The Very Real Benefits of Camping

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By Scarlet Gratton

The Very Real Benefits of Camping That Shouldn’t Be Overlooked

Although you probably love your convenient coffeemaker, blow dryer, and Netflix, ridding yourself of all modern comforts and technology will provide you with an escape from the daily grind of life – something that we all truly need once in a while.

Besides going on an adventure and having fun, losing yourself in nature has very real health benefits. Below are only a few reasons why you should skip a fancy holiday this season and go camping instead.

 

Your stress, depression, and anxiety levels significantly decrease

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Research has shown that green spaces can decrease depression by up to 71%. This is due to several factors such as absorbing essential nutrients, spending time under the sun, eating healthier food, and simply allowing your mind and body to relax. Your days are simplified in terms of not having to impress anyone, worry about how you look or think about deadlines. Camping allows us to break free from the chaos of life, everyday stresses, and the constant worries that prevent a good night’s sleep, and instead enjoy the simplicity of nature. Additionally, camping trips strengthen social bonds, serving as a perfect opportunity to repair strained relationships, rebuild some bridges, and grow closer to the people who matter to you. Also, in this busy age where people are dependent on their phones for any and all forms of communication, camping is a rare and valuable opportunity to connect on a unique, deep level with new people as well. If this alone doesn’t convince you of the real benefits of camping, I’m not sure what would.

 

You are finally unplugged

Although nowadays many campsites offer Wi-Fi services, most campers refuse to use it. In order to absorb all the benefits camping can offer, it is crucial to allow yourself to totally unplug and disconnect from your addictive habits of checking your social media accounts, reading the news, or replying to emails. Research shows that decreases in constant exposure to over-stimulating technologies can encourage greater psychological and emotional health. You’re able to think and engage meaningfully away from screens full of distractions in order to come to terms with reality with a clear mind — and this benefit alone is priceless.

 

Your diet becomes healthier

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Camping limits your meal options, explicitly leaving out fast food and impulsive snacking. You will also have the chance to look for some fresh fruit or herbs in the surrounding environment or even go fishing for dinner. You can roast some potatoes or tomatoes, have some corn on the cob, or treat yourself to some toasted marshmallows while chatting with your camping fellow(s) at the campfire at the end of an eventful day. Another of the Real Benefits of Camping for sure!

 

You can get a good night’s sleep

Thanks to the natural light sources around you, a day full of outdoor activities, and good-quality camping equipment, you’ll be able to sleep like a baby over the course of your camping trip. We’re almost continuously exposed to incandescent light and other artificial sources, which cause insomnia and low-quality sleep. Since nature’s yellow light triggers the production of melatonin at night, you will be able to sleep more soundly and fully.

 

You get much-needed exercise

Even when seemingly not doing anything, your body is continuously active during outdoor exploring. There is exercise involved in getting everything prepared, setting up your tent, collecting wood for the fire, swimming, fishing, and more. You also find yourself taking part in various activities, from canoeing, hiking, and swimming to playing sports, bushwalking, or simply getting the fire started. Effectively whatever you do on your camping trip, you’re liable to be burning more calories than you would burn by sitting in an office.

 

You are challenged to try new things

Each camping experience is unique and stimulating. It allows you to challenge yourself in new ways and explore alternatives sources of inspiration and exploration, helping develop your mind and body. Whether you are camping in the wilderness or in a designated campground, you will certainly find yourself crossing out some assorted items from your bucket list that you never imagined you would – or maybe even adding some new ones.

 

You reconnect with nature

Being outside allows you to develop a greater appreciation for the world around you and a more intimate relationship with nature. You can finally free yourself from screens, flashing city lights, and tiring routines. Enjoy some genuinely quiet time listening to the gurgling of the river, chirping crickets, and the breeze rushing through the trees. And the best part comes when the sun goes down – good old stargazing.

 

You inhale fresh air

Getting some fresh, healthy air is a luxury today. This alone should be a good enough reason for you to get up, pack your backpack, and head to the nearest campsite.

Camping is an inexpensive but exciting way to travel and unquestionably one of the best ways to unwind while developing your brain and body all at once. It’s neither a glamorous kind of holiday nor is it about the comforts and ease that luxurious hotels can offer you, but that’s the beauty of it. So, dive into the healing powers of the wilderness and come back home refreshed, healthier, and happier.

Get out there and enjoy the real benefits of camping today!

Guest Author

Scarlet is a passionate writer and a regular contributor at ripped.meinterested in fashion, lifestyle, and health. She loves travelling, you could say that she is a real travel addict, especially when she has a chance to visit some exotic destinations. She would tell you that inspiration can be found in the most unexpected places.

51 thoughts on “The Very Real Benefits of Camping

  • September 13, 2018 at 2:30 am
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    Camping would be a huge trial for me! There are so many benefits to getting out there though. I know that I felt so much better being out in fresh air. Making food from wild catch was also quite the experience!

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  • September 9, 2018 at 12:33 pm
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    I love this. Hiking always makes me feel better — my anxiety is always less when I’m hiking and I always feel so accomplished when I do it. The exercise benefits are amazing too, I love that I’m doing something other than staring at a machine while I work out.

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  • September 8, 2018 at 11:54 am
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    I love camping. When I go camping, I sleep much better and I feel more active than when staying in a hotel or resort. Good post! Too bad, that many people think different!

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  • September 7, 2018 at 2:49 am
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    I have always wanted to camp while out enjoying nature and now you’re making me think about doing it soon!

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    • September 7, 2018 at 6:45 pm
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      You should definitely give it a go! 🙂

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  • September 7, 2018 at 12:32 am
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    My family and I absolutely adore camping. I can’t wait to get out again in the spring! I agree with all of your points of benefits, relaxation and rest for the everyday life is huge for me.

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    • September 7, 2018 at 6:44 pm
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      That’s great, it’s wonderful to spend time camping together. 🙂

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  • September 6, 2018 at 11:58 pm
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    I love camping as it helps me relax and find my inner peace. It helps me also to clear my mind.

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    • September 7, 2018 at 6:43 pm
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      Yes, the same with me. 🙂

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  • September 6, 2018 at 9:13 am
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    Sometimes I feel so stressed about life and need to relax. And camping is wonderful adventure to dispel the stressful.

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    • September 7, 2018 at 6:43 pm
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      Hope you’ll find even more ways to reduce stress (although I know how it is – always something going on, it’s hard to focus sometimes). I wish I could spend more time in nature, really helps. 🙂

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  • September 6, 2018 at 4:36 am
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    I would love to go camping when my youngest is a little bit older. I love being unplugged, my hubby would go crazy though.

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    • September 7, 2018 at 6:40 pm
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      Maybe he ends up feeling pleasantly surprised once he has the chance to unplug even for a day. 🙂

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  • September 6, 2018 at 3:36 am
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    I love to camp too! These are all benefits that I never really even considered.

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    • September 7, 2018 at 6:39 pm
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      I’m glad you enjoyed the read. 🙂

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  • September 6, 2018 at 2:39 am
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    I love to camp! Its a great way to get reconnected back to yourself!

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    • September 7, 2018 at 6:38 pm
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      I agree Emily. 🙂

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  • September 6, 2018 at 1:06 am
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    i love these benefits. Overall being outdoors I feel provides us with so much goodness. I have yet to ever camp but have always wanted to.

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    • September 7, 2018 at 6:38 pm
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      Autumn is a great season to go. 🙂

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  • September 5, 2018 at 10:57 pm
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    Sorry, but I’m not unplugging. I love the rest of the benefits you listed. I’ve never had a chance to go camping but I like the way you spell out the benefits. Great for those who like it.

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    • September 5, 2018 at 11:21 pm
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      I think it’s really difficult to unplug, I was anxious when I did it the first time. But now I enjoy it the most, being all alone with my thoughts. 🙂 Thank you, and I hope you’ll have a chance to try it in the future. 🙂

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  • September 5, 2018 at 8:45 pm
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    Although I love being in the great outdoors, I have never been a fan of camping. The whole sleeping outdoors with the wild animals is just not my thing, Would be interested in renting a cabin though. 🙂

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    • September 5, 2018 at 10:46 pm
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      Hi Erica! Renting a cabin is also a great idea, it gives you plenty of opportunity to enjoy the nature around you. 🙂 I don’t know why, but I sleep like a baby when I’m outdoors in a tent.

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  • September 5, 2018 at 6:28 pm
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    I love camping. I can never have enough camping. I didn’t know these benefits of camping and I loved this post.

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    • September 5, 2018 at 10:48 pm
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      Me too! I’m so glad you found this post helpful, it really means a lot to me. 🙂

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  • September 5, 2018 at 5:40 pm
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    I’ve actually never legit camped before… but notice many of these same benefits from travel! 🙂 Would love to do it one day soon… good for the soul no doubt!

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    • September 5, 2018 at 10:50 pm
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      You should definitely do it once you have time, you’ll most certainly enjoy. 🙂 And I totally agree when it comes to travel, it opens up new horizons.

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  • September 5, 2018 at 5:09 pm
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    Unplugging & taking time to reconnect with nature is definitely a great way to relieve stress and reset and recharge. Camping is always a good idea!

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    • September 5, 2018 at 10:52 pm
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      Yes, we often can’t unplug in the city, not really, and camping is perfect for that! 🙂

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  • September 5, 2018 at 2:16 pm
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    I am an adventurous person but not doing camping too often but after reading this post and knowing all the good benefits that it will give me I will definitely try to do this often with my friends.

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    • September 5, 2018 at 10:54 pm
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      That’s great! 🙂 I hope you’ll have a wonderful time, and a lot of fun with your friends. 🙂

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  • September 5, 2018 at 12:33 pm
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    There’s no doubt that camping has some amazing benefits. Simply getting out into nature is a huge one. Great photos.

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    • September 5, 2018 at 10:56 pm
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      Nature really heals your soul, and your body. 🙂

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  • September 5, 2018 at 11:35 am
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    People who have never really been into camping but would love to have a go, or who are thinking about it should read this post!

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    • September 5, 2018 at 10:57 pm
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      Thank you so much Serin, I’m glad you like the post. 🙂

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  • September 5, 2018 at 10:15 am
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    For those who aren’t big fans of camping – they should read this to be convinced and understand the benefits.

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    • September 5, 2018 at 11:01 pm
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      Thank you Rachael, I hope that people will give camping a try if they have never done it before. 🙂

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  • September 5, 2018 at 6:33 am
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    I don’t like doing a camping too often but after reading this and knowing the benefits of doing it, it makes me think I should do it more.

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    • September 5, 2018 at 11:03 pm
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      If it’s not your thing, spending time in nature even for a day can be really enjoyable. 🙂

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  • September 5, 2018 at 4:30 am
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    Confession ! I do not like camping. I tried it once and it just wasn’t my cup of tea. However, I can say that I really appreciated nature and how calm it was out there. That part was great!

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    • September 5, 2018 at 11:08 pm
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      Nature definitely can make you feel utterly relaxed. 🙂 Maybe you can try renting a cabin, you could still spend a lot of time outdoors, like Erica suggested. 🙂

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  • September 5, 2018 at 2:58 am
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    YES! Getting outside in nature is a great way to help battle depression. This is a good reminder to take advantage before the gloomy weather sets in!

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    • September 5, 2018 at 11:09 pm
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      Yes, we still have at least a couple of weeks of pleasant weather ahead of us. 🙂

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  • September 5, 2018 at 1:37 am
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    I absolutely ADORE camping! I typically go every year, but unfortunately didn’t have the opportunity to this year, as I was out of the country. I’ll be able to do some autumn camping again here in Ontario, now that I’m back!

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    • September 5, 2018 at 11:11 pm
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      Autumn is a wonderful time of year for camping! 🙂 I love the colors and the silence… it’s perfect for some soul searching. 🙂

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  • September 5, 2018 at 1:09 am
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    I have never looked at the positive aspects of camping consciously this way and, reading this, I am changing my mindset to appreciate all the things that we seem to take for granted.

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    • September 5, 2018 at 11:12 pm
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      I’m really glad that this post has given you a new perspective on things. 🙂

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  • September 5, 2018 at 12:10 am
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    OKAY. You have convinced me of the benefits to actually go camping with my husband. This should be good for both of us and it adds to the adventure of enjoying nature together.

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    • September 5, 2018 at 11:14 pm
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      You two are definitely going to have such a wonderful time! 🙂 Plus, camping can be so romantic, just the two of you. 🙂

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  • September 4, 2018 at 11:08 pm
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    I can see the truth in all of this. Living in such a large city as Dallas I am always connected to technology, always on the go, and tend to eat out more than I should. Camping would most definitely give me a calmer outlook.

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    • September 5, 2018 at 11:17 pm
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      Unfortunately, that’s life in a large city, always hectic, busy, you’re always in a hurry. It’s the same for me, but I try to unplug as often as I can, and camping really helps. Glad you liked the post. 🙂

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