Wholesale sales of camping sports equipment in the U.S. 2007-2019

In 2018, wholesale sales of camping backpacks in the United States amounted to some 634.3 million U.S. dollars, making it the top selling product category in the overall wholesale camping equipment market.

Camping in the United States

Camping is a popular and relatively affordable way for people to escape from the hustle and bustle of urban areas when taking a vacation. It is seen as an alternative to a resort holiday or a city break. To many there is a special connection with camping as it allows them to appreciate the beauty of an area’s natural surroundings. In the United States, around 67 percent of Americans living in the West go camping at least occasionally. The three most common types of accommodations when going camping are tents, RVs, and cabins, with tents being the most popular option among Americans.

Sporting Goods Retail in the U.S.

Although there are many options available for where and how to purchase sporting and outdoors equipment, especially with the growing popularity of online retailers, stores such as Dick’s Sporting Goods, Bass Pro, and Academy Sports + Outdoors are the top performers. In 2017, Dick’s Sporting Goods was the top leisure retailer in the United States.

Camping equipment wholesale sales in the U.S. from 2007 to 2019 (in million U.S. dollars)*

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Release date

March 2020


United States

Survey time period

2007 to 2019

Supplementary notes

* Based on a combination of aggregated quantitative data that is collected from a sample of manufacturers in a variety of product categories combined with a series of interviews and other industry data.

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