Family Camping


While there may be campsites that have wifi or you have an amazing plan that means you get signal everywhere, there will come the time that you run out of battery, and you should have some ideas. I for a period of time had a phone with a serious charging problem so I have some tips for how you can survive this situation.


One thing you will realise is that it is great to go for a walk and not have it be interrupted by your phone buzzing in your pocket. You can really appreciate what is around you and let your mind wander to topics or ideas you have not had time to ponder with today’s busy world. It will be strange at first that you may think you felt the buzz of your phone or reach into your pocket, but this will pass.


Being 100% present in the moment can truly help you to bond with the people around you. You will be focused on everything they say and never have to multitask by reading or replying to a message while continuing the conversation. You should try to talk to all the people who have come along the camping trip with you and see what things you have in common that you did not realise.

Playing games and sport obviously are excellent ideas for keeping you busy and can last for hours, so be sure to plan ahead to think about what you need to take and that everyone knows the rules. Take a pack of cards, a board game or two, a footy and a tennis ball at a minimum! Also hopefully you have someone who can play the guitar and has one, as this can also bring hours of digital free fun.


Now you might complain that you want to have photos or you need to hear the footy score for the important match, but there are other ways you know you could achieve these things. Surely, someone in the group still has a camera that is not a camera phone, and radios are still in existence. Even better, get a Polaroid camera and excitedly wait while you shake the picture to see how it turned out.


Some families might like to take their kids camping so that they have time away from their devices, and some adults pay great sums of money to go on ‘tech-free’ camps for personal development, so perhaps this is something you want to try rather than it be an accident. If so, be sure to speak with the kids and explain that it is not a punishment and get them a new toy or game to take on the trip. For adults, be strong to have no exceptions; do not take the devices so you will not be tempted.


Do you have any ideas about what you would do in this situation? Share your ideas below.

Katie Reaburn

Katie is keen on cooking and adapting meals to make them easy for the campsite. She loves hosting parties with different themes, food and drinks. She enjoys writing and sharing a variety of her experiences from different cultures. She also is an animal lover having lived with a large amount of different pets.