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.
You can buy pretty much anything emblazoned with this quote, from camp mugs to T-shirts. I have a cozy hooded sweater with the quote underneath a picture of mountains – whenever I wear it, I’m reminded of my time spent exploring the Sierra Nevada mountains, just one of the landscapes Muir worked so hard to protect.
This is also a great quote to have on your office wall or by your desk, particularly on a Friday afternoon!
This sign made me laugh as for me, 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.
Hang this on the outside of your tent when you go camping, or pin it up at home as a reminder of what you should be doing this weekend…
“Not All Those Who Wander are Lost”
I first came across this quote before the days of the Pinterest and Instagram (yes, I am that old!) as part of J.R.R. Tolkien’s famous poem from The Lord of the Rings: All That is Gold Does Not Glitter. The poem refers to Aragorn, a man who wanders the wilderness as a Ranger while hiding his true identity (spoiler alert!) as the long-lost king of Gondor.
Even if you’re not of a literary bent, I’m sure many of you can associate with this quote. It encapsulates that feeling of wandering alone through the wilderness, without necessarily having a particular goal or location in mind, simply to enjoy the experience of being outdoors.
I love this keychain as a subtle reminder you can carry around with you that the journey you take is just as important as the destination.
“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.
If you need reminding of this in day-to-day life, this mug should help. And if you’re stuck for camping game ideas, there are some great suggestions for adults and kids in this post from Outdoor Crunch.
“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.
And if you need a little reminder of that, keep this sign to hand.
“It’s Time for An Adventure”
When I was traveling in the States, I found loads of awesome bumper stickers with some fantastic designs. It was hard to pick just two or three to bring home and add to our campervan.
This cute sticker combines a colorful graphic and a quote that will never go out of fashion. It’s always time for a new adventure!
What’s Your Favorite Quote?
I’d love to hear what camping quotes tickle your humor or inspire you to get outdoors – post them in the comments below. If you’ve made up your own, so much the better.
And with that, let’s stop quoting and go camping!
Alison spends her days writing and dreaming of adventures, and her weekends living them. Both are helped by copious amounts of Yorkshire Tea. She owns a campervan called Sadie and far too many tents.