Ever since the obsession with gadgets came into the picture, playing outside or getting involved in physical activity has become an alien concept. Wherever you see, one would always come across children glued to their smartphones, iPads, or laptop screens.In fact, both kids and adults prefer to spend time with their gadgets. Life has been reduced to such screens; no wonder both the physical and mental health is gradually becoming stagnant.
It is unfortunate to see that the concept of relaxing outside has taken a backseat. Technology has hijacked our lives,and we just can’t find a way to limit the impact mobile devices have on our social and recreational activities.
As a responsible parent, you know that excessive use of gadgets isn’t healthy at all. According to CDC reports, an average child spends about 8 hours a day watching electronic screens,and the damage is not just limited to the eyes alone.
It is essential to get your children acquainted with the Mother Nature and equally crucial for every child to value the soil they live on, know the smell of sand and the feel of fresh air. The only possible “harm,”of camping as you call it, would be minor scratches or bruises, we assure you nothing more than that will happen!
Let’s see further why one must plan a camping adventure at least once every year.
- Everyone Can Participate:
Camping has got nothing to do with age.In fact, it is a perfect excuse for a big fat family outing. Each and every one regardless of the age band can enjoy their heart out. This is one tradition, not restricted to any age group. You can take your children as well as the oldest of your home and have a quality, enjoyable and remarkable family time. Age is just a number, after all!
- Valuing and Rekindling of Relationships:
Amidst chaotic lives, crazy schedules, nerve wrecking work commitments, meeting deadlines and fulfilling the demands of one’s profession, it is only natural to unintentionally drift away from personal needs. This is where camping comes as a solution. It allows you to strengthen family ties by providing you an outlet to gather and spend some quality time. You could know your kids in a way that may have been not possible the other way,oryou can avail the time to understand what is going on in your children’s lives.
Camping can prove to be fruitful since you could use it to have that “talk and advice” session with your kids, which you might not often get due to the monotonous routines.Sing together, eat together, gaze at the stars together or just sit in silence and reconnect with your own soul but together, it’s your time!
- Revive Health:
Simply put, you can reinvigorate your mental and physical health on a whole new level. You can regulate your sleeping pattern without the needing that annoying alarm clock of yours.Moreover, one of the best things about camping is that it leads to activities involving physical strength. It leads to exercise which does no harm but only wonders to your body. Not only this but you can get your body moving,and muscles stretched with swimming, hiking, canoeing or even just by exploring.
Bathingin thesunshine is an excellent way to replenish your Vitamin-D stores and help your body absorb the calcium for stronger bones. Remember adequate vitamin D levels areuseful incancer prevention, rickets prevention in kids and for reducing the risk of flu.
- Expand the Skill-set:
Through camping, you could learn a thing or two about survival skills. You can polish your skills or go on to broaden your horizon by learning new things. For instance, kids can be taught how a tent is set, how to fish and most importantly, or how to properly clean a fish. In addition to this, how to cook outdoors are other fantastic skills that your children can master when camping.
Above all, the kids can practice the art of reading a map.Tackling directions can make one go bonkers. Yes! You never know when they got to travel on their own and this skill comes into use. Also, camping makes it easy for the kids to come out their comfort zones and deal with situations like rain or snow.
- It Is Pocket-friendly:
Yes, folks! Camping is super lighton the pocket. There is entirelyno chance of going bankrupt, only if you do the planning right! If you want to plan vacations with your kids, your parents, in short, the entire family, within a budget then camping is the perfect option. It is affordable,unlike having a vacation in a tourist area. A campsite for sure would cost less than spending days and nights at a hotel let alone the traveling costs. Besides, kids love to hop, play and explore and for that what better than camping.
The only possible cost involved is that of the camping equipment and the food – but the good news is that you can buy outdoor gear on a budget.Camping teaches kids that happiness lies in little things and that less is more.
The Bottom Line: Get and Give Back to Nature:
Show your children that there is a world outside the technological barriers they have put their hearts and mind into. Taking them to camping would give the kids an opportunity to connect with nature in the most real way. In other words, camping can be a sort of reality check for the kids. They would begin to appreciate things which they might have been taken for granted, for example, the trees, the clean water sources, and the air, without which survival is utterly impossible. Instill in them a sense of responsibility regarding Mother Nature and teach them the significance of taking care of it. Load their minds with appreciation and respectfulness for nature and its beauty.
Tempted to plan one right away after reading this, but clueless as to how to begin the preparations? Well, fret not as there are plenty of online resources that can help you plan your overnight camping adventure.
Remember if you do your homework, there will be no obstacle between you and the experience you would ultimately get through camping. Live up to the fullest and make the most of youradventure. Happy camping!
Judy Robinson is a passionate travel and adventure blogger who loves to share travel stories and ideas with the world. She is particularly interested in writing and sharing information on travel, culture, outdoor adventures, leadership, entrepreneurs, gastronomy, and social issues. Her goal is to encourage individuals (especially youth) to follow their dreams and reach their creative potential. Follow @judyrobinson for more updates.