When you’re stuck in your office in the city or overwhelmed by household chores, it can sometimes be difficult to remember the smell of a campfire or the vast array of stars painted across a moonlit sky.
These experiences are what life is made for. You just might need reminding of this occasionally.
That’s where quotes come in. Whether it prompts you to take action, brightens up your day or reminds you of past adventures, the right quote can help inspire and motivate you.
I’ve rounded up some of my favorite camping quotes that’ll have you packing the car and heading off on your next adventure this weekend.
“The Mountains Are Calling and I Must Go”
First up is a classic quote, taken from a letter John Muir wrote to his sister, Sarah, in 1873.
While this quote speaks to the romance and mysticism of the mountain regions, it also relates to Muir’s passion as a naturalist for understanding and protecting these wild places.
This is also a great quote to have on your office wall or by your desk, particularly on a Friday afternoon!
I am sure you have seen these signs before listing ‘camping rules’. They always humor me because one of the beauties about camping is that there are very few rules!
It also reminds me of the simplicity of camping and the escape from the rules and regulations of everyday life.
“Not All Those Who Wander are Lost”
You might not know exactly where you will be setting up your campsite but sometimes that is half the fun!
There’s nothing like ‘wandering’ through a National Forest with no agenda other than taking in the sites and sounds nature provides.
“A Family Who Camps Together Stays Together”
There is so much truth in this quote!
In our world of constant distractions where the pace of life seems to move at a hundred miles an hour, quality time spent with our families is more important than ever.
Whether you prefer luxury car camping or escaping into the backcountry, a camping trip is a perfect excuse to leave the iPads and televisions at home and spend time hiking, roasting marshmallows over a campfire or simply enjoying each other’s company.
Sadly, even the best memories can fade over time.
Keep a record of your adventures in this family camping journal so you can look back on them in future and relive the best days of your life.
“Forget Adulting, I Want to Go Camping”
I love this quote! As children, we don’t have the baggage that can weigh us down as we get older.
We’re curious to try new things, eager to learn and unafraid of what faces us.
When we go camping, we can leave our office suits, mortgages and adult worries behind and get in touch with our inner child.
Build a den, paddle in a lake or climb a tree – just because you’re a grown-up, doesn’t mean you can’t play.
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“Do Not Follow Where the Path Leads. Rather, Go Where There is No Path and Leave a Trail”
This is a variation on a famous quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson.
My parents had a picture of it on their bedroom wall when I was a kid and it resonates with me on two levels.
Firstly, as someone who comes from an orienteering family, there’s nothing I love more than getting off big tracks and footpaths and exploring a forest or mountainside.
But I also feel that it’s a quote for life.
It’s about choosing your own path and not being afraid to deviate from what you feel is expected of you in order to achieve your dreams.
Of course, a lot of the time it makes sense to stick to the trails when you’re out hiking, particularly to avoid erosion or if there’s dangerous terrain around.
But sometimes leaving the path can help you experience a familiar place in a new light and find adventure even in the most mundane surroundings.
“Camping Is My Therapy”
It’s scientifically proven that spending time outdoors is good for our mental health. Even better, you don’t have to travel for hours to reap the benefits – even one short daily exposure to nature can set you up for the whole day.
I know that the outdoors is my “happy place”, and my husband knows that if I spend too much time stuck indoors, I start to get grumpy!
It’s not like we need another excuse to go camping, but if you’re feeling a little blue, perhaps a weekend in nature is just what the doctor ordered.
“It’s Time for An Adventure”
This seems to be our daily mantra!
Of course we love what we do for ‘work’ but getting out from behind the computers is what motivates us.
Whether it’s dispersed camping, going on a day long hike or even a quick trail run the word adventure is always driving us forward!
What’s Your Favorite Quote?
I’d love to hear what camping quotes humor you or provide inspiration to get outdoors – post them in the comments below.
If you’ve made up your own that’s even better.
And with that, let’s stop quoting and go camping!