Top Reasons to Take Your Kids Camping


As a parent, deciding what activities to involve your children in for their own wellbeing and development is one of the great struggles. Would it be best for them to take an art class, or do an after-school sport, or both? What if they can’t stand either activity?

While there can be a fair bit of debate about many of these pastimes, it should be taken as a given that getting your kids out and about in nature is a brilliant idea -- and not just because it gives you a chance to buy some new hiking boots at The Iconic.
Here are a few reasons why you should take your kids camping.

Getting out into nature removes us from the stress of normal life

Our day-to-day lives unfold entirely in a world created by, and for, humans. Of course, that’s a good thing — we’re social creatures after all and we like being in environments we’ve created to suit ourselves and our companions.

There are some clear downsides to this, however. Unlike in times long past before the dawn of the internet, TV, or even the industrial revolution itself, it was relatively easy for people to wander off into the woods or mountains and completely leave their normal worries and responsibilities behind them for a time.

Today, there’s no escape. We’re constantly bombarded by adverts, political slogans, social messages, and demands on our time and attention from every billboard and screen.

Getting out into nature for a camping trip takes us completely outside of the framework of normal human worries and fixations. It allows us to breathe deeply and experience a different kind of world for a time — one with its own rhythms and order, where we don’t have to be constantly hearing about the latest celebrity gossip.

We have time and space to really relax and be calm

When we allow ourselves the time and space to relax, without having to stick to our normal routines, the effect can be a remarkable sense of calm and ease.

Every child should be introduced to this from time to time — the feeling of being able to be carefree and to just “be” without having to do much of anything.

Camping is a way of getting to know your kids

Kids can be reluctant to talk to their parents about things that are bothering them, or events at school which upset them or make them feel embarrassed. Often, you and they both will be so busy and distracted that, despite your best efforts, communication can break down.

Camping creates a situation where you and your kids are left alone with each other’s company, and the space to talk, laugh, share stories, and get to know each other. It’s the perfect time for parent-child bonding as you tell them fun stories from your life and work to find out what’s been on their mind lately and how things have been going at school.

You should cherish these moments and seek them out wherever possible, as good communication deepens the child’s trust in you, allows you to pass down the wisdom you’ve accumulated, and brings you both closer together.

Nature and fresh air work wonders for our health

Getting out into nature is simply a brilliantly healthy thing to do. Studies have shown that people who spend more time outdoors and who live in more rural areas are less prone to mood disorders such as depression, while also having better health overall.

With cities and major urban areas being riddled with fumes and pollution of all sorts, not to mention few opportunities to get healthy amounts of exercise each day, and electronic screens keeping us up at night, this should come as no surprise.

Being out in nature allows us to rejuvenate ourselves physically as well as mentally. Our sleep patterns will correct themselves as we get used to turning in with the setting of the sun. At the same time, our muscles and cardiovascular systems will get a good, regular dose of exercise from hiking, playing frisbee, and getting up to all manner of other outdoor adventures.

Camping can be a great learning experience

Camping isn’t just a mentally and physically refreshing and uplifting experience, it can also be a great opportunity for a child to learn about nature and the different things to be found in it.

Why not take a local guidebook or natural encyclopedia with you and teach your child about the different types of animal and plant life in the area, or the different geographical features to be seen?

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