There’s never been a better chance to unplug (your tablet) and recharge (your self). Here’s why camping has its advantages for families:
Time together. Do you ever really sit down for dinner as a family? Logistics conspire against it; but research bears out just how important it is. Camping is the perfect way to gather ‘round the table—except instead of a table, it’s a toasty campfire, with gooey melted S’mores for dessert. Bonding time!
Healthy eating. Eating fresh-caught fish or meat delivers protein and healthy fats, without any preservatives or unnatural ingredients. And while you might not pack the most virtuous snacks, you will definitely burn any extra calories while exploring the great outdoors.
Living skills. Going camping not only teaches kids to build a fire or catch a fish—it instills an appreciation for nature that will inspire kids to love and protect their planet. And because no two camping trips are the same, the experience helps sharpen thinking—teaching self-reliance, confidence, and finding solutions by keeping calm.
Once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Civil War battlefields; canoe trips down the river; apple picking; boardwalk and beaches. When you’re on vacation mode, nearby adventures beckon, and you’re far more likely to answer the call. No laundry to fold, no bills to pay—in short, no excuse.
Better health. Surprising, but true! Did you know that time outdoors can lower your blood pressure, improve digestion and boost your immunity? And a leisurely day in the sunlight can heighten your mood and help you sleep better—all while upping your Vitamin D intake.