Camping unplugged: connecting with nature and disconnecting from technology

Camping is a favourite pastime amongst UK holidaymakers with people from all walks of life enjoying the great outdoors. And the pandemic sparked a new crave of camping, with 20% of adults taking to tents or caravans for the first time ever.

While some see camping as a less-than-luxury holiday, with the hassle of equipment, cooking and uncomfortable sleeping arrangements, many agree that the benefits clearly outweigh any cons.

We’ll explore the reasons why camping is a great way to escape and provide tips on how to enjoy a trip to the wilderness safely and comfortably.

Benefits of camping

One of the main appeals of camping is time spent in nature. There are many benefits of spending time outdoors including the opportunity to be more active, reducing stress and lifting your mood. Even if the weather conditions aren’t ideal, embracing the elements can help you feel closer to the natural world.

With this comes the added benefit of disconnecting from technology. Our lives are dominated by screens, whether that’s smartphones, laptops, televisions or gaming. Removing these distractions can help you get back to basics and focus on what’s important.

Camping also allows the opportunity to spend quality time with loved ones. This could be your children, your partner, extended family, friends or pets. The freedom of the great outdoors means you can spend time bonding with the people who mean the most to you and giving them your full attention.

It’s easy to involve everyone in a camping trip – ask the kids to arrange some outdoor games and get the whole family to take turns preparing and cooking food.

Preparing for your camping trip

There are many camping locations to choose from, both in the UK and abroad, so select one based on your family’s interests and the area that appeals to you. This could be by the sea, in a forest or in the quaint English countryside.

The idea is to make camping as stress-free as possible. To do this you’ll need to get organised in advance and prepare some items to take with you. If it’s your very first time camping, you should consider the basics. These include:

  • Sleeping bags
  • Tent
  • Pillows
  • Blow-up camping beds
  • Food and drink
  • Cooking equipment including camping stove
  • Food storage equipment
  • Water carrier
  • Camping chairs and table
  • Torches

You might also want to consider items such as cleaning equipment, first-aid kit, floor mat and tent repair items. Include some outdoor lighting for evening time so you can easily enjoy family games or other activities.

 Entertainment

Some campers might be concerned about keeping boredom at bay (especially parents!). But there are plenty of options to keep the whole family entertained. Some ideas include:

  • Board games
  • Reading
  • Jigsaws
  • Ball games – tennis, badminton, football
  • Foraging
  • Wildlife spotting
  • Wild swimming

If you’re lucky enough to be camping in a Dark Sky area, then why not give star gazing a go?  Make the most of clear, starry nights and see the universe from a different perspective.

Whatever activities you choose to enjoy, try and refrain from using technology. It’s a good idea to take your phone along in case of an emergency but avoid relying on it to provide entertainment.

The most important factor when camping is to have fun! You might get wet and muddy, there could be times when someone overcooks the BBQ and you may have to deal with a tent mishap. But that’s all part of the appeal of escaping modern life and enjoying the outdoors!