If you haven’t taken a family camping trip yet, you need to. Camping is an adventure. It’s an awakening experience. It brings families closer together. It’s one of those things that families and friends can do together that builds lasting memories and gives children and adults the opportunity to grow and develop skills and confidences that they can’t acquire anywhere else. If you’re not ready to pack your gear and head out yet, here are five other reasons why you should.
Camping Disconnects You From The Stresses of the World: The world moves fast, to keep up with it, we have to move fast too. Between work, family, obligations, technology and everything else we struggle to find time for, things can become a blur. We get so caught up in the pursuit of catching up, sometimes we have a tendency to not “live” while we live our lives. Camping unplugs you and removes those stressors while recharging your batteries. It allows you to do what you want, or do nothing at all. You get a new appreciation of what you need in your life and what you don’t. You will come back from your trip feeling relaxed, but more energized and with better focus.
Your children will love it: Kids love camping! How many times have your kids made a makeshift tent out of a blanket and some furniture then imagined they were on a great adventure? A lot I bet. When you camp, not only are they outside stimulating their mind, but everyone gets to get involved. Your kids get to learn skills like setting up a tent, cooking over a fire and they get to explore nature and develop a better appreciation for it. Add to this uninterrupted family time and you can even bring your dog! It’s a win-win!
You can be as primitive as want to be: You don’t have to camp in the remote wilderness which requires you to hike in with all of your gear if you don’t want to. There are campgrounds that cater to the “car camper” that offer lots of amenities like bath houses, restrooms, electricity and running water.
Its affordable: Once you make your initial investment in what gear you need, camping is a very inexpensive vacation. Aside from campground fees, all you have to pay for is food. Compared to the costs of other vacations, camping is very cheap.
You can camp as near or as far from home as you want: There are campgrounds everywhere. There’s probably one within an hours drive from your home. Websites like Reserve America.com and KOA.com have a directory of campgrounds that allow you to see what the campgrounds are like, what amenities they offer and make reservations online.
These are just some of the many reasons camping is an amazing activity for families. What do you enjoy the most? Let me know in the comments section, I would love to hear from you.
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