a teacher, a companion.Lorraine Anderson
Camping is nature’s way of promoting the motel business.Dave Barry
The fire is the main comfort of the camp, whether in summer or winter.Henry David Thoreau
We can never have enough of nature.Henry David Thoreau
I don’t need a therapist. I go camping often.Unknown
In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful.Alice Walker
We now no longer camp as for a night, but have settled down on earth and forgotten heaven.Henry David Thoreau
Wilderness is not a luxury but necessity of the human spirit.Edward Abbey
All camps are hard, that’s what they’re intended to be. They make you focus when you’re tired, when you don’t feel like doing things, and to see how long you can retain and pay attention.Michael Strahan
I just want to live in a world of mountains, coffee, campfires, cabins, and golden trees, and run around with a camera and notebook, learning the inner workings of everything real.Victoria Erickson
The camp is the space that is opened when the state of exception begins to become the rule.Giorgio Agamben
In a cool solitude of trees, where leaves and birds a music spin, mind that was weary is at ease, new rhythms in the soul begin.William Kean Seymour
Somebody told me it was frightening how much topsoil we are losing each year, but I told that story around the campfire and nobody got scared.Jack Handey
Another thing I like to do is sit back and take in nature. To look at the birds, listen to their singing, go hiking, camping and jogging and running, walking along the beach, playing games and sometimes being alone with the great outdoors. It’s very special to me.Larry Wilcox
It always rains on tents. Rainstorms will travel thousands of miles, against prevailing winds for the opportunity to rain on a tent.Dave Barry
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
Camping: the art of getting closer to nature while getting farther away from the nearest cold beverage, hot shower, and flush toilet.Unknown
There’s no wi-fi in the mountain but you’ll find a better connection.Unknown
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
Is that weird, taking my Louis Vuitton bag camping?Jessica Simpson
The rite of passage of learning to build a fire that will burn all night with one match is not an insignificant one in my husband’s family, and I grew up camping and backpacking. I love to camp.Sarah Wayne Callies
A great many people, and more all the time, live their entire lives without ever once sleeping out under the stars.Alan S. Kesselheim
Camping Quotes By Anonymous Authors
Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy a camper, which is kind of the same thing.
Camping: The art of getting closer to nature while getting farther away from the nearest cold beverage, hot shower and flush toilet.
A bad day camping is still better than a good day working.
I Love Camping. Life Is Good In The Woods.
I don’t need Therapy. I just need to go camping.
Donating blood, one mosquito at a time.
Time Camping isn’t time spent, it’s invested.
I Do Have A Retirement Plan … I Plan On Camping.
Camping Is The Answer. Who Cares What The Question Is?”
What Happens In The Camper Stays In The Camper!
Life Is Best When You’re Camping.
Hope you enjoyed reading those camping quotes as much as I enjoyed researching them. If you have a favorite funny, inspirational or poignant quote about camping feel free to leave it in the comments below.
Want more snippets of outdoorsie wisdom? Then be sure to check out these 40 hiking quotes.