Time Travel: The History of Camping

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This week in our Time Travel series, we’re exploring the history of camping in anticipation of warmer weather.

While camping isn’t a new phenomenon, it wasn’t applied to the recreational sphere until the end of the 19th century. Organizations like the Association of Cycle Campers and the Boy and Girl Scouts helped popularize camping, and newly established national and state parks provided lodging grounds.

As with other types of travel, the implementation of the automobile supported a wider growth of campers and campsites. RVs and campers hit the road starting in 1910, and tin can tourism escalated after WWII. Today, camping is seen as an escape from life, whether it’s a technology-free jaunt in a teepee or a lavish setup in an offbeat locale.

Flip through the gallery above to see how recreational camping has changed over time.

Sarra Sedghi is Paste Travel’s News Editor.