Three Great Benefits of Camping

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I love camping! Check out this post on what I think are a few great benefits of camping for your health and wallet. Includes some meal ideas while camping.The Good

I love camping!  I feel calm and relaxed in the woods.  All the day-to-day problems just sort of melt away as soon as I get to the campsite.    I stop thinking about work.  I stop worrying about the items that I should have packed for the trip (since it’s pointless at that point).  Most importantly, that little bit of anxiety that I always seem to have for no reason goes away.  I am at peace.

The Bad

Sure there are things that can go wrong when you’re camping.  It has rained on almost every camping trip I’ve been on.  I’ve taken the wrong trail while hiking and ended up hiking several miles more than I was planning on (in the rain).  I’ve had countless huge mosquito bites, spider bites, wood tick and deer tick bites.  Even with everything that goes wrong, at the end of every camping trip I’m left feeling sad and lost.  I feel at home in the woods.

The …Great?

When I’m camping there’s usually no cell service.  On the drive back home after our recent camping trip we had missed calls and texts from Mr. Frugal Turtle’s family.  There was mixed communication and they got really worried when they couldn’t get a hold of us!  Oops.  On the plus side, we had no idea what was going on in the real world.  That’s not always a bad thing.  I recently went a week without the internet and I think it changed me for the better!

If you’re new to camping and need some ideas about what gear to bring, I wrote up a detailed post with many of the items we use when we go camping.  You can find it here!

#1 Benefit of Camping

Exercise!

When I go camping I get a great workout every day.  Whoever I go camping with, we usually spend our days hiking or biking around the park.  On one camping trip with my sister we hiked for over twenty miles.  We got up really early and had a big, filling breakfast.  After breakfast we filled our backpack with water and snacks and left our campsite.  11 hours later we finally got back to our campsite.  It didn’t even feel like a workout!  We took enough breaks and just took in the beautiful scenery on our hike.  Although I usually stick to hiking I have done some biking while on the camping trips as well.  In fact the day after the epic 11 hour hike we went biking to give our legs a little break.  It was so much fun.

#2 Benefit of Camping

I love camping! Check out this post on what I think are a few great benefits of camping for your health and wallet. Includes some meal ideas while camping.
Mr. Frugal Turtle’s Artwork!

Shared hardship increases intimacy!

That phrase was used in an old episode of Dharma and Greg.  It’s really true!  When camping there are harsh elements that need to be dealt with.  It’s usually rain in my case!  Take our last camping trip for example.  It was a beautiful evening.  The sun was shining and we had just started to cook dinner.  All of a sudden the sun disappeared and in its place were clouds that were getting darker and darker.  At that point I told Mr. Frugal Turtle “Maybe we should hurry up, it looks like it could rain.”  His response, “We got time.”  Of course, ten minutes later when I had just sat down to eat my food it started raining.  Mr. Frugal Turtle, who was still cooking his food, told me to run to the car and finish eating.  He was going to finish cooking and get stuff cleaned up.  What a gentleman!  When he finally sat down in the car to enjoy his meal, all we could do was laugh.  It never fails to rain when we’re camping!  We sat in the car and enjoyed our meal and talked for the next half hour before it finished raining.

My sister and I have had great conversations!  While trapped in a tent.  Listening to rain.  The only time we sit in the tent when it’s raining is at night.  No campfires in the rain!  Nothing else to do except play games and chat.

If it’s raining during the day, we usually just deal with it and still go hiking.  That’s what they make rain ponchos and rain coats for!  I’m not going to sit in a tent all day just to avoid the rain.  That doesn’t make for a great story.  People will think you’re nuts if you go hiking in the rain.  It’s fun to see their expression when you tell them how you braved the elements.

#3 Benefit of Camping

It’s a frugal vacation!

Usually.  It depends on how you camp.  I’m not talking about the expensive RV with all the bells and whistles.  Fancy gourmet meals and expensive alcohol do not make for a frugal camping trip.

Camping in a tent and only buying essentials make for the frugal camping trip.  If camping is a common getaway, you’ll have almost everything needed to go camping already.   All you’ll need is maybe some water bottles and some camping food.  Plus whatever the price is to reserve that site.  We paid $77.50 for three nights.  This past camping trip we also spent around $20 to get a tour of a cave.  However, normally we don’t do any activities that cost money when camping.  We spent maybe another $75 for food water, and firewood.

Our meals while camping:

Breakfast

Eggs and salsa wrapped up in a tortilla.  Banana

Eggs and toast.  Banana

Lunch

Grilled cheese and tomato soup

Dinner

Hot dogs/veggie dogs with potato salad.

Black bean burgers with vegetable foil packets

Bean and Cheese Quesadillas with salsa and guacamole

Snacks

Granola Bars

Pretzels and Dip

Homemade Trail Mix with peanuts, cashews, M&Ms, sunflower seeds, and raisins

Summer Sausage, sliced cheese and crackers (Mr. Frugal Turtle)

We were actually only at the campsite for lunch one day out of the three.  The other days we just had snacks for lunch while we were out hiking.  I’m a vegetarian.  Mr. Frugal Turtle is not.  He does eat a lot of vegetarian meals however.   Luckily he has liked almost every vegetarian meal I’ve made him!

Conclusion

Camping is such a wonderful way to spend a few days.  I look forward to our camping trip every year.  It reminds me that I need to get outside more.  I really do feel so much better when I’m outside enjoying the weather.  It brings families and couples closer together.  Plus, you get to see a part of your state that you might not get to see otherwise.  Most people don’t even know we have caves in Minnesota.  They were really cool!  Our tour guide did an awesome job and took time at the end of the tour to answer any questions.

 

Do you enjoy camping?  What other some other benefits of camping?

I love camping! Check out this post on what I think are a few great benefits of camping for your health and wallet. Includes some meal ideas while camping.

 

 

15 thoughts on “Three Great Benefits of Camping”

  1. Nice post!
    Admittedly, I am not the biggest fan of camping, but I have done in a few times and have had some fun. You make it sound amazing though!
    Some of the things I enjoy about it are seeing the stars, campfires, snacks, and adult beverages. However, I not the biggest fan of sleeping in tents…
    But you raise some great points on exercise and saving money. I also like your point on shared hardship because that’s so true. Have a great day 🙂

    1. I agree with you about the stars and campfires. I love sitting around campfires. Although, once you’re back at home and you still smell like campfire smoke even after a shower…not my favorite smell!

      I don’t mind sleeping in tents. What I don’t like is being confined to a constricting sleeping bag. I hate them! Instead I’ll use it like a blanket. And then have an extra blanket with me in case I get chilly.

      Thanks for the comment!

  2. Hi there,

    I’m a sissy and have never camped more than 1 night, but the best part to me is waking up to nature in the morning. It’s a nice reminder that life can be simple if you want it to be.

    My favorite part is starting a fire and making some food!

    1. Ah yes! I love mornings when I’m camping. It’s usually chilly out, so I’m dressed pretty warm with a nice steaming hot cup of coffee. I’m ready for another camping trip!

  3. We just took our 5 little kids and dog on a 6 week camping/road trip. It was amazing! And you are totally right about the exercise. Despite eating a bit more junk food, or as my kids like to call it, camping food: we both lost weight! Being outdoors is so good for our souls. We did a week in Yellowstone, 3 days is the Grand Tetons, 2 nights at Mount Rushmore, and 2 nights in Bighorn National Forrest. Plus our national forest sites were $16 a night! That is tough to beat!

  4. I have a love/hate thing going on with camping. Love the idea of it, hate the nightime when anxiety takes over and this irrational fear of being attacked by a bear or wolves takes over 🙂

    But every time I go, I end up loving it! We’re actually planning a trip for next month. Although because I don’t go a lot, I basically ended up spending a small fortune on gear, just to live like a homeless person.

    1. Haha. I hear you about the gear. I’ve been camping every year for the last 10-15 years, so I think I have everything I need.

      I’m more scared of raccoons if I’m totally honest. This one night I heard something outside the tent, so I grabbed the flashlight and stuck my head out the tent. Three raccoons started growling at me! Those critters are scary!

  5. I just got back from a camping trip this past weekend and guess what? It rained. Lol. But like you, I still love it. Camping is good for the soul and for the wallet – great vacation for less $$$.

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