1. Reconnect With Nature
Camping requires you to go out of the city to a national park or wilderness lands, and the camping grounds are about as close as you can get to some of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring places on earth.
Skipping stones on the blue waters of a lake, fishing out of a rushing natural river, or enjoying the view of the cliffs of a mountain after a long hike. These are the things that many people don’t get to experience but spend their free time longing to do something incredible like this.
You are an intelligent “animal,” and you weren’t meant to sit inside a building all day long working to pay bill after bill. Get outside, go live a little.
2. Disconnect From The Grid
While you’re choosing to live a little, you can get far away from Wi-Fi or even a cell signal, so you and your children can leave their technology at home or in the car.
It’s time to get up close and personal with something other than a news feed. Go on an adventure and find some wildflowers, bugs, swimming holes, and even stare up at the stars at night to learn the Milky Way.
A few privately-owned campgrounds will have Wi-Fi if you absolutely need to pull up maps or reach someone, but the whole point of camping is to get away from the mundane and same day-to-day living.
Camping is a combination of many exercises. To list just a few… hiking, biking, swimming, fishing, walking, rafting, climbing, jumping, cutting, throwing, and more!
It’s not only a test of energy levels but also a test of wilderness skills. You will need to exercise not only your brawn but your brain too! How to cook, create a fire, and set up tents can all be a challenge if you’ve never done it before.
4. Find Some Quiet Time
Unwind. Clear your mind and listen to the river, the wind in the trees, and the crickets at night. The stillness in your surroundings brings a calm over you that can’t be found in the city.
There isn’t a sound of rushing cars, sirens, or city life out in the middle of nowhere.
You need an escape once in a while. All that noise can be stressful.
5. Enjoying New Foods
You may not exactly eat new foods, but you will definitely be eating different variations of the foods you’ve already had before. Burgers, bacon, eggs, s’mores, and hotdogs aren’t going to be cooked over a stovetop or in the microwave.
You’ll have to master your over-the-flame cooking, so make sure you bring some foil and skewers as a backup.
6. See The Stars
No artificial lights. No ceilings to block your view of the endlessness of space. Nothing but you, the sky, and the stars.
Camping allows you to watch the day turn to night as the stars creep into the sky. Share these moments with someone important to you.
7. Learn Outdoor Skills
Oh yes, you will be learning more than a few outdoor skills, unless you do things the easy way and bring an RV with everything you need…
The exercises, the cooking, the set-up, the adventuring, the maps, the travel – it all requires patience, focus, and simple understanding of the wilderness and survival.
8. Refresh Relationships
Leaving the busy distractions in the city and getting some quiet time with loved ones can help bring the focus and love back into relationships.
Camping creates a person to person magic as no other distractions can seep into your quality time. Rediscover conversation, tell interesting stories, and just enjoy the silence together.
9. Be Different
Camping is different. Camping is awesome. When everyone gets back from their weekend or their time off, they tell of dinner and movie or Netflix at the house.
Camping is unusual in most city and suburban life and many people will actually be jealous of your adventure and want to join you the next time. Bringing more people is oftentimes what makes camping so much more enjoyable.
It’s you and a whole bunch of friends getting away from it all.
Camping is a one-and-done type of thing. Not to say you will only go camping once and call it quits!
We mean: Once you have everything you need the first time, you won’t be needing to buy/get much else after that except for maybe food and drinks.
Tents, blankets, and camping gear often last a lifetime (just as it was meant to), so plan out your trips and hit the road again and again if it ends up being something you absolutely love!