If you wait until springtime to plan your camping trips, you're gonna find all the campsites booked and all the gear at premium prices. Right now might be your last chance to gear up for a relative pittance. And then go book that campsite ASAP or you'll be pitching that tent in the Wal-Mart parking lot.
Camping began over 40,000 years ago when it was just what everybody did all the time. It didn't even have a name, because that's just how everybody lived. Now we're so spoiled that it's a big event to do for two nights what our ancestors did their entire lives. So chew on that.