Camping is an inexpensive activity you can do together as a whole family. If you’re not completely sold on the idea of spending some time in nature with your kids, here’s 7 reasons why you should:
1. It gets you outside
How much time do you spend trying to get your kids to go outside? Camping gets you permanently out into the great outdoors until you come home again, giving your kids the maximum amount of outside time possible.
2. Reduces screen time
There’s no TV in a tent, and if you camp somewhere off the beaten track, you’ll have limited access to power too. This means you can’t charge devices and they’ll need to remain switched off. Even if you do have access to power, you can make it a camping rule that phones and other devices have to stay switched off for the duration.
3. It’s cheap
Once you’ve got all the gear, camping is a cheap way to take a break. Camping sites usually only charge a small fee per night which makes it very affordable.
4. Visit new places
Use camping as a way to visit new places and discover areas you’ve never been to before. Camp beside a creek or on the beach and spend your whole time exploring.
5. Spend quality time together
Disconnecting from technology and connecting with each other can help to strengthen the bonds between you and kids as well. Camping gives you time to talk, hang out together and spend some quality time as a family.
6. Teach your kids to respect nature
Kids learn to respect nature when they go camping. You learn where to put up a tent so it doesn’t damage land, to take rubbish away with you when you leave, and how to deal with the weather with nothing more than a tent to protect you from the elements.
7. Learn some new skills
Use camping as a means to learn new skills. Perhaps putting up and taking down a tent is a new skill for your family. Otherwise go fishing, build a fire, take a nature walk or go canoeing.
8. Make new friends
When you go camping, you’re usually not the only people around. Camping can be a very social activity, giving your kids a chance to make some new friends.
Camping is a fun and affordable way to connect with your family and disconnect from technology. Take your kids camping this weekend and reconnect with nature together.