Camping is not a vacation. It's deeper than that. Different than that.
Camping is simply a time for connecting.
I camp to connect with people, nature, and myself.
When we disconnect from the modern technology-filled world and join the outside world it makes one realize how simple life really is. Once your basic needs are met - food/water, shelter, and love - you realize how focusing on the basics makes everything else seem insignificant.
I also appreciate how camping naturally makes us exercise. The best type of exercise, in nature, unaware that we are even exercising our body because we are having fun.
Problem-solving, team work, mentally present in the moment, social atmosphere, the benefits are endless - you get the idea!
There's something about camping that makes me crave it again. Even though I sleep miserable and miss taking a shower and don't love bugs. I plan our next trip because I crave the closeness. We can hear each other thinking. There's a calmness in our souls. There are moments while camping I think to myself "maybe this isn't for me" but then there's something much bigger than that as we sit under the stars sharing food, stories, and songs.
If you aren't sure if camping is your thing just give it a try for one night somewhere nearby. Just make sure you bring a good sleeping bag (we use two of these zippered together for additional body warmth) and a camp pad is a MUST. Or you could go glamping in a cabin or rent an RV. I think gifting someone with camping supplies and a scheduled date to go camping would be such a thoughtful Christmas gift idea! And if you still need convincing here is scientific proof on the benefits of camping.
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