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Why Go Camping?

December 15, 2016 / no comments, on Camping

Sometimes you need a little motivation to get up and head outside. The process of finding a campground, organizing and packing your gear can deter even hardcore campers from venturing out.

Unlike many other types of trips, a camping vacation gives you the opportunity to literally do nothing for a weekend-or even longer. Once your tent and campsite is set-up, you don’t have to worry about cleaning, laundry, putting on your best outfit for an evening out, grocery shopping or any other tasks that seem to consume our everyday lives. And it’s a chance for you to turn off the smartphone, computer and other electronics to just sit back and relax.

Reconnect with nature

There is nothing like The Great Outdoors. Whether you are an experienced camper or just an average Joe looking to reconnect with nature, a camping trip will make a unique experience each and every time. The rough terrain of the wilderness will push you to your limits, and the fresh air of the night beneath a starry sky will give you a profound understanding of how fragile and tiny we are. Regardless of whether you are going camping with your friends in a park nearby, or going on a hiking expedition to a remote location, preparation is the key to a safe and successful trip.

 

It’s inexpensive

Camping is still an excellent choice for a budget holiday. You can bring most of what you need from home and borrow or buy very cheaply what you don’t have. Campsites start from just £6 a night, you can cook for yourselves and spend most of the day outside on the beach, playing games and enjoying the countryside. How else could you get a 2-week beach holiday for a family of 4 during the summer holidays for less than $250 all in?

Spend times with your pets

Although camping is fun for both you and your pet, you should be aware of the responsibilities as well as precautions involved with bringing along your furry friend. Below is a list of steps that will help you and your pet have a fun and safe vacation, as well as some great campgrounds that allow pets. Camping trip is a great way for them to get exercise, experience new sights and smells, and spend quality time with you.

 

Family time

Kids absolutely love camping. They get to enjoy the freedom of the outdoors, they will meet other kids and make new friends on the campsite, and best of all they will learn some self-sufficiency and resilience. Camping is a great education for children and a brilliant fun holiday full of endless entertainment.

Exercise

If your daily routine entails slaving away in an office or at home with the kids, chances are your opportunities to exercise are limited. The solution? Go camping. While camping, you will likely explore new surrounds; perhaps wandering through a nearby national park or even mountain climbing.

This increased exercise has been well-documented – from the Heart Foundation to the Department of Health – as having myriad physical and mental benefits, including combatting health problems and disease and improving your mood and energy levels. This point is not limited to camping: simply escape the daily grind and hit the great outdoors.

Rekindle Relationships

Dirty weekends aren’t just for new lovers. Time away from everyday stress can remind you how much you enjoy each other’s company – and it needn’t cost much if you go camping. Put up a tent up in the back garden or camp out on the beach. Going camping brings out all your vulnerabilities and even a few of your handy skills that your partner might not know you have. So get in with the dirt and grit and spend a night under the stars, roasting marshmallows and sharing body heat!

Refresh before the work week

Having a busy life with so much work can affect quality time that should be spent for the family, particularly the children. Also, children of today’s generation barely spend time playing outside and enjoy the outdoors. Most of them are playing computer games and watching TV inside the house. Camping is a great way to break away from work and technology and focus more on spending quality time with family and enjoy various camping activities that everyone will surely enjoy.

Camping is also a great avenue to know and make new friends from fellow campers and hikers that you may find along the way. This is a great way to share and exchange camping experiences and learn new things from them, and even enjoy activities together with new friends.
Campfires
A campfire is a fire at a campsite that provides light and warmth, and heat for cooking. It can also serve as a beacon, and an insect and predator deterrent. Established campgrounds often provide a stone or steel fire ring for safety. Campfires are a popular feature of camping. We have an article how to build a campfire

The Stars

After a day spent wandering wooded paths, admiring breathtaking views, and dipping your toes into a crystal-clear creek, you huddle around a campfire to look up at the glowing stars, crack a beer, and enjoy some more—ahh, peace and quiet. Then you zip up into your tent for a few hours and wake to the faint hint of early morning sunlight and the sweet sound of birds chirping in the distance. This is what camping is all about.

Sunsets and Sunrises

There’s something magical about watching the first rays of the new day peek over the horizon. Or, equally so, witnessing the last bits of evening glow sink slowly behind the far-flung distant mountains.

No two are ever the same, making them all the more addicting. A chilly sunrise, framed in mountains and bordered by wispy clouds, brilliantly reflects a colorful show, making an early morning dawn hike all the more worthwhile. And catching the day’s last light on a great sunset hike makes for a memorable way to end the day.

Nature Is Beautiful and Smells Good

Like many other activities, camping is not the only way to experience nature, but it has a way of creating more opportunities to do so than just about anything else. Anyone who has spent much time camping or hiking will attest that time in the outdoors and in nature can have a therapeutic effect on us. They are usually not sure why or how to explain it, but they know it carries such benefits as increased relaxation and concentration, positive attitude, improved health, gratitude, tolerance and new perspective.

You get far away from technology

Most campgrounds don’t have Wi-Fi or even a cell signal, so you and your children can leave the tech at home and get up close and personal with wildflowers, bugs, swimming holes and the Milky Way. Some privately-owned campgrounds like KOA do have Wi-Fi if you need to keep in touch or pull up Google maps to plan the next leg of your journey.

You realize how little you can live with

You were able to fit everything you needed into the trunk of a car and realized you could be happy with very little–including plans. You can go big and camp in a 45 foot fifth wheel, or you can keep it simple with a two-person tent.

Camping helps with problem solving

Sometimes camping and its associated activities present you with challenges (and some that not even Professor Google can reliably solve). Often these are challenges that you don’t deal with on a daily basis: where and how to set up your tent; or how to deal with scenarios where you aren’t armed with all your mod-cons or items of familiarity.

In addition, camping introduces you to new experiences – perhaps an activity you’d always wanted to try but never found time for. Whatever the case, new challenges and experiences keep your brain healthy, as they force you to think for yourself.