5 Ways Camping Promotes Family Bonding

September 22, 2021

5 Ways Camping Promotes Family Bonding

Many of us enjoy packing up and camping in the great outdoors, but the idea of bringing the entire family along can sometimes feel intimidating.

The truth is camping is an excellent recreational activity—and kids aren’t the only ones who benefit from it. We’ve gathered 5 ways camping with the fam can forge deep, meaningful bonds…and who doesn’t want that?

It Sort of Forces You to Spend Quality Time Together

Let’s be honest—we’re all addicted to electronics. Can you remember the last time you and your family members willingly set down phones, tablets, and gaming devices for any length of time?

When camping, leave the electronics at home. Yes, it will be painful at first. Yes, it may take a few hours to get used to the idea. But you’ll be amazed at the conversations that will take place. And the time you spend around the campfire telling stories will become some of your sweetest memories once the trip is over.

It’s Perfect for Multi-Generational Fun

Camping allows extended family members to get in on the fun. Grandparents, aunts, and uncles can come along and have a great time!

If you have relatives who can no longer camp in tents, reserve space at a campground that has cabin rentals or RV pads available.

Spending time outdoors with extended family is a wonderful way to get kids to engage with family members they may not see very often.

It Allows You to Make Discoveries Together

There’s nothing better than exploring a new park or campground together. Experiencing the local scenery and visiting scenic park locations can build bonds with those exploring alongside you.

Same goes for watching wildlife…spending time together searching for a particular species can make you feel as if you’ve uncovered a hidden treasure once you find your prize.

You Learn New Skills Together

Setting up camp, learning to cook over a fire, and general camping safety are all skills that must be learned. If you are a skilled camper/hiker, family trips give you the opportunity to pass your knowledge on to the next generation.

If camping is new to you and your family, you get to enjoy the benefit of learning such skills together. (A tip: if your family trip will be a first for everyone, take time practicing setting up your new tent at home before you get out to the campground. There can be a bit of learning curve with tent setup, and the last thing you want is to be chasing daylight on your first night in camp, trying to set up an unfamiliar tent.)

You Get to Enjoy Physical Activity Together

Camping and hiking are great ways for the family to exercise together. Go for a rigorous hike. Take a swim in a nearby lake. Bring plenty of games to play (click here to read our post about great games to play while camping). The more you do together, the more memories you’ll make…and the better everyone will sleep at night.

And there you have it—five reasons your family needs to go on a camping adventure. We think you’ll find it is one of the most fun (and economical!) family vacations you ever take.

Here’s to building bonds with those you love in the great outdoors!

###

References

Pecan Park

RV Blogger

KOA





Also in News

Enjoying the Great Wide Open: 7 Ways to Spend More Time Outdoors
Enjoying the Great Wide Open: 7 Ways to Spend More Time Outdoors

January 11, 2022

We all know the benefits of spending more time outdoors—vitamin D intake, fresh air, etc.—but actually carving time out of our busy schedules to spend in the great wide open can sometimes feel daunting. Who has the time (or energy) to drive to a state part after a day’s work to hit the trails?

Continue Reading

Featured Product: The All New Sentinel 2000 Lumen Tactical Flashlight
Featured Product: The All New Sentinel 2000 Lumen Tactical Flashlight

December 20, 2021

If you are an outdoor enthusiast, you know there are certain pieces of equipment that are critical to have on hand in the backcountry or around a campsite, and a durable, high-quality is on every seasoned hiker’s list. 

Continue Reading

5 of the Top U.S. Destinations for Winter Hiking
5 of the Top U.S. Destinations for Winter Hiking

December 11, 2021

Many outdoor enthusiasts associate hiking with spring, summer, and fall…but hesitate to head outdoors during the winter months. If this describes you, it’s time for an attitude adjustment. The truth is winter hiking offers a wealth of perks…including virtually deserted trails (because everyone else apparently thinks hiking stops in the winter) and breathtaking wintry views.

Continue Reading