Even the biggest city slickers feel the urge to get out of town and enjoy the fresh air of the great outdoors. There are so many reasons camping is way better than a conventional holiday (trust us on this one!)
As more of us keep a closer eye on our budgets, camping is a relatively inexpensive way to spend a long weekend or holiday away with family and loved ones. But that’s just the beginning. There are a whole host of health benefits associated with camping guaranteed to inspire you to spend a night under the stars.
Good for sleep
If you struggle to get a good night’s rest then camping might be the reset button you’ve been looking for. According to research, camping can help our bodies adjust back to the rhythm of natural day and night time. Because most of us are exposed to a lot of artificial light, especially late at night, it can take a long time to finally nod off, and even affect the overall quality of our sleep when we do. Camping helps with this because there’s no distracting TV, tablets, laptops or other harsh lighting in sight.
Great for kids
Many kids (and even some adults too) are far more confident navigating an iPad than the inside of a tent, but that doesn’t mean kids are incapable of having fun away from a screen. Camping introduces children to a whole new world where they can learn and overcome new challenges. Think learning about birdlife, the fun of splashing in a nearby stream, and even getting caught in the rain.
Fantastic for exercise
Our busy lives mean we spend too much time on our bums and not enough time getting exercise. The solution? Go camping. Being away from the ordinary routine means more walking, hiking and exploring.
Helps your mood
Camping can help turn that frown upside down. Thanks to increased exposure to natural light, oxygen, and physical activity, our bodies produce more serotonin – the feel-good hormone that helps improve our mood. Happy days!
Feeling inspired? Before you head out on your next adventure, make sure your first stop is Mall of the North to stock up on these bare necessities:
Portable braai/camp stove
Basic camping cutlery and crockery