Do you want to go camping? Who would you like to take with you? There are many different approaches to camping, and who, if anyone, you take with you is integral to what you want from your camping holiday. Different types of trip are suitable for different sizes and types of group. In most cases, if you are going to a campground, and you want to bring your immediate family, you should be fine. However, be aware that most campgrounds have strict limits to how many people can occupy a campsite, so if you have a family of ten, plan accordingly.
A big group of campers, made up of multiple families, can be very hard on the land. The noise and impact resulting from concentrating a large group of people in a small space of wilderness can be hard on the environment. Be especially leery of going with large groups to wilderness locations. Always follow the guidelines for the area where you want to camp.
If you are going to camp in the wilderness, plan so that you have a minimal impact. You may even want to go it alone, if you are experienced enough. Camping alone can be a very satisfying experience for the experienced camper, but dangerous for those without adequate experience and know-how. If you are camping in the wilderness, you will most likely want to keep the size of your group extremely limited so as to avoid harming the environment.
The size of your group should be determined to some degree by the kind of camping you will do. For the more dedicated, hardcore campers, survival camping is the way to go. You venture off into the wilderness with very little besides hiking boots. At the other end of the scale, recreational vehicle campers basically travel inside their own luxurious mobile hotel room. These recreational vehicles (RVs) come fully equipped with just about every imaginable amenity: their own electricity, heat, and patio furniture, and in some cases, satellite TV.
Your expedition may be part of some larger recreational plan, which usually involves activities like hiking, hill walking, climbing, canoeing, mountain biking, swimming, and fishing. In tandem with camping, hiking can either be done as an extended backpacking journey, or as a series of day hikes radiating from a central campsite.
If you are bringing a large group with you, consider a permanent camp designed for the purpose. These camps have facilities such as toilets, water and electricity hookups, and even swimming pools. More rugged types may want live off the land and more or less and camp in the wilderness, in which case your group should be very small. People who take this approach have a moral responsibility to leave their campsite better than they found it and generally have a profound obligation to engage in environmentally sound practices. No matter whether you are in an RV or a tent, there are a variety of facilities available to you.