You get the chance to DISCONNECT
We are all far too connected to the internet, our phones, tablets, laptops etc. camping is the perfect excuse to have an electronic detox. Instead, go for a hike, read a book, play a game or simply sit and watch the clouds go by. But do keep a mobile handy for any emergency’s … and a quick selfie!
You can RECONNECT with friends and family
Some of my best memories as a kid were of family holidays camping. It’s where I learnt to ride my bike, where I watched my Dad slide a river bank (more than once!) and was in fact Matt and I’s first holiday together.
Plus, there is nothing better than sitting around a campfire with a glass of wine in your hand just chilling with friends. It’s pure relaxation!
It is super CHEAP
Nine times out of ten camping will be much cheaper than a hotel, air BNB or even a hostel. For example, camping in Banff National Park during peak season can range from $15 CAD (approximately £8.75) to $33 CAD (approximately £19.20) where as hostels start from around $28 CAD for a shared dorm.
We saved loads on accommodation in Vancouver by camping just outside the city and travelling in by bus instead of staying downtown.
You can take your DOG
Whilst we can’t take our house-sitting pets camping with us here in Canada as we are here to look after homes as well, my family dog (Billy the Whippet) loves to go camping. He is a bit of a fair-weather camper as he doesn’t like the rain, but he loves sitting in the front of my parent’s caravan watching the world go by and going on trips to the pub with my Dad.
Being at one with NATURE
Depending on where you are camping you can totally embrace your inner flower child whilst camping. In Canada, sites are nestled amongst the trees which feels amazing when you wake up in the morning!
Back in the UK I find that sites are more ‘pruned’ but that doesn’t mean you can’t feel the grass between you toes or listen to the chirping birds.
Good for your HEALTH
Getting outdoors can give you some much needed vitamin D after the grey winter months. You can also get some great exercise setting up you tent, fetching water and hiking.
Another bonus is that you can reset your body clock. If you are in a tent there isn’t anything stopping the sun from seeping through in the morning. This means you can rise with the sun each day and settle at sunset!
Get to see the STARS
Once you’ve watched the sunset the stars will start to appear. The more rural the location there is less chance of light pollution and more chance of seeing a sky full of stars. I remember camping on night in California and my breath was quite literally taken away as every inch of the night sky was packed with constellations! I’d never seen anything like it!
Top tip : pack your telescope and even better, a map of the night sky.
Learn new SKILLS
You don’t become a skilled camper overnight. The first time you set up your tent there will more than likely be an argument. You will always forget something, just a few years ago I sat eating my cereal out of a saucepan as I’d not packed bowls! This year I learnt how to make my own fire starters… and a fire!
Skills you can learn while camping:
|How to build a campfire||How to cook on an open fire|
|Map skills||Animal tracking|
|How to pitch a tent||How to choose a tent site|
|Different knots||Navigating with a compass|
Need I say anymore… this is one piece of North American culture I am quite happy has infiltrated Britain! Perfect for all the family, its cheap, easy and fun activity.
For the perfect simple s’more:
You’ll need some biscuits (cookies), I like to use half coated chocolate digestive for an extra bit of sweetness, marshmallows and roasting sticks
Pop your marshmallow on the end of you stick and hold it over the fire. You’ll want a little bit of browning across the ‘mallow. Just don’t catch them on the flames as they won’t cook on the inside!
Have your biscuit of choice ready and waiting.
When it’s nicely toasted, pop it in between two cookies and slide your stick out.
Now enjoy, be careful it will be hot!
You can do it ANYWHERE
You don’t need to go to the other side of the world to enjoy a great camping adventure. If you don’t have much time, head to a local campsite. One of my favourite things to do on a long weekend is head just an hour down the road from my hometown Shrewsbury to Little Hereford with the family and Billy, of course!
Alternative: set up camp in your garden. My sister and I used to love backyard camping when we were younger…usually Dad was just trying to dry the tent out though!
What’s your favourite thing about camping? Where is your favourite place to sleep outdoors? Drop me a comment below.
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