5 Reasons To Go Family Camping
When most people talk of camping, they imagine tents, the wilderness, cozying up around the fire and adventures all around. However, with a child, camping seemed like a distant dream. I had been putting off camping with our child for a while now. The gear, the planning, the packing, the thought of frantically running to tick things off my list, micro-managing my husband to rush-up things, frazzled me.
Don’t judge me. I understand that the benefits of spending time in nature are huge. Children in urban jungles lack outdoor play. Our sedentary, indoor lifestyles have severed our learning and connection to nature. But as a minimalist, the thought of buying all the camping gear, having storage space for all these items and going through all the hassle of finding a safe site became a deterrent to go camping at all.
Here are my top five reasons to opt for family camping (glamping)
1. Go Local!
The campsites selected are great for quick weekend getaways as they are about 2-3 hours drive from Mumbai. It is far enough to escape city’s madness and near enough to know that home is just a car ride away.
2. Grab ‘n’ Go List
When you are with kids, there is no such thing as a perfect holiday. The question we should be asking ourselves is that do they really notice if it isn’t perfect? All you have to make sure is that you cover the basics and you are good to go. Thankfully, with the campsite taking care of most of the essentials, we had a short list of things to pack – literally a grab n go list. Of which, we forgot to carry our flip-flops, got our shoes wet and enjoyed running around barefoot! Spontaneity is the best kind of adventure!
3. Season to be Merry!
In Mumbai, Autumn to Winter seasons are great months for outdoor camping experiences. Post-monsoons everything is lush, rivers gush and the nip in the air replete your oxygen deprived lungs. On our road trip from the city to campsite, the color green became apparent. To say that it is the most soothing color to the dulled grey eyes of a Mumbaikar is an understatement.
4. Tent beats a Hotel
The campsites selected offer all essential camping gears and basic amenities like food, water, blankets and washrooms. Once you get to the campgrounds, you get to pitch your own tents! This is an exciting activity to undertake as a family. Noor’s favorite color is Red! So, we pitched our red tent and helped fellow campers with their tents. Believe me, seeing a safe space come into existence out of nowhere is a great learning experience. Noor spent hours just zipping in and out of the tent.
5. Happy Mini-Campers
We city dwellers are often too busy entertaining our kids that we forget how to really make them happy! On a weekend in Mumbai, we would either go to the mall, catch a movie or eat out. But over the family camping weekend, our days were full of running in the open, chasing butterflies, splashing in the rock pool, making new friends, trekking, kayaking, witnessing a peaceful sunset and settling down at night to a bonfire with BBQ dinner and a movie under the stars. I loved seeing my child wild and free. Nature has a unique way of making parenting guilt evaporate.
Getting our children out into nature is our responsibility. In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take. So, don’t overthink it! Say yes, to new adventures. Happy Camping!
~ Forever Jugni ~
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