Think you might have an addition? Here are 12 signs that you might be addicted to camping. But don’t go checking into rehab just yet, I have the cure!
YOU COOK IN A DUTCH OVEN AS MUCH AS YOU CAN AND YOU KNOW HOW TO DO IT
There’s something awe-inspiring about cooking with cast iron. From stews to cobblers and even bread, once you master this cooking gadget you’ll be hooked.
YOU’VE HAD AT LEAST ONE DATE IN A TENT OR RV
Whatever your preferred definition of camping is, you love the outdoors and so does your significant other. you’ve skipped the fancy dinner for a night outdoors at least once.
YOU HAVE A CAMPING SHELF THAT IS OVERFLOWING
In the basement or in the garage, all of us camping addicts are overloaded with gear we’ve invested in over the years and it has to be stored somewhere. This isn’t some small tote in the back of a closet, our gear has it’s own large dedicated space.
YOUR FAVORITE CHAIR IS A HAMMOCK
Easily the most comfortable siting/laying/sleeping method ever devised. City boys don’t know what they are missing.
YOU’VE PERSONALLY COOKED MORE SMORES THAN AN ENTIRE GIRL SCOUT TROOP
In my family no one roasts a marshmallow quite as well as I do. It takes patience to get a nice golden brown outside and a COMPLETELY melted inside. Or maybe you like burning them? Either way if you camp with kids you make a lot of smores.
YOU’VE EVER REARRANGED YOUR GARAGE/BASEMENT TO MAKE ROOM FOR MORE CAMPING GEAR
Occasionally that camping shelf get’s too full and the obvious answer is getting rid of some of the older camping gear, right? NO, NO IT’S NOT! You might still need that -20 degree bag even though you have a camper now. Rearrange, and if that won’t cut it get another camping shelf.
YOU OWN MORE SLEEPING BAGS THAN THERE ARE PEOPLE IN YOUR HOUSE
Sleeping bags come in all different shapes, sizes, and temperature ratings. Unless camping is a once a year event for your family you probably have more than one bag per person. And if you’re camping more than once a year there is a good chance you’re suffering from at least a mild camping addiction. I say why fight it, give in and feed the addiction!
YOU HAVE MULTIPLE OUTDOORS COMPANY REWARDS CARDS AND THEY ACTUALLY PAY
Bass Pro Shops, Cabelas, REI, take your pick, there are plenty. You have the rewards card(s) and you spend enough there to actually get some money back on future purchases that you really do make.
YOU’VE SET REMINDERS SIX MONTHS IN ADVANCE TO BOOK YOUR FAVORITE CAMPSITE
Some campsites are so popular they book up as soon as they become available and the only way to get in is to book the site 6 months out (or longer) when it first becomes available in the reservation system. If you’ve ever set a reminder to book a campsite you just might be addicted to camping.
FAMILY VACATION IS IN A TENT OR RV AND YOU WOULDN’T HAVE IT ANY OTHER WAY
Why have Disney world when you could have the real world! There’s so much to do outdoors that can blow away the theme park vacation that I don’t understand how those places stay in business, let alone charge the hundreds of dollars per person per day that they do.
YOU’D RATHER SMELL CAMPFIRE SMOKE THAN CITY SMOG
There’s something crisp and refreshing about
that light wave of campfire smoke whirling through the cool air while you wait for your coffee to percolate on a brisk morning at camp. It really is an indescribable sensation that you want to get more of!
MOST OF THIS LIST APPLIES TO YOU!
If you’ve read through my list and related to quite a few of them then you’re almost certainly addicted. Don’t go checking into your local rehab facility just yet though, I have the fix. In fact it’s quite simple and very therapeutic. My prescription is to take a friend camping. Embracing who you are and passing the addiction on is the only real cure.
So what do you think? How much applies to you? Anything I missed? I’d love to hear from you and strike up a conversation in the comments below.