5 Reasons Everyone Should Try Camping at Least Once
Camping is by far one of my favorite past times. There’s just something truly special about unplugging from the real world and escaping into nature. Although the campgrounds I frequent aren’t always in the middle of the woods, there’s just a certain feeling that surrounds camping. It’s a sense of community and acceptance amongst everyone. There’s a certain “neighborly” feel between campers who adopt the “what’s mine is yours” mentality. Although camping does require a little more work than other vacations, for me, it’s something that everyone in this world should try at least once in their lives. And here’s why.
1. You Don't Have to "Rough It"
Camping has come a long way since I was a kid. We used to exclusively tent camp which meant no beds, no running water, no toilets, and no showers. Nature was our bathroom, playground, and kitchen. There was something almost primitive and animalistic about it. And although I miss this type of camping (a little), I do prefer sleeping in a camping trailer or cabin versus the hard ground.
If you’re new to camping or unsure how well you’d fair sleeping among the stars, there are several options available to you. If you’re not in the market for purchasing an RV or trailer, that’s okay. Campgrounds across the country offer plenty of trailers on site for rental or you can have one delivered! Companies will set it up, stock it, and pick it up when your trip is over. You can also rent a trailer or RV to drive. Campgrounds offer some pretty nice cabin rental options as well. And if you’re really looking to camp in luxury, there are luxury glamping tents available. Think “glamorous camping” - glamping!
2. You Can Escape from Reality
That’s one of my favorite things about camping. Unplugging from the real world and simply spending time with family and friends. Camping affords you the opportunity to sit around the campfire, tell stories, and have real, meaningful conversations. Most campgrounds do offer Wi-Fi so you may need to make a campsite rule that there are no cell phones allowed around the fire. Mornings are meant for drinking your coffee while listening to the world wake up. Afternoons are made of swimming, fishing, playing games, making lunch, and taking naps. Camping means being a minimalist. All you really need is good friends, good food, and good conversation. There’s no need (and no access in some cases) for television or internet. Camping is the perfect way to escape from the real world and reconnect with yourself and others.
3. You Can Buy Cool Gadgets
Camping is the perfect opportunity to buy some pretty neat devices that you may never use any other time. My favorites include grilled cheese sandwich makers, pop-up tables, and cute wooden signs that personalize your campsite. Over the years, we’ve purchased some pretty awesome accessories from smokers for meat, roof racks for our bikes, and sports-themed corn hole boards to gravity chairs, an ice maker, and flat-top grill for cooking. Once you become an avid camper, you’ll start to see some pretty innovative items that other campers have and you want. You’ll soon become part of a camping community. Which brings me to my next point.
4. You Belong to an Exclusive Club
There’s an unsaid unity among campers. When you discover someone else goes camping, the story-swapping begins. You share your best and worst campground experiences, advice on towing trailers and which brands are best. Once you actually arrive at the campground, you’ll be blown away by the friendliness of fellow campers and their willingness to help out. If you’ve never towed a camper or backed one into a site, don’t worry. There will be plenty of people around to lend a helping hand. Did you run out of firewood or forget a certain hose or cable you needed? Never fear! Your neighbor likely has extra that they’d be more than happy to lend you. There’s a sense of comradery and togetherness that surrounds camping and campers. Once you become one, you’ll be part of an exclusive, fun-loving, group!
5. You Can Feel Like a Kid Again
Do you remember being a kid? You didn’t care if you were dirty, your hair wasn’t brushed, and you wore the same clothes three days in a row? You ate with your fingers and didn’t wear makeup. There’s a certain innocence and vulnerability about being a kid. You’re honest and raw. You take the attitude, “Here I am. Take it or leave it.” Camping is a lot like this. You can roll out of bed in your favorite pajama shorts and t-shirt and keep them on until after breakfast. When you get done swimming in the pool or at the lake, you let your bathing suit air dry while you take a leisurely nap in your favorite gravity chair. You can take a bike ride to the camping store for candy or other treats. Leave behind your makeup, hair gel, and curling iron. No one is concerned with the way they look. They’re only concerned with having fun. So bring along your favorite hoodie, jeans, and flip-flops because that’s all you’ll need.
Don't Knock It Til You Try It
The beauty of camping is that it can be done alone or with a group. If you’ve never done it before, try hooking up with friends or family who has camped before. They can show you the ropes and help you during your first trip. If not, the people at the campsite next door will be more than happy to lend you advice and their lighter fluid. So grab your tent and sleeping bag or book that cabin rental and when it comes to camping, don’t knock it til you try it.