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Camping is something we throughly enjoy as a family. Every time we even mention the possibility of going camping, our kids jump at the opportunity.
We enjoy it so much, we are actually purchasing a seasonal site for next year so we can all go and enjoy ourselves, the kids can make lasting friendships, and we can just get out of the house without the stress of loading everything up.
Every time we go camping, our kids really enjoy it. In fact, we all do! Our kids enjoy being outdoors anyway, so camping comes a bit more naturally to them. We used to go camping in our trusty tent but have since upgraded to a small travel trailer and we enjoy every minute of it. We cook over a campfire, hike and explore the outdoors, have quality family time without a bunch of technological distractions, and make lasting memories with our children.
The days are getting longer, the weather warmer, and we’re ready to get out and camp. There are so many benefits to it and it’s an experience you’ll want to have again and again.
8 Amazing Reasons You Need to Take Your Kids Camping
1. Nature is much more entertaining than TV or video games.
Kids have way too much screen time now days. Their days often revolve around TV, computers, video games, and handheld devices. The world is passing them, and everyone else, by and no one even notices. Get out into the great outdoors and leave the gadgets behind for a truly fun experience that none of those gadgets can even hope to replicate.
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2. It’s budget friendly.
Hotels are expensive. On the contrast, camping doesn’t cost much at all and camping in a camper is even better than a hotel room! In fact, there are many, many places you can camp for free across the country, even in a trailer. Taking a road trip and going camping is much more budget friendly than staying in pricey hotels while on vacation. You’ll be able to see more and go more often if you camp. What a great way to let your kids see the states without breaking the bank.
3. You can really connect.
Social media, smart phones, computers, emails, instantaneous news. They all mean we are connected to what’s going on in the world around us. Yet, we’re all disconnected as a family unit. Staring at the TV, the phone, the iPad. Get outside and your kids will open up and you’ll really start to communicate and become closer and more connected as a family.
4. They grow up too fast.
Your kids will be grown and moved away in the blink of an eye. Spend some quality time with them. Rushing around all week to work and get stuff done. Setting up agendas for your next vacation. That’s not what it’s all about. Time stops when you’re camping. It slows down and you can take things in. Kids grow up fast, take the opportunity to slow down and relish the moment.
5. You can make lasting memories.
Go make some memories with your kids! I still remember when I was a child and my parents took me camping. Your kids will look back on the time you spent “roughing it” fondly as adults.
6. It will keep them (and you) healthy.
Camping affords the benefit of getting away from polluted city air to breathe fresh, cleaner air. Our circadian rhythms will reset due to the fact we are living by the sun and moon instead of by the nearest lamp. It also lends numerous opportunities to be active. Whether it’s a simple game of frisbee, a trip fishing, or a hike in the nearby area… those are all active solutions to our otherwise sedentary lifestyles.
7. It will help them appreciate and enjoy nature.
We could all stand a little more time in nature and a little less time stuffed inside. It helps everyone become a little more connected with their natural surrounds. This can encourage cleaning up and taking care of the planet we call home. It provides an opportunity to see how wonderful and beautiful our natural surroundings really are. Completely unfiltered.
8. It’s fun!
It really is fun to go out and camp. There are experiences and memories that you cannot get with any other endeavor. Get out and try it, you’ll be amazed at home much fun you all have and the great memories you’ll make in the process.