Feeling over-stimulated with computer screens, mobile devices, copiers, coffee machines, and phone calls? They are noises that have become as common as breathing, but no less distracting.
As humans, we still need that occasional, clear breath of fresh air. We still need the sun to warm us and the vitamin D we soak in our skin. We need a space to think, or to read, or to simply sit in the soft sounds of nature. Which is why a camping trip in the woods is a great way to unwind and break away from the day to day distractions of urban life.
The New York Times reports that over 2.6 million people camped in 2018 than in 2017. This, the article reveals, was to relieve stress. Camping in the woods can be accomplished in most states, given some travel time and research.
Find the Right Campsite For You
Finding the right campsite can be daunting, regardless if you live in an area surrounded by nature or not. Some things to consider: in what state will you be camping? How long will your camping trip be? How large is the party you will be camping with? Will you be staying in a tent or an RV? What activities do you hope to enjoy? Will you be cooking all of your food, or will you want to eat locally? Using campground manager software can help expedite the process and provide insight into the best area to vacation for you and your family.
Don’t Just Sit There, Take a Hike
Camping does not have to be just sitting in the woods. There are plenty of activities for an individual, couple, or family to embark upon. For example, hiking. It can be as leisurely or as demanding as one chooses it to be. It is also a way to get exercise while exploring the area of your stay. Not only will spending time away from the urban chaos calm you, so will the exercise of the walk.
Enjoy the Environment and Protect It
A report in Finland found that just 20 minutes of walking in the woods can relieve a large amount of stress. The major benefit of planning a camping trip is the immersion into nature. The beauty of nature is the pureness of it, so make sure to be environmentally friendly throughout your trip!
For example, if you are traveling with a group, share transportation. Fewer vehicles emit fewer toxic fumes so you and your group will be breathing fresher air during your vacation, and years to come. If you choose to stay in an RV, find one that is fuel efficient. Pack less plastic and use paper bags and other paper products when possible. When purchasing food and necessities for the trip, wait until arriving to the town destination. You will be able to find fresh, organic foods and also contribute to the economy of the town.
Watch Out for Ticks
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While the benefits of camping are numerous, there are some minor dangers to be aware of. Over 300,000 individuals contract Lyme disease from ticks each year. The disease can cause symptoms of fatigue, muscle pain, and even neurological issues. Ticks are small and their bites are sometimes almost impossible to discover as they like to hide in areas that are warm and dark.
It would be remiss not to include some safety tips to employ when preparing for a camping trip, such as checking for bites under your hair, behind your ears, and between your toes. To prevent ticks from getting under your skin, natural repellents can be applied. Using citronella, peppermint, tea tree, and jojoba oils, the blend can work to dissuade ticks from landing and biting on the skin, making camping safer!
Camping in the woods is a great way to break away from the busy, noisy urban environment. Fresh air, trees, and hiking offer a natural stress deterrent from urban life. There are few safety concerns about camping and plenty of benefits. The more people are immersed in nature, the more they appreciate and protect the environment. Camping can be an individual or a shared experience. Regardless of the number in your party, materials used on the trip can be shared among all. Time away from the bustling city, the screens, and the lights is a calming break for any busy urban dweller.
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