It’s no surprise that people like camping. Taking time off from work, forming bonds with friends and family, exploring nature – what’s not to enjoy?
More people are camping now than in recent years, and they’re doing it more often. According to the 2019 KOA North American Camping Report, approximately 78.8 million households camped in 2018. Since 2014, the percentage of campers who camp at least three times a year is on the rise and up 72%. It seems that our collective love for getting away from it all is only growing. To meet this demand, new campgrounds are popping up all over the place and existing campgrounds are investing in new amenities, like WiFi, to remain competitive.
Technology and camping
Camping is an affordable and simple pastime. Despite what you may think, technology doesn’t hinder camping, but enhances it. Technology helps eliminate camping barriers and is, in part, why camping is gaining popularity. When choosing a place to stay, all the information people need about a campground and the surrounding area is at their fingertips. While camping, mobile devices and access to WiFi make people feel safer. In fact,16% of campers look for free WiFi when choosing a place to camp; and on average, campers are able to camp an additional 6 days per year when they have internet access.
Many feel like camping gives them an opportunity to unplug, but they still like to have access to their mobile devices and WiFi. Only 14% of campers think unplugging means not having access to any technology whatsoever. Most campers bring their smartphones camping with them, but often allot designated times for usage or only use them if there’s an emergency.
How Often Do You Use Your Phone While Camping?
- Every Other Day or Less
- Once a Day
- 2-3 Times Per Day
- 4-5 Times Per Day
- 5+ Times Per Day
The social media impact
Tech savvy younger generations make up the bulk of campers. In 2018, millennials accounted for 41% of all campers, while more than 50% of camping groups included children. These generations are always connected. When campers post on social media, it creates new campers by giving confidence to those who would like to camp but feel weary about braving the great outdoors. For those who are already avid campers, social media lets them research nearby activities and maintain connections.
What Do You Use Social Media for While Camping?
- Share Photos/Videos
- Research Local Area
- Post Status Updates
- Get News/Information Updates
- Find Out What Friends/ Family Are Doing
How we can help
Camping in the Northeast is a summertime staple and you work hard to make sure your guests are happy; but the rise of technology makes this more and more challenging every year. We offer modern solutions for a classic pastime.
Our partnership with Ruckus Networks, a leading wireless provider, allows us to sell and install top of the line, rugged wireless for customers throughout the region. Recently, we worked to create a wireless and infrastructure build-out for the historic Camp Topridge in the heart of the Adirondacks. In North Hudson, we built Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort network and currently provide managed services for the campground.
Whether you need WiFi so your campers can stay connected, or something else like security cameras to keep an eye on things or help with your office computers and devices – ADKtechs has got you covered.