There is already a post on this blog about glamping, the more luxurious and comfortable form of camping, so it makes sense to have a post about traditional camping as well. It is true that camping isn’t for everyone, but at Parenting Prattle we feel it is important for parents to try and put their fears and anxieties to one side and try going on a family camping holiday at least once.
While it is true that camping is one of the most cost-effective ways to take a break from your busy modern lives to spend time together, it is also a great way to grow, develop and learn more about yourselves individually as people and collectively as a family group.
Through camping you learn how to work efficiently as a team. If you already function well as a group, then this will only strengthen this further, but if you find it hard to work together collectively you will find that a camping holiday can improve this aspect of your family life.
It is not an exaggeration to say that a camping holiday can be a life-changing and life-affirming experience for all families.
Think about it this way – if you and your family make it through your camping trip without any major disasters occurring, the sense of collective achievement you will all have is indescribable. However, if things go slightly awry while you on your camping trip and you still survive it and enjoy it without giving up at the first sign of trouble – you will also feel empowered as a family.
Even if your trip goes wrong at every turn and you come back dirty, wet, miserable, tired, covered in bites, rashes and bruises and full of the cold – the fact that you went through it all together will bring you closer together.
If you are looking to avoid as few problems as possible, the key ingredient to any successful camping holiday is planning ahead. It may seem like a thrilling idea to just pack the car up and drive off on a whim, but it is not the wisest way to start a camping holiday, especially if you have next to no previous experience.
Although you may want to visit areas of the country that you have never been to before that are a bit further afield, for your first camping expedition it is more sensible to go somewhere not too far away from home. That way, you still get the feeling of being out in the great outdoors without the trappings of modern life, but can still get back to the comfort and warmth of your home if anything happens.
Another vital part of planning camping holidays is planning what you are going to do while you are out there in the wilderness. Failing to plan what you plan to do and where you plan to go will leave you stuck in the middle of nowhere with very little to entertain you and your kids.
When you plan a camping holiday right though, it really can be the best way to spend time quality time with your family. After all, who really needs polished and overly glossy holiday resorts and parks that can leave you in the red financially, when you can get out there in the great British countryside and have an even better holiday?