If you’ve never taken your kids camping before, it can be an overwhelming idea. But don’t let it scare you into staying home. Read on to find out why camping with kids can be beneficial for everyone.
Connecting to Nature
What better what to get out into nature than to sleep in it? If you live in a city, your kids probably get only limited exposure to nature. You might go to the park, but do you ever really just roll around in the dirt and explore nature? Camping is the perfect time to do that. Kids learn a lot about nature and how the world works.
When you’re out at a campground, you don’t have all of the conveniences and technology of home. You leave behind the TV and the constant connection to wifi. Without all those barriers, you have more time to spend with your kids to bond. You learn more about each other and have some real conversations. It’s a great way to bond.
Any adventure you take with your kids is a chance to make memories you’ll look back on for years. You’ll likely come out of the experience with some great stories to tell, like how the tent fell down because you set it up wrong or falling in the lake when stepped on a slippery rock. These are the things that strengthen your family because of the shared experience.
Compared to a hotel, camping is generally much cheaper. You do have an initial investment to purchase all of the gear, but you can get by minimally or borrow equipment, especially when you’re first trying it out. Once you get to the campground, you’ll have so many free activities to do. It can be a very affordable vacation option if you don’t have the budget for a full-scale vacation.
Camping can also be good for your health. You’re out in nature breathing in all sorts of fresh air. You spend time in the sun so your body gets vitamin D. You also get plenty of exercise by hiking and playing at the campground. Kids tend to be very active while camping because they don’t have all of their technology to stare at.
Camping is a chance to show your kids how to be self-reliant. You don’t want into a hotel room that is made up and ready to go. You have to set up your own tent and campsite. That takes work, but it also shows kids that a little work can be worth it for an amazing experience.