There are many things to consider with regard to period camping. These include:
- Cooking arangements.
- Supplies (see also: Camping List for some items you may like to take camping)
- Authenticity - a number of groups have little focus beyond fighting and/or short term activities thus spend little time developing authentic (or authentic looking) camp equipment to better immerse themselves in a historical re-creation or the Middle ages.
A camping event lasts anything from overnight to a couple of weeks and normally requires tents and fire pits. Some of these truly involve camping, where you spend the night in your tent (hence camping) and cook your own food. Others involve more civilized accommodations, with cabins, beds, and food provided by the event staff.
In many places in the SCA, the camping event is prevalent because of the long distance many SCAdians have to travel to get there. A day trip would not be possible. In some camping events, usually those that only last the weekend, formal event activities are only scheduled for Saturday, and the day before and after are left for travelling, camping, and socializing. In longer events, activites may be scheduled over several days.