Why is camping good for you? The health benefits of camping are plentiful for both adults and young people. When you’re spending time at home in your usual routine, you may not realize just how much you’re missing away from nature.
The Benefits of Camping
Camping has a great number of benefits for everyone old and young that you and your family can enjoy while spending time in the great outdoors:
1. Camping Helps with Stress Reduction
Leave the overbooked scheduling at home. When you’re camping, there’s no place to be at a certain time, and there’s nothing interrupting you or competing for your attention. The natural outcome of this type of setting is stress reduction and relaxation like you can’t find anywhere else.
2. Fresh Air Has Numerous Benefits
You may not realize how scarce fresh air is in your day to day life. When you go camping, you get the wondrous scents of the outdoors, as well as the smell of dinner cooking over an open fire.
3. Camping Improves Relationships
One of the best and most important aspects of camping is how it helps you build and strengthen relationships. When you go camping with friends or family, you get a chance to talk and visit without distraction, even late into the night.
4. Camping Promotes Physical Fitness
Time spent camping is physical time. You set up a tent, gather firewood, go for a hike. At home, we often lead sedentary lives that do not promote physical fitness. When you’re camping, you can’t help but engage in physical activity and get your heart rate up.
5. Get Better Sleep Quality When Camping
When was the last time you slept late without an alarm clock to wake you up? When you’re camping, the only alarm clocks you have are the sun and the chirping of birds. Waking up with nature rather than an alarm clock is an experience everyone should have regularly.
6. Camping Allows You to Unplug
Camping is a great chance for everyone to unplug and get away from their screens. In the great outdoors, you don’t find computers, tablets or televisions and there’s so much else to do that does not require electronics.
7. Camping Gives You the Opportunity to Enjoy Great Food
Food just tastes better when prepared in the outdoors. There’s something about cooking food over a campfire, a campsite grill or in a Deluxe Cabin kitchen that just can’t be replicated when you’re eating at home. Plus, nothing beats s’mores made over an open fire. Dream big and plan a great menu before you head out on your next camping trip.
8. Have the Chance to Connect with Nature
When you’re camping, you get a chance to get in touch with nature, encounter wildlife and see the stars away from the bright lights of the big city. There’s nothing quite like it. Make sure you and your family have the chance to connect with nature when you explore the many benefits of camping.
9. Develop New Skills While Camping
You can’t help but develop new skills while camping. Everyone on the trip will contribute and it’s a great chance to learn new things. You may learn how to set up tents, tie knots, start fires, cook a new meal and more. These skills are important to have, and yet we don’t often get a chance to develop them during the course of our regular busy schedules. While the benefits of camping for adults also apply to young people, there are a number of benefits specific to younger campers.
10. An Abundance of Educational Opportunities are Available When Camping
For kids, time spent camping is time spent learning, which is one of the reasons scouting programs are so valuable. They facilitate camping experiences that are built around kids learning new things, including fishing, cooking, hiking, tying knots, fire-starting, safety, first aid and much more.
11. Camping Grows Confidence
It’s important for children to gradually become more independent and confident in their own capabilities. One of the benefits of camping for youth is that it allows them to learn independence in a safe and controlled environment. Children become more confident as they learn new things and have first-time experiences.
12. Build Family Connections Through Camping
Camping is beneficial for children and their families because it can help strengthen bonds between family members — brothers and sisters, parents and children and the list goes on. You will all return home feeling much stronger as a group.
Reserve a Campsite at KOA Today
Are you looking to explore the benefits of camping? Kampgrounds of America has more than 500 locations across North America. Whether you’re looking to travel for your next vacation or just plan a local weekend camping trip, KOA has something for everyone.
Ready to plan your next camping trip? Reserve a campsite today for your next family adventure.
About the Author: Kampgrounds of America
Kampgrounds of America is the largest system of open-to-the-public campgrounds in the world, with over 500 locations across the United States and Canada. Founded in Billings, MT in 1962, KOA’s family of campground brands – KOA Journey, KOA Holiday and KOA Resort – today serve more than a million camping families each year. KOA is dedicated to “connecting people to the outdoors and each other” by providing people with a variety of camping experiences and the information they need to make the most of their camping trip. Read more of their camping and travel resources by visiting KOA.com/blog.