Two Boys By A Campfire

CAMPING WITH KIDS: GOOD REASONS TO TAKE YOUR LITTLE ONES WITH YOU

Some parents may not want to take their children camping out of fear. However, what they fail to consider is the fact that camping can be beneficial for their little ones. Below are some good reasons to go camping with kids.

IT GIVES YOUR FAMILY A CHANCE TO BOND

In today’s fast-paced world, families often don’t get the opportunity to spend time together. When you go camping, you get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It takes you to a more secluded place where your family can bond. With fun activities to do outdoors, there’s no way you’ll go home without smiles on everyone’s faces.

IT TEACHES THEM SURVIVAL SKILLS

How to stay warm, how to read a map and to recognise poisonous plants – these are just some of the things your kids will learn when you take them camping. You can also teach your kids how to safely start a campfire, which may come in handy one day. Hopefully, they won’t ever be put in a situation when they’ll have to use these survival skills, but it’s always good to be prepared.

THEY MAKE LASTING MEMORIES

Another reason to go camping with kids is to make priceless memories. When your kids are all grown up, they’ll look back on all the times they spent with you. They’ll remember helping you pitch a tent, rolling around on the grass and swimming in the lake. Good memories are hard to forget, and isn’t that what life is all about? I have many fond memories, myself.

IT GRANTS THEM SELF-CONFIDENCE

Getting your kids outdoors can also give them self-esteem and confidence. They’ll be able to trust in their own abilities and make friends easier. Helping out and completing tasks gives them a sense of accomplishment. If there are other kids in the same campsite, they will probably make friends. Who knows? They might forge friendships that last for a lifetime.

THEY LEARN TO LOVE NATURE

A lot of people who’ve spent most of their lives in the big cities and the suburbs end up either hating or becoming afraid of nature. The simple presence of a bug in the house could scare them away. By taking your kids camping, you can introduce them to wildlife and insects that they’d never have encountered by staying inside the house. Best of all, they learn to respect nature and all its elements.

IT GETS THEM ACTIVE

Everyone knows exercise is a must to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Being in the great outdoors opens up the opportunity to be more active. Pack a frisbee so your kids have something to play with that will get them away from their mobile phones. There will be opportunities to go swimming. Even just running around playing tag gets the blood pumping. Apart from that, they get to breathe in some much-needed fresh air.

THEY CAN SAY GOODBYE TO WIFI

With technology’s many advancements today, it comes as no surprise that virtually everyone is connected online. And while the internet has provided mankind with a lot of benefits, there are also many drawbacks that come with it. For instance, spending all day with your face glued to a screen can be detrimental to your health. Taking a break and disconnecting once in a while is a smart idea. And what better way to do that than to go camping?

So while there may be some naysayers out there, it’s clear that the good outweighs the bad when it comes to camping with kids. It’s one of those things you simply must try to feel the full effect. The next time your kids are on school break, round them up and go camping!

 


 

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Kimberly Powell
kimberly.powell@dinga.com.au

Kimberly loves camping, cooking, travelling and animals. She's turned her hand to writing to share her experience.