Camping, and hiking, are great American past-times. National Parks swathe huge parts of the land, creating an epic backdrop to which record numbers of Americans are taking outdoor vacations. For a family, camping can provide the perfect, collaborative environment in which to strengthen your family bond. Thorough preparation and an open mind will lead to memories that last a lifetime.
The fundamentals of camping
Camping is something that requires good preparation. There is a huge and committed National Park ranger service that provide fantastic support and safety to travelers. However, families looking at a camping vacation should ensure they invest in appropriate camping protection equipment to guarantee a comfortable, warm and dry stay. Check the weather for the time of year where you’re heading, and look at fluctuations; a hot and dry desert may be perishingly cold at night so you’ll need a camping blanket to stay warm.
Think about the weight you carry, too, and think carefully about not taking so much equipment you’ll be burdened. This can be a fun planning exercise for the family as you learn your limits, how much to carry, and how much you need. Get the kids involved and help to teach them a practical but fun lesson on prior planning.
The benefits of spending time outdoors
A challenging downside of modern technology is its addictive nature. A study of teachers found that 57% of pupils are distracted by smartphones during the working day, according to USA Today. Going camping and encouraging your family to enjoy the beauty of nature and it’s glorious vistas could positively benefit your children and the whole family.
Don’t forego technology, of course, as well-placed pictures can create memories to last a lifetime and will prove valuable talking points. Camping vacations are a wonderful opportunity to show how to enjoy the natural world around whilst using technology to enhance the experience – without being glued to the device.
In addition to helping teach lessons about the world, camping has very real health benefits. Essayist Waldo Emerson found that sleep, mental health and overall physical strength and durability can be improved through camping vacations and the outdoors, presenting a great opportunity for the whole family to feel healthier together.
If there were reasons stopping you from taking an outdoors holiday, consider the huge benefits. Cheaper, longer and often more fulfilling, a camping trip in America’s wonderfully expansive outdoors could be the trip of a lifetime.