Camping is one of the best ways to get outdoors and enjoy nature. Whether that’s in an RV, or in a tent, you’re bound to have a great time. Not to mention it can be quite a peaceful time. Here are the top 7 ways camping can help you relax, along with some tips and tricks to improve your experience.
1. It Gives Your Body Extra Rays and Deep Sleep
When going camping, it’s no doubt you’ll be exposed to a lot more sunshine than usual. Of course, unless it rains. In that weather, you might be stuck in your tent or camper all day. However most of the time with those solar rays, you’ll give your body more vitamin D. According to MedicalNewsToday, this generally maintains the health of our immune system, brain, and nervous system. With the extra vitamin D, it can also lead to improved sleep.
2. It Gets Your Brain Going and Forces You To Problem Solve
Venturing into the wilderness isn’t always a walk in the park. Things that can go wrong, will go wrong according to Murphey’s law. Camping is no exception to this in my fair share of experiences. There will be times where you’ll need to go into “survival mode” and figure things out. This problem solving gets your brain going and can help you relax from the regular day to day routine. It’s not always sunshine and rainbows, and this creates a blissful environment of rewarding challenges.
3. It Forces You To Cook and Makes Healthier Food Choices
This is one major benefit to camping. It’s the delicious camp cooking! As you won’t have the room to store a ton of prepackaged goods, camping forces you to go fresh. More often than not, you’ll make several grocery trips to prepare for each day’s meals. These healthier food choices will also help you feel better. Make sure you’ve got all your kitchen items packed to prepare these meals by using a camping checklist.
4. It Keeps You In The Moment & Mindful Of Your Surroundings
It’s easy to get stuck in the day to day grind. Work-life balance gets you in caught inside many times for most jobs. In the outdoors, you get to live more in-the-moment in nature. There are loads of wildlife and many natural surroundings that can make for beautiful sightseeing.
5. It Gets Your Body Exercising & Burns Calories
Once again many people are not active enough in their regular routine. By going out for a camping trip, you can take a nice hike through nature. This gets your body exercising and burning calories as well. In addition, you can also take your dog on a hike. There are many dog hiking tips to follow to make sure your pup is in good shape. Both small dogs and big dogs work well out on the trails and for camping. Of course, you’ll want to be mindful of other hikers out in the woods. For this reason, you may also want to pack a dog harness for hiking.
6. It Gets You More Removed From Digital Screens & Phones
With lackluster cell service in most campgrounds, you’re almost forced to interact with other people and the outdoors. It’s a great way to forget about all your responsibilities, work, or business, and relax. Camping also tends to foster more in-person interaction when going with a group. You get to all sit around the campfire for a great time.
7. It Keeps You Humble and Helps You Appreciate Nature
Another relaxation benefit of camping is that it can help to keep you humble. Nature is something everyone has the ability to enjoy. It’s also each and everyone’s responsibility to preserve them. While camping, it gives you an extra level of appreciation for the outdoors.