Quick History Of Tents and Camping

Good inTents

A Quick History

From Caves

We emerged

The history of tents and camping is a tapestry woven with threads of human ingenuity, adventure, and the eternal quest for connection with nature. Dating back thousands of years, the story of tents and camping is as rich and diverse as the landscapes they have sheltered.

Our Long Past

Ancient Origins

The earliest evidence of tent-like structures dates back to the Paleolithic era, when early humans roamed the Earth as nomadic hunter-gatherers. These resourceful ancestors used whatever materials were available to fashion simple shelters from branches, animal hides, and foliage. These primitive shelters provided protection from the elements and a sense of security in the vast wilderness.

As human civilization began to take root, so too did the development of more sophisticated tent designs. The ancient Egyptians, for example, used woven reeds to create portable shelters known as "papyrus tents." These structures were lightweight, durable, and easily transported, making them ideal for exploration, trade expeditions, and ceremonial gatherings.

Across the globe, cultures from the Mongolian steppes to the Native American plains developed their own unique styles of tent architecture, tailored to the specific demands of their environments and lifestyles. From the yurts of Central Asia to the tipis of the Great Plains, these portable dwellings became an integral part of human history, serving as homes, meeting places, and symbols of cultural identity.

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Jumping Ahead

Pre Modern Era

It wasn't until the 19th century that camping as a recreational activity began to gain popularity in Europe and North America. The Romantic movement, with its celebration of nature and the sublime, inspired urban dwellers to seek solace in the great outdoors. Artists, writers, and philosophers extolled the virtues of a simpler way of life, free from the trappings of industrialization.

In 1855, the world's first camping club, the Association of Cycle Campers, was founded in England, ushering in a new era of outdoor recreation. The invention of lightweight, portable tents made camping more accessible to the masses. Innovations such as the A-frame design and the use of lightweight materials like canvas and nylon revolutionized the camping experience, allowing adventurers to explore remote wilderness areas without sacrificing comfort or convenience.

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, camping became increasingly popular as a family activity, with parents and children alike embracing the opportunity to escape the confines of city life and reconnect with nature. Campgrounds sprang up across the country, offering amenities such as running water, picnic tables, and fire pits, making camping more comfortable and convenient than ever before.



The mid-20th century witnessed a golden age of camping, as post-war prosperity and the advent of the automobile made outdoor recreation more accessible than ever before. Families would pile into their cars and embark on cross-country road trips, camping along the way in state parks, national forests, and roadside campsites.

Despite the rise of RVs and camper trailers, tent camping remained a beloved pastime for millions of people around the world. Whether pitching a tent in the backyard, hiking into the backcountry, or attending music festivals and outdoor events, camping continues to inspire a sense of adventure, camaraderie, and connection with the natural world.

In recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in minimalist camping and wilderness survival skills, as people seek to unplug from the digital world and rediscover the simple joys of outdoor living.

Good inTents Rainbow tent on green grass above a lake near mountains

With Good inTents

21st Century Camping

With Good inTents the story of camping and tents continues to evolve, driven by advanced design and personal experience, we wanted to make the future more fun. So we created a modern, well designed, Inflatable Tent.

Easy and quick, an Ξ©Tent (Omega-Tent) inflates in 90 seconds and lets you enter though a Inflatable Hinge Door. Unpack in into the Inflatable Shelves and feel organized, especially with kids.

Great for Digital Nomads, for the modern mobile work life. Got a big backyard in a cool spot? A Good inTent is perfectly pitched to a host guests, in your cool backyard bedroom.

No matter how much the world changes, one thing remains constant: the timeless appeal of sleeping under the stars, surrounded by the sights and sounds of the great outdoors.

For countless generations, and for generations to come, tents and camping will continue to inspire wonder, adventure, and a deep appreciation for the beauty and majesty of the natural world.