A holiday with children doesn’t need to be expensive. In fact, it’s often the cheaper experiences that children enjoy the most.
Camping with children keeps the holiday budget low, but that’s not the only reason to do it. In fact, there are many reasons why camping is great for children:
– Quality bonding time with family
Every year, £6.4 trillion is spent on travel and tourism. More than £1 trillion of that is spent on business trips.
If you’re a parent, you’ll know that work can get in the way. We all wish we could win the lottery and give up our jobs, after all!
Camping provides the perfect opportunity for quality time as a family. You’ll all be sleeping in close quarters, spending all of your time together, and sharing experiences that you might otherwise do separately – like getting the children really involved in cooking an evening meal.
– Health and fitness
For children, a camping trip automatically becomes a fitness holiday.
Experts recommend that children should be physically active for at least an hour a day.
Out in a field or forest, without a games console to distract them, children naturally return to their active roots. They’ll run free, explore, get fresh air, and improve their health and well-being.
– Developing important skills
Camping provides kids with unique opportunities to develop important skills.
They can improve life skills, like learning to prepare food on an open fire or a little gas stove. They’ll also develop problem-solving skills, as they attempt everything from putting up the tent to finding things to keep them busy in the rain.
Even the bedtime routine can involve an element of problem-solving, when you’re 200 metres from the toilet at the other end of a field!
– Tech-free time
Ofcom research found that 79% of 5-7 year olds go online.
Technology is a part of modern life, and it’s almost always unavoidable. But, camping with children provides valuable tech-free time.
Skip the electric hook-up, and go completely back to nature. With no devices, no chargers and no power, children can benefit from a lack of easy entertainment. Sometimes, it’s important to be bored and find new things to do.
– Getting closer to nature
Camping with children can help them to learn more about the world that they live in.
Today’s kids have fewer opportunities to get outdoors than their parents ever had. They’re losing independence, and even when they visit a play area it’s often an indoor soft play centre.
Children are slowly losing touch with the natural world, at a point when maintaining this connection is crucial. We rely on today’s children to grow up and reverse the damage that we’ve done to the planet. Unfortunately, this will be difficult for them if they’ve grown too used to hiding indoors.
When you camp with children, you can show them the wonders of the world around them. They’ll benefit from sensory experiences like the opportunity to stomp through mud, and learning experiences like exploring a crystal clear rock pool.
Children are wild. Children weren’t made to sit indoors. And that’s why camping is great for children.