The Benefits of Camping: A Beginner’s Guide
Ask any seasoned camper why they love the great outdoors, and you’re likely to get a wide variety of reasons. For some, it is the tradition of camping with family. For others, it is the best way to decompress from hectic normal life.
But the list is literally endless.
What Is the Draw of Camping?
For well over 100 years, people have been camping in our National Parks. Most adults who camp started doing it as kids, but a growing number of ‘newbie camping’ adults have made this national pastime even more popular. Whether you live in a large city or a small town, the urge to connect with nature in an intimate way is profound.
Nowadays, it’s so easy to jump into the lifestyle, particularly with the rise of RV camping. Full-service tent and RV parks provide the necessary amenities that provide comfort while roughing it. RV parks typically are more convenient for long-term vacationers, with many RV resorts catering specifically to families.
Tips for New Campers
Everyone has to plan for their first camping trip. Some become a pro by trial and error, others prefer to go the preparedness route. We prefer the latter! Follow these few smart tips, and your maiden camping voyage will be a success.
Create a Camping Checklist
As you prepare to pack, a checklist is a must-do. Unlike a regular vacation where you stay in hotels, packing for a camping trip is a bit more complicated. Here is an example of items to bring for RV campers:
- Lawn chairs and portable grill
- Insect repellent
- Fishing rods
Tent campers should take the list above and include the following:
- Three-season waterproof tent
- Waterproof tarp
- Sleeping bags and foam pad (for cushioning)
Of course, these are just the basics. Depending on who is in your party and the time of year, this list will no doubt grow. You will also want to bring the right clothing for the climate and the activities you plan to do. Unless you’re camping in a warm climate in the middle of summer, you’ll want to dress in layers. Going hiking? Bring broken-in, good hiking shoes, daypack, and rain gear.
Learn the Rules at Your Campsite
Every campground has its own rules, and it’s every camper’s responsibility to follow them to ensure the comfort and safety of everyone. Check out the campground website before you arrive – they’ll have the rules posted there somewhere. They will also be posted on site, either at the main office or somewhere in the common areas. Make it your business to know the rules, follow them, and be a good camp neighbor!
Most parks have quiet hours. If you’re a night owl or like to spend time around the fire into the wee morning hours, you can do so, just keep the noise level down. Every park also has a pet policy, so if you want to bring your pet, be sure to know their policy before you book. There are quite a few campgrounds out there that still do not allow pets.
The Benefits of Camping
As stated above, the benefits are many. Among the top:
- Lowers Stress and Reduces Depression. We all need to recharge our batteries from the day to day grind. Camping helps us do that.
- Better Physical Health with More Activity. Just the act of setting up and tearing down a camping site is its own form of exercise. But also take advantage of nearby hiking trails and biking trails. The fresh air coupled with a good workout is perfect for body and soul.
- Increased Energy and Focus. With all that fresh oxygen to the brain, you naturally become more alert and experience more energy. Just be sure to pace yourself and not spend all day running around trying to fit everything in. That’s exhausting!
Take your vacation to the next level. Book a stay with us and discover the joys of camping for yourself. You’ll soon become addicted.