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145 Camping Quotes: Amazing Camping Sayings

Camping is all about heading into nature and spending time away from our comforts. We have scoured the internet to put together this comprehensive list of the best camping quotes. If you are hoping for a smile we included funny camping sayings because, let’s face it, sometimes camping can get you into some pretty ridiculous situations. So whether you are camping in an RV park, trying out van life, tenting in a national park or getting away from it all by heading out into the wilderness you will find the perfect camper quote in our list.

Our Favorite Camping Quotes

“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.” – Pippa Middleton

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

“I peered up through the tent’s mesh roof at faraway stars, faint glitter, giddy.” – Aspen Matis

Tent on site above a beach and ocean with a camping quotes ontop by Aspen Matis

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

“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 a chore and more 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

“Of course, not everybody likes camping trips. I do not myself enjoy them much, because I’m not outdoorsy, or at any rate, I’m not outdoorsy overnight-without-a-matress-wise. ” – G.A. Cohen

“You may be a little cold some nights on mountain tops above the timber-line, but you will see the stars” – John Muir

Tent above the clouds with camping quotes by John Muir

“In a well-ordered universe…camping would take place indoors.” – ― Morgan Matson

“What could be smarter than going to camping in a deserted forest in a global pandemic time? However, even without such a pandemic, the smartest thing to do would be camping again!” – Mehmet Murat ildan

“Gather wood, build a fire, stay up all night with the fire and stars.” – Antler

“We had come a far piece into a strange land, a trail lit by lonely campfires” – Louis L’Amour

“Fire’s the sun, unwindin’ itself out o’ the wood.” – David Mitchell

“The campfire is the most important part of camping. It’s far more than just a source of heat or light. It’s the heart of civilization. All other activities revolve around the fire.” – David Lubar

“Before men ever dreamed of shelter, campfires were their homes.” – Sigurd Olson

“Spring is beautiful, and summer is perfect for vacations, but autumn brings a longing to get away from the unreal things of life, out into the forest at night with a campfire and the rustling leaves.” – Margaret Elizabeth Sangster

“Who has smelled the woodsmoke at twilight, who has seen the campfire burning, who is quick to read the noises of the night?” – Rudyard Kipling

“It’s easier to throw sticks on the campfire than to try to restart it when it goes out.” – Cynthia Lewis

“The onlookers watched as the fire snapped and popped, observing the flames encircle the logs. Bits of blue and green intertwined with the blazing orange and yellow. The smoke rose high above the campfire, lifting glowing embers.” – Ann White Lombardi

“The echoes of beauty you’ve seen transpire, Resound through dying coals of a campfire.” – Ernest Hemingway

“Young people knew what had happened to the world because their elders communicated it to them around the campfire.” – Rick Steber

“The first campfire didn’t exist until something nearly human shambled over and camped near it.” – Buck Tilton

“Remember, a good marriage is like a campfire. Both grow cold if left unattended.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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

Row of tents at night with a quotes about camping with friends by David Eddings

“You get guys around a campfire, and they start telling their stories. That’s the fellowship that they want to be in.” – John Eldredge

“Once all the power goes out, there will still be human beings standing together around a campfire, playing acoustic guitars.” – Jim James

“Welcome to our campsite where friends and marshmallows get toasted at the same time”

“My tent doesn’t look like much but, as an estate agent might say, “It is air-conditioned and has exceptional location.” – Fennel Hudson

Tent on platform with fun camper quotes

“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

“When I returned to camp, they walked behind me on the trail, and we spoke not a word about getting skunked today, but rather talked about the days we returned with a stringer full of fish, and how we filleted them and the left the guts out for bears and eagles, and how those fish tasted fresh when we fried them over a fire.” – Daniel J. Rice

“Anna had read books about people in the cities going camping. They would leave their comfortable homes and beds and deliberately sleep in tents, on the ground, then cook their food outside over an open fire instead of in a well-stocked kitchen. She couldn’t imagine something so ridiculous.” – Gail Sattler

“Your swag or mine?” – L.J. Fox

“I grew up with the smell of the lake and the feeling of the woods.” – Steven Tyler

“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

“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 slammed the flap. How are you supposed to express your anger in this situation? Zipper it up really quick?” – Mitch Hedberg

“There is no such thing as bad weather, just soft people.” — Bill Bowerman

“When we would go camping in rural Wales, we would get sick. What I did not realize at the time was the sickness was a detoxification reaction from the toxic city environment that we normally lived in.” –  Steven Magee

“Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints, kill nothing but time.” – Aliyyah Eniath

Bivy and sleeping bags on snow in Antarctica with a Inspirational quotes on camping

“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

“You don’t have to say everything to be a light. Sometimes a fire built on a hill will bring interested people to your campfire.” – Shannon L. Alder

“I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.” – Henry David Thoreau

Man walking on path between tall trees with walk in the woods quote on top

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

“Life is a fatal adventure. It can only have one end. So why not make it as far-ranging and free as possible.” — Alexander Eliot

“I might ask you one day to go camping, and if you have the desire to dance.” – Paige Lewis

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

Tent on hill above lake in Mongolia with a cute camping quotes by Shanti

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

‘Morning. You found somewhere to camp then?” – Raynor Winn

“…my dreams are tangled in images of stars and clouds and firelight – we go camping at night – it’s my lucid dream of being with you…” – John Geddes

“What’s that? French press. For coffee? Real coffee? Not instant? We’re camping, Zorie, not living in a dystopian nightmare.” – Jenn Bennett, Starry Eyes

“Is it weird that I’m taking Louis Vuitton camping?” — Jessica Simpson

“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

“Here is a great day, here is a perfect choice! A camp in nature! What else do you need? You don’t have to dream because you are in a dream now!” – Mehmet Murat ildan

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


“I peered up through the tent’s mesh roof at faraway stars, faint glitter, giddy.” – Aspen Matis

“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

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

“If I went on vacation, I’d rather go camping than stay in some four-stay hotel.” – Travis Fimmel

“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

“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

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

“The outside is the only place we can truly be inside the world.” – Daniel J. Rice

“The glories of a mountain campfire are far greater than may be guessed.” — John Muir

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

“You need to be outdoors. Away from here. You need a holiday.” – Fennel Hudson

“The farther one gets into the wilderness, the greater is the attraction of its lonely freedom.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” — Anne Lamott

“The woods are lovely, dark and deep…” – Robert Frost

Did you just have the most amazing time camping and are now looking for the perfect camping quotes for Instagram or inspiration? Here are the best cute, funny, hilarious, short, inspirational, clever and about adventure and friends. Find the best one that fits your experience, picture or just inspires you!

“Sometimes the embers are better than the campfire.” – Stephen King

“A perfect day would be to get into the car, drive out to Yosemite, and go camping.” — Michael Steger

“The wilderness holds answers to questions we have not yet learned to ask.” — Nancy Wynne Newhall

” In the woods we return to reason and faith.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains!” — John Muir

“Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing.” – Barry Finlay

“The fire is the main comfort of camp, whether in summer or winter.” — Henry David Thoreau

Campfire with bonfire quotes by Terrence McKenna

“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

“Real freedom lies in wildness, not in civilization.” — Charles Lindbergh

“I went camping for 33 days, and now everybody seems to care.” — Colleen Haskell

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

“The bigger you build the bonfire, the more darkness is revealed.” – Terence McKenna

If you like these, you might also want to check out our other lists of Camping Captions, Short Camping Quotes, Fishing Quotes, Funny Fishing Quotes, Fishing Captions and Short Fishing Quotes.

Funny Quotes About Camping

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

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

“What on earth would I do if four bears came into my camp? Why, I would die of course. Literally shit myself lifeless.” – ― Bill Bryson, A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

“A crude meal, no doubt, but the best of all sauces is hunger.” – Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire

“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

Tent above the ocean at sunset with a funny camping quotes by Yvonne Prinz

“Campgrounds are never comfortable. They are merely less awful than other options. In normal circumstances, if told that the nearest available toilet was half a mile away, up a dirt path frequented by animals in gastric distress, one would lock the doors and speed to civilization. When a tent or camper is involved, one is jubilant. At least this site had flush toilets!” – Thomm Quackenbush

“If I went on vacation, I’d rather go camping than stay in some four-star hotel.” — Travis Fimmel

“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

“Somebody told me it was frightening how much topsoil we are losing every year, but I told that story around the campfire and nobody got scared.” — Jack Handey

“My fear of camping: I’m convinced bugs will crawl up my vagina and lay eggs. Isn’t everyone?” – Kathy Griffin

Camping Sayings

There are a lot of famous camping sayings that are used all the time even though no one knows who said them originally. Here are some of the best.

“There’s no wi-fi in the mountain but I promise you’ll find a better connection.”

“Camping – because therapy is expensive.”

“Home is where you pitch your tent.”

Tent on a beach with trees behind and a camping saying that reads home is where you pitch your tent

“Good things come to those who camp.”

“There’s no such thing as a bad camping trip – only unprepared campers.”

“It’s impossible to go for a walk in the woods and be in a bad mood at the same time.”

“Life is best when you’re camping”

“Home is where you park it.”

“Just another coffee drinker with a camping problem”

“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.”

“Camping hair don’t care”

“Cold air dark night warm fire bright stars.”

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

“I Googled my symptoms… turned out I just need to go camping.”

“A campfire is basically just a nightclub in the mountains.”

“Donating blood, one mosquito at a time.”

“Campers have smore fun”

“I don’t need Therapy. I just need to go camping.”

Tent on beach at sunset in Hawaii with a funny camping sayings on top

“I do have a retirement plan … I plan on camping”

“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.”

So that’s our list. We hope you found the quote you were looking for.

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Laynni Locke

I am Laynni Locke, a Canadian writer, reader and traveller with a passion for sharing life’s moments on social media. Keeping friends and family in the loop of our lives though photos and videos has become an essential activity for most.

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