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Primitive Camping Tips

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As we evolve into comfortable daily lives, we also seem to want to connect with our primitive selves more often.

But primitive camping doesn’t have to be uncomfortable. While many of us seek that old-school experience that seems to be embedded in our brains, it doesn’t have to equate to “roughing it” in the wilderness for days or weeks at a time.

Instead, you can get that primitive camping experience while still having many of the amenities you enjoy at home.

The question is, how does one do that?

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Primitive Camping Tips – How to Make it Enjoyable

Primitive Camping How to Make it Enjoyable

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One of the most important tips when it comes to making primitive camping enjoyable is to prepare before you leave home.

As an example, pack the correct amount of food, clothes, and camping gear.

For campers that own 4-wheel drive vehicles, this is relatively easy as we do not need to carry anything down the trail. We just pack up our truck and go.

For some, this may take away from the experience, and for others, it may just make it a little more comfortable.

Personally, I love a good camping trip with a truck and an off-road camper like the Dweller 15 from OBi Camper. Sure, you get the advantage of bringing along many comfort items like a slide-out kitchen, a shower, and a toilet, but you can still harken back to your roots for a primitive camping trip. Let’s dive into how you can do that!

Primitive Camping Tips – Choose the Correct Spot

Primitive camping by the lake

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For me, primitive camping means staying at a place to which very few people have access. Also, it needs to have a great view and no distractions from the outside world.

Granted, such areas do require some research. However, once you find them, they are worth it. 

If this is your first try at primitive camping, you may want to stay a bit closer to civilization – especially if you are camping solo.

Such places may be beautiful, but the darkness and silence of the night can sometimes play with your mind. Knowing that you are near civilization is a good way to silence those thoughts and enjoy the trip.

Primitive Camping Tips – Disconnect from the Outside World

Campfire with a vintage kettle next to the beautiful lake.

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When going on a primitive camping trip, I like to completely disconnect from the world. My phone is usually switched to silent, and I very rarely check it. 

The only reason it is not switched off completely is to keep the location services on just in case someone needs to find where I am. 

This is done for safety purposes.

If you want to take something with you to pass the time, a book is your best bet. Alternatively, you can try your hand at whittling, fire-making, plant identification, and so forth.

Primitive Camping Tips – Camp at an Area That Allows Campfires

Camp at an Area That Allows Campfires

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A campfire has a way of taking us back to our primitive selves. Sitting there and listening to its noise and staring at its glow is quite a relaxing experience!

In any case, a camp without a fire just isn’t the same. Therefore, make sure you get yourself the best camping company by going to an area in which fires are allowed.

Make sure that when you leave, the fire has been put out completely. Avoid using dirt or sand to cover the coals because if someone steps over them thinking it’s just dirt, they may get injured by the hot coals. 

Garmin overlander

Primitive camping often involves going into areas that we know little about. This can sometimes lead to getting lost. A good off-road navigation device like the
Garmin Overlander or an application like GAIA GPS allows you to find your way in and out of these areas.

The Garmin overlander features an SOS button just in case you need it. This can provide peace of mind knowing that if you happen to need help, you will be able to get it.

Sure, primitive campers decades ago didn’t have GPS. But for me, having that safety net makes me more confident when I go way off-grid for some time unplugged from the world. 

Primitive Camping Tips – Make It Comfy


Yes, I know, a camper trailer kind of defies the purpose of a primitive camping trip. However, if you think about it, primitive people used to build shelters, and they used everything they could to make them as comfortable as possible.

Therefore, a camper trailer can be classified as a primitive effort to survive in such environments. Right?

Obi Dweller Right Side Profile

In any case, there is something wonderful about having all the comforts and amenities of home in the middle of nowhere, and this is exactly what the Dweller 15 from OBi Camper offers. 

This is a pop-up camper that manages to keep a relatively compact footprint while also providing a good amount of space when popped up for camping.


The canvas pop-up top also helps you stay closer to nature as it is a similar experience to sleeping in a tent. You can still hear the sounds of nature, and that is crucial for having that primitive camping experience.

Inside you will find loads of features that make it a comfortable place to camp, such as:

  • High-end laminate cabinets and flooring
  • En Suite Shower and cassette toilet
  • Plush folding queen mattress (69.5″ x 80″)
  • Under-bunk A/C system
  • Combi heater and hot water unit


Additionally, the Dweller 15 has a dining table for indoor dining when the weather outside isn’t cooperating. You can watch TV, listen to the stereo, and enjoy the view from the windows that are equipped with day and night window shades and bug-out screens.

The Dweller 15 is also equipped with a pull-out galley that features a sink and a two-burner stovetop. There’s also a pull-out full-size divided refrigerator and freezer, so while you’re roughing it far from civilization, you can have awesome meals!


Add in a 2000-watt inverter with three 100AH batteries and three 100-watt solar panels, and you have the makings of a camper that will be a cozy home base, even if you’re far from home in the middle of nowhere.

It can also tackle the rough stuff thanks to an articulating towing coupler, independent coil suspension, and all-terrain tires. 

Obi Dweller Chassis

Camping for multiple days will also be easy thanks to a 21-gallon freshwater tank, a 31-gallon city water tank, and a 21-gallon gray water tank. 

The Dweller 15 is a great choice for anyone that wants to elevate the quality of their primitive off-grid camping experiences.

Primitive Camping Tips – Final Thoughts

Two female friends sitting next to campfire in a wild camp in the mountain.

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Primitive camping can be a great experience, especially if you plan and prepare and allow yourself some amenities that make your primitive camping site a little more comfortable.

Unplugging for a few days and getting off-grid is an ideal way to rest and recharge – and it’s something we should all do more often!

If you have further questions regarding primitive camping tips or regarding anything else off-road or overland-related, head over to the forum section of our page.

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