Anyone you ask has a different reason for camping. Some like to disconnect from technology and reconnect with nature. Some families go camping to revitalize their relationships, away from all the distractions at home. Maybe it is to connect with the past or to learn new skills such as how to build a fire, pitch a tent, or read a compass. Camping means different things to different people.
So why go camping?
Here are some common reasons why people choose to "rough it" while camping.
Explore Nature Camping is an immersive experience, providing an adventure in nature. While camping you can feel the sunshine, the rain and wind. You can see wildlife in their natural setting and hear the sounds of coyotes, songbirds and maybe an elk call. See natural features, like mountains, rivers, or sand dunes, at different times of day. Spending the nights outdoors allows you to view constellations not visible at home.
Improve Health Camping does a body and mind good. The physical demands of camping in the backcountry clearly count as exercise. But any kind of camping has health benefits. Some are straightforward, like setting up camp or hiking. Mental health improves outside. Researchers linked outdoor activity to a decrease in depressive thoughts. Sleeping under the stars helps you get in touch with your natural circadian rhythms, a foundation for high quality sleep and health.
Digital Detox Sometimes you just need a break from technology and reconnect with nature. Some AZ Places will have poor, or no cell connectivity, that you can take advantage of. Allowing you to put down the digital devices and focus on the basics. Sit back and relax with a good book, draw in a sketchbook, or write in a journal.
Strengthen Relationships Shared experiences shape the memories that make up life-long relationships. Sitting around the fire and other camp activities allow for face-to-face conversations. Share stories. Being quiet together. Enjoying a camp meal.
Develop Life Skills Camping requires you to rely on yourself and others to meet your basic needs such as setting up camp, building a fire, survive the elements, or being alone with your thoughts. But these are more than just survival skills; these abilities give you confidence and self-worth that carries over into all other aspects of your life. It just takes a little effort and guidance, and you'll be setting up tents in no time!
What do you enjoy about camping? What benefits has it had in your life? Share by providing a comment below.