5 Reasons Why Camping Can Bring You Happiness
With my impending trip to Wales on the horizon, I thought it a good time to write about how good camping can be for you.... The Great Outdoors is not for everyone. It’s raw, dirty, and you're exposed to the elements. (And there are bugs. And dirt. And sand.)
No matter how rugged (or fancy) your outdoor adventure, there are qualities about camping we won't find elsewhere in one complete package. What could be better than that? If you’re a camping veteran, you know what I’m talking about. If you’re new to the scene, grab your backpack, you’re going to love this.
As soon as you hit your campsite, it’s like time has been reset. Setting up your “new living space” can be a meditative process (unless you have small children or a dog...). Cooking food over a fire forces you to slow down and the simple act of sleeping outside can bring about a symphony of sounds that even the best app can’t mimic.
This is by far the best thing about camping. It’s THE reason to go camping - even if you go alone. Quality time can come in many forms: hiking, campfires, throwing rocks in the water, getting lost in the woods etc. Whether you have small children or not, you can collect rocks, pine cones, shells, or whatever else you find in your travels. It’s a sliver of time where you can truly connect with family, friends, and remember yourself. Being somewhere in the middle of nowhere with no signal gives you no option but to draw you away from the technology that we think we can't live without. You can, I promise!
At first glance, camping doesn’t seem creative. But nothing could be further from the truth. The second you start planning your trip the creativity begins. It forces you to think about how you’re going to accomplish normal everyday tasks, like cooking. And it doesn’t end until the moment you leave (when you have to get creative about how you’re going to repack everything into the same bags and boxes it all came out of - including your newly found, nature-y loot for the kids). Journaling, painting, even singing and playing guitar around the campfire allows the creative sparks to fly.
Appreciation in the Little Things
It should go without saying that roughing it in the woods for a few days puts things in perspective. While sleeping under the stars is enjoyable, there is nothing like returning home to your comfy bed. Ditto for basic daily amenities - like showers and electricity. A camping trip is an opportunity to observe the small details of life and those around you.
It’s only natural to pick up extra activities when visiting the great outdoors. Walking, hiking, and biking along with canoeing, kayaking, and swimming, camping encourages all sorts of healthy activities. Often these activities have a way of following you home and leading into other forms of self care. You may find new healthy habits popping up, whether it’s finding a new local hiking trail or scheduling a massage....... see what I did there?
Camping comes with a handful of challenges (like how to perfectly toast a marshmallow) but it’s also the perfect opportunity to enjoy your friends, family, and everything nature has to offer. And THAT can bring you happiness.
Enjoy, I always do, come rain or shine!