I woke up one morning and looked over at my incredible wife and three children. Even though we have had the same routine for years; something was different that morning. I noticed little details that I usually ignored as I rushed off to work. We were all so connected to technology that we were disconnected from each other.
As the father of three teenagers, I was used to seeing them on their smartphones all day every day; we hardly had any conversations anymore. There and then, I decided we needed a little family getaway, and my brilliant solution was camping!
A short family vacation was just what the doctor ordered. There were grumbles at first, of course, but the trip turned out so much better and more meaningful than any of us expected. This surprising but welcome result has motivated me to share all the fantastic benefits we enjoyed, in the hopes that your family can share in them too. So, here they are.
Why You Should Camp With Family
1. No intrusive technology
We all spend a lot of time in front of a screen, whether it’s a tablet, TV, or playing video games. The beautiful thing about camping is that you can make it screen-and-technology-free, as we did. We didn’t bring electronics with us, and even our phones were turned off. It was a wonderful break from our routine life, social media, and work.
2. It helped us bond as a family
I had hoped that camping would help us really see ourselves as a family and bond properly away from technology, and boy was I right! By camping out in the middle of the woods, we learned how to work together and solve problems in a fun way. There was a lot of trial and error as we tackled several challenges, but it was a successful camping experience. The bonus? Our teenagers now think we are superhumans; after all, they learned from us. Who knew dad could start up a fire with just two rocks?
3. Quality time with family within the budget
It always seems like no matter how much money comes in; it still gets sucked up by mandatory financial obligations like clothes, food, utilities, car payments, and house bills. The camping trip, which was already spectacular in so many ways, became even more-so when we realized we didn’t have to spend too much money to make it happen.
Camping gives you an excellent opportunity to explore the great outdoors with your family, while still saving money and staying within your budget.
4. Enjoyable outdoor activities
Whether it is collecting acorns or toasting marshmallows over an open fire, there is no limit to the amount of fun you can find in an outdoor experience. The recreational opportunities that complement camping are numerous. We took the less formal approach and chose a spot where there was a great waterfall nearby. So, it was a lot of fishing, hunting, hiking, bird watching, swimming, and more; the list is endless. These outdoor activities also kept us active. We were engaged in activities that didn’t involve us being on a seat all day, and we felt productive, entertained, and exhausted by the end of the day.
5. Improved our Problem Solving Skills
From the moment we arrived at the campsite, there were a lot of problems to tackle. From learning how to properly pitch the tent to ensure it remains upright while we sleep, to starting a fire in order to cook our meals, we engaged as a family. Everyone contributed ideas on how to solve the problem, and together, we accomplished our goals. And one can’t forget the necessity of individual problem-solving skills when occasionally getting “lost” in the woods and need to figure out how to make the trail home using landmarks.
6. A lesson on self-confidence
While camping in parks, nature centers, or the woods, there are unique opportunities to teach your children confidence. You can show them that you don’t have to check Google every time you need an answer to something. They learn to trust in their instincts and employ critical thinking to solve problems their way.
7. Exercises that help you keep fit
Depending on the activities included in your camping trip, camping is a great way to exercise. Some excellent workouts for the entire body include walking, hiking, and swimming. Fishing requires using the arms and shoulders, which is a great way to exercise these parts. Another great workout activity is boating which also gives the arms, shoulders, and legs a workout, depending on the type of boat.
8. Improve mental and emotional health
Camping is a way to connect with nature and can significantly improve everyone's mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Every family member has a chance to reconnect with nature, themselves and each other. It provides a relaxing atmosphere in which each person can rejuvenate their personal health while still having lots of fun. Camping is a good, pleasant, inexpensive way to exercise the mind while having quality family time together.
9. Unwind, Relax and be stress-free
Adults and kids alike are exposed to an overwhelming amount of pressure in our modern society. From working to trying to get good grades to paying numerous bills on time, everyone feels a little anxious throughout their week. Camping is a sure way to relax and unwind as a family. We let all the worries of our normal life fade away for the weekend while we had real, honest-to-goodness fun. Being able to relieve yourself of stress even increases productivity when you return to your normal routine, so it’s a guaranteed win-win.
10. Sunshine and Fresh Air
Everyone deserves some quality time outdoors, to breathe in clear, fresh air, soak up some sunshine, run freely on the grass, and enjoy the beauty of nature. The fresh air and sunshine helped improve our moods and decrease our stress levels, blood pressure, and heart rate. Enjoying the crisp air made all of us breathe a bit deeper and smile a bit wider.
11. Sleeping under the stars
This is the best sleep you will ever have. Who needs a bedtime and alarm clocks when camping? While camping, your only signals are your body and the sunshine. Sleeping under the stars using a comfy sleeping bag was quite beautiful, and who better to share it with than your equally beautiful family.
12. Cooking over the fire is lit
Sure, it was nothing like we were used to. No gas to get the food cooking fast, no homemade meals, and we had to make do with what we came with. However, eating our meals after being prepared by the fire was a novel experience in itself; we certainly appreciated the food more than we do when it comes easier.
There are so many benefits of camping with the family. However, it is essential to have the necessary equipment while camping to avoid mishaps. This includes a sturdy tent, backpacks, ample water, and food resources, proper clothing, and sleeping bags. Getting the right gear is not a significant financial burden. With proper planning and help from everyone in the family, you will experience all the considerable benefits of camping and more.
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