Camping is the ultimate retreat for outdoor-lovers. Submerge yourself in a weekend of nature before the summer winds down. Camp with family or join Team Green Adventures and meet people who love the outdoors as much as you! On Saturday, August 9, Team Green is heading to Hiwassee River for a weekend of kayaking and camping. For more information, check out our event page.
Even if that trip isn’t your cup of tea, check out our ten best reasons for getting outdoors and camping this summer:
1. Escape the City
A camping trip means you will do almost nothing for a weekend. You won’t have to get ready in the morning, run errands, or clean. Turn off your phone and laptop and just relax. You won’t be relaxing for 30 minutes; you will be relaxing for multiple days. Discover that you don’t need a whole lot to make you happy.
2. Appreciate Nature
When was the last time you laid in the grass to look at a sky full of stars? You will be surprised how much more sky you can see outside of the city. The day’s activities will revolve around nature. The real thing is always better than a picture, so truly soak in your surroundings. Camping lets you take a break from artificial lighting. As it grows darker, you won’t have bright light from your laptop or phone glaring in your eyes.
3. Family Time
Laugh together as your family works together to overcome the struggles of setting up a tent and cooking food over the campfire. Sleeping in the tent and tasting the food will be that much more rewarding if teamwork was required! Camping is a bonding experience where you spend the whole day together without the distractions of electronics or work.
4. Learn Survival Skills
Camping offers the chance to teach your kids how to start a fire and set up a campsite. While weekend camping may be more leisurely, there are still many survival skills that can be practiced. Teach your kids the well-known phrase, “leave your camp cleaner than you came,” and show them why recycling is important in a more hands-on way.
5. It’s Budget-Friendly
Camping is basically a vacation that doesn’t cost money. The small expense that is required is much less than having to pay for gas, taxis, airfare, and going out to eat a bunch. These expenses can add up shockingly fast, but staying at a campsite for two nights could cost as little as $24 total. This will help the trip be even more relaxing!
6. That Campfire Smell
The smell of a campfire in the woods beats most others. When you smell the campfire you can anticipate hot dogs, grilled cheese wrapped in foil, acoustic guitar playing, and unforgettable conversations with close friends and family. The smell of bacon cooking over campfire is reason enough to go camping…
7. Best Breakfast Ever
Speaking of bacon, there is truly nothing better than a breakfast cooked over a fire in the woods. Think skillet scrambled eggs with chopped veggies and breakfast potatoes. And don’t forget the French press! All of the camping food you eat will have a light, smoky flavor, providing you with a constant reminder of the joys of the great outdoors.
8. Sunrise and Sunset
Often times during the sunrise and sunset people are indoors or asleep. City life makes it easy to miss these beautiful scenes. When camping, your clock is the sun. You will wake up to a beautiful sunrise and stay up past sunset.
9. Be Inspired
When you return home you may find yourself using your phone less, spending more time outdoors, or sitting down for dinner with your family every evening. Let your camping trip inspire you to carry some of those practices into your daily life.
10. It’s Good for Your Health
Trees release phytoncides, which reduce stress, lower blood pressure, ease digestion, and boost the immune system. These healthy benefits can last up to 30 days. The woods also provide more oxygen and have many fewer pollutants, helping you breathe more easily outdoors. Vitamin D from the sun allows your body to absorb calcium and phosphorous. The most obvious health benefit of camping is the exercise. You will be moving all day, but since you’ll also be having a good time, the work won’t feel like exercise. After a day full of activities in the sun, you will sleep more deeply, especially with the sound of your natural surroundings soothing you as you rest.
Don’t take our word for it – get out and experience the outdoors for yourself! We’ve got plenty of great adventures coming up to help get you outside and active before summer’s over:
– Kate (Team Green’s Summer Intern)