Knowing how to tie different camping knots is an essential skill in your arsenal. Whether you are a hardcore backpacker or a family camper, reading knot tying instructions is necessary for you to be safe and successful on your next trip.

And, these knots are not only useful for camping and hiking, but also for other activities, such as rock climbing, boating, fishing, and even knitting.

Below are the best camping knots for you to learn. You could learn these by examining knot tying diagrams, but they are all learned easier by viewing videos. I will provide YouTube videos for you to quickly and efficiently learn these knots to know for camping.

So What are the Best Knots for Camping?

Slip Knot

This is also called the “running knot”. The slip knot is one of the most versatile and useful camping knots. It is extremely easy to tie, and once finished, will make a loop that will tighten when pulled. This knot will never come apart, unless you pull on the end of the rope, which will allow you to quickly and effortlessly untie it.

The slip knot’s applications are endless: attaching a rope to an object, creating a running loop, knitting, etc. If you were to pick one essential knot to learn, it would be this one. Watch the video below to learn how to tie this knot.