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10 reasons to go camping

10 reasons to go camping

10 reasons why you should go camping for your next holiday

1. Camping can be the ultimate romantic getaway!

With Valentine’s Day now upon us, it’s a good time to point out that an adventurous camping getaway can be the perfect romantic trip for many couples. For many of the reasons you’re about to read, camping can be the best way to spend time with your other half, whether it’s the picturesque views, the quality time spent together or just the ability to make some unforgettable ‘out of the ordinary’ memories together, camping is the way forward.

2 It’s the best way to see a sunset and sunrise
Imagine waking up every morning and rolling out of bed to the greatest view of a sunset or sunrise. If you know the perfect spot for viewing a sunset or a sunrise, then there really is no easier way to capture th at perfect tranquil moment. Why not use that extra time you would have spent on travelling from a hotel for setting up the ultimate camera shot… or maybe just extra snoozing in bed.

3. Camping is also perfect for gazing at stars
Everybody loves  stargazing right?! Well imagine being able to do that every night, from the comfort of your own tent. Some tents now allow you to stargaze under the canvas of your own tent with purpose-built stargazing panels. Most campsites are a good distance from the hustle and bustle of nearby cities and towns, meaning there is no light pollution and only clear sky views for the perfect starry night.

4. Spending Quality Time with Others
Do you remember when holidays revolved around spending quality time with each other, and not around how strong the wifi connection is? When camping is done properly, you’ll have the perfect opportunity to spend real quality time together and even remind others of the value of this time together. Enjoy each other’s company and tell those winning stories that always makes your family and loved ones laugh, and tell those awful jokes you know that unfortunately don’t.

5. Spend Quality Time on Yourself
Camping isn’t just for families and lovebirds though! Many backpackers choose to go camping on their own as the ideal opportunity to go on an adventure of their own and get away from it all. For some people, there’s nothing more exciting than going completely off the beaten track and creating an adventure that is unique to them alone. Definitely a great experience for those who enjoy their own company.

6. Immerse yourself in nature
Many campsites are designed to give you the best possible opportunity to witness nature at its finest. Some of the best camping adventures are the ones that allow you to see the sights that you just wouldn’t get in a built up environment. Whether you’re camping near rivers, or pitching in hilly areas, there are some incredible views to be had in the company of friendly wildlife.

7. It’s great for your wellbeing
Nowadays, we hear all the time about the importance of looking after yourself. At a time when people are constantly ‘switched on’ with phones in their pockets and internet connectivity faster and more accessible than ever, the best way to look after your own wellbeing can be an exciting camping escape. Of course, camping will give you the opportunity to get some fresh air into your lungs and a chance to unwind from some of the stresses of modern life.

8. Relax and recharge
Similarly , the fresh air and exercise will help you to relax, sleep well and recharge your batteries. It’s easy to create a camping adventure that is set to the pace that you want it to be - no rushing around and no stressful traffic jams to contend with! The oxygen will be good for your body and you’ll almost certainly end a camping adventure feeling refreshed.

9. It’s a better option for the environment
Constantly flying abroad is damaging for the environment. Flying takes a lot of energy and releases a large amount of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, this only worsens the greenhouse gas effect which is causing temperatures to rise. So you can rest easy in the knowledge that camping is a low-carbon alternative that the environment will thank you for.

10. Camping is affordable
And last but not least, camping is also good for your bank account! Buying a high quality tent once can provide you with a lifetime of accommodation for future holidays and your biggest expense will most likely be the travel cost to get to your camping destination. So imagine all of the nice things you can spend your extra money on, maybe an extra holiday or two... ok, maybe 5!
 
GET THE KIDS OUTDOORS WITH “MICROCAMPING”: 4 ESSENTIAL TIPS

GET THE KIDS OUTDOORS WITH “MICROCAMPING”: 4 ESSENTIAL TIPS

This week's blog comes courtesy of Keefus Outdoors - see more here:

 

I came up with the term “Microcamping” last year. This slightly watered down version of the “Microadventure” will be sure get your kids to love the outdoors.

You may well have heard the term microadventure used over the last few years when talking about enjoying the outdoors. The phrase (if you haven’t) was coined by British Adventurer and avid wild camper Alastair Humphreys.

It basically involves getting out if the house for one night, finding a hill (not campsite) to sleep on and spending a relaxing night under the stars. This is supposed to be done without the use of a tent and instead covering your sleeping bag with a Bivvy bag (a posh plastic bag) to stop you getting wet if the weather turns south.

I have spent many a night this way and let me tell you its fantastic – I urge anyone to try it. The thing is the British weather can quickly turn a potentially great Microadventure into a miserable night in a wet plastic bag.

Microcamping

I wanted a microcamp to capture the spontaneity and sense of adventure that comes with a microadventure but with the extra comfort and security that comes with “proper” camping. The four essential tips below are the key to getting it right.

1. Take only the bare essentials.

Camping trips with kids can end up with you packing everything but the kitchen sink. FIGHT THIS URGE!!!

Remember that you’re only going to be out for one night. They don’t need six changes of clothes, they don’t need a week’s worth of food and neither do you.  Let them get dirty, let them eat Super Noodle sandwiches for supper with toasted marshamallows. They’ll love you for it.

A tent, a stove, sleeping bags/blankets, food, sweets and drinks and you’re pretty good to go. Take a football or a frisby for some outdoor entertainment.

Check out this post for a list of my own microcamping essentials.

2. Keep your gear Microcamp ready

Procrastination is the biggest microcamp killer, remember spontaneity is key here. Once you have your bare essentials nailed down, don’t use them once and stick them in the back of the garage and forget about them. Keep them somewhere easily accessible so you can just grab everything and sling it all in the car. This enables you to be impulsive but also confident you have everything you need for an awesome night.

3. Keep it local

We’ve all probably spent time at the big lesiure company campsites. You know the ones; static caravan villages, super expensive clubhouse for entertainment and huge shower blocks you have to queue up for.

Take the time and look a bit more locally. You’ll always find an independently run campsite or a small working farm that uses an empty field for campers and walkers. They’ll appreciate the custom and the kids might even get to feed the animals.

Another benefit of staying local is that you can even microcamp on a school night! An early breakfast, a quick trip home to get freshened up and your little ones will be itching to get to school to tell their friends what adventures they’ve been having!

4. Don’t hate on the Technology

This isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but one thing we make sure before we go microcamping is that the dreaded tablet is fully charged.

Mobile devices (for all their faults) can be used in many ways to give your child a better understanding of the great outdoors. For example, the Geocaching app is a great download (a bit like global hide and seek). It is certain to keep them engaged for hours whatever their age. Use the on board camera to identify plants and animals for later review or let them make their own outdoors videos to upload to YouTube. Similarly,a list of great outdoorsy apps check can be found here.

Then at the end of the day, once you’ve watched the sun set, snuggling into a sleeping bag with a belly full of toasted marshmallows to watch a downloaded movie is the perfect way to end the day.

Keep it simple, keep it impromptu, keep it fun but more importantly, enjoy YOURSELF.

Happy microcamping.