Getting away from the hurry and stress of city life can be an outdoor activity that is very recreational. Camping is one such laid-back and stress relieving activity that you can pursue in the fresh air, in the lap of nature, and even occasionally in the company of wildlife.
Camping can be tough and leave you at the mercy of nature and its elements and is often combined with other activities like fishing, trekking, kayaking, and others, and can give you the ultimate outdoor experience. It is a pastime that people of all ages can take part in, as long as you are willing to live in the rough and forego the conveniences that you are used to in homes. You can also go camping all alone or in the company of others who want to share your hobby. It can be fun for families and greatly help in bonding. You will often find campers when you attend music festivals or some sports activities, where people come from far and wide and have limited budgets.
Camping is facilitated by tents, a sort of portable home that has been used for centuries by earlier civilizations. It was in large use by nomads who moved from place to place, and often from country to country, and as well as by large armies, who needed to be on the move at all times, while conquering newer territories. Caravans were developed as improvements to tents and can greatly add to the ease of living in the outdoors.
Camping takes you outdoors and you spend a lot of time in the open, and quite often near trees. This enables you to breathe in unpolluted air with more oxygen and can allow your body to function with lesser strain. When you live outdoors, close to nature, you will reduce your blood pressure, improve your digestion and give a boost to your immune system. Camping alone can be fun, but in the company of others, it can greatly help in building up relationships.
Camping has been known to improve moods, lessen stress, and often the sheer effort of looking after yourself in relatively primitive conditions can help to improve confidence. You will have to be physically active when you go camping, right from having to get to a camping site, carrying your tents, pitching them, and then performing the small tasks that will enable you to look after yourself through getting your meals, finding water, lighting fires and the like. Active campers burn a lot of calories, and if you combine it with trekking, biking, fishing or hunting this burning of calories can be enhanced. And we all know that burnt calories can lead to better weight control. The fact that you are out in the sun can be of great benefit to the body.
Camping outdoors needs you to pay attention to the gear that you carry along, and as long as it is decent and comfortable, without being too bulky, you will be physically active during the day and get good sleep at night. Camping life can be all the more enjoyable if you switch off all your devices like phones or laptops. Make sure that you carry the right equipment when you go camping. This must include a proper tent that you can easily set up, a torch or lantern, a sleeping bag, an air mattress, a stove, lighter, and some small tools, like knives, mallets, axes, and above all an adequate supply of water and food unless you are planning to live off the land.
If you have never been out camping before, you can even buy a tent, and practice putting it up in your yard and even living in it for a few nights, to get used to it. Children will love this adventure, and if you are not comfortable you can always go back inside your home.
Expect bugs and insects when you are outdoors, and carry along some repellents or mosquito curtains to help you deal with them. Be prepared for bad weather, and carry sufficient clothing. In most countries, nowadays, camping sites are available that can provide you with a lot of assistance during your stay there. Many of these sites can even allow you to stay in their tents, and provide other facilities. Live in them to get used to the idea of camping can be a good idea.