October 22, 2018

Why Camping Beats A Typical Hotel Stay

By Tim Fox

There’s something about putting up a tent that completely beats staying in hotels – no matter how fancy they are. Here’s why you should ditch the resort and stay at a campsite instead.

  1. Spend More Time With Your Family

Rather than staying in separate rooms, camping allows you to build your temporary home together and make the most of your family holiday.

  1. Connect With Natural Surroundings

If you stay in hotels, you have to make a mindful effort to keep in touch with nature and enjoy an authentic, grounded feeling. But if you stay on a campground, bonding with nature comes more easily.

  1. Experiment With Cool Camping Gadgets

Go outside your comfort zone to use tools you don’t use in your day-to-day, such as:

  • Multipurpose lantern radios
  • Wind up radios
  • Solar powered charger
  • Biolite Camp Stove


  1. Great Accommodations For Less

Sporting facilities, children’s clubs, spa treatments, and swimming pools aren’t just for hotels – these amenities are also available at several campsites.

  1. Bring Your Pets With You

Some hotels don’t allow their customers to bring their pets inside their room. But if you’re going camping, you’ll most likely have a chance to take your pet with you.

  1. More Space for Everyone

Imagine being imprisoned inside your car for several hours only to travel to a hotel room where you’ll also have limited space. You’ll need to have some space after a very long ride – especially if you have kids. If you chose to stay outdoors, children can play with less restrictions and explore more.

  1. Teaching Children To Love Outdoors

In our increasingly technological world, children tend to spend most of their time playing with gadgets. However, camping forces your kids to unplug and teaches them to respect the natural world. Nothing beats the comforting and soothing warmth of campfires, especially when compared to heaters found in a hotel. Also, don’t forget s’mores!

  1. Not Tethered To One Place

Camping can offer you more freedom than staying in hotels. You don’t have to stress yourself out about being tied to one place. For instance, if you get uninterested in a certain plan, you can move to other places freely.

  1. The Food Outside Tastes Better

In my opinion, food cooked outside just tastes better. You can utilize your grill anytime you want. Some activities you may do while camping includes hiking, bike tours and going on nature walks. After a long day, what could be yummier than barbecue you grill yourself?

  1. Meet New People With Ease

In a hotel, talking with new people is a bit uncomfortable since it’s more traditional to spend time in your room. But in the campground, you’re just one tent away from your neighbors. As a result, it’s a lot easier to start chatting with them.

Know Before You Go:

Before booking, make sure to check the campsite map – if you want certain amenities, make sure they’re there and in season. Furthermore, ask for details on the campground you’re reserving. Once you make it to the campsite, make sure you explore the accommodations. Bring extra clothing as it’s less common for campgrounds to have laundry facilities – and bring sufficient apparel that will protect you from different weather conditions.

When it comes to food, it’s best to plan your meals in advance! Identify how much food you will be preparing for how many individuals and list down some menu ideas, including who has dietary restrictions. Do your grocery run one to two days before your set camping date so that the ingredients will remain fresh. Try to avoid stopping in convenience stores while you’re on your way to the campsite – this way the majority of your food will be healthy and give sufficient energy.

Arrive early to learn the campsite layout. It’s harder to find your site when dusk hits, so aim for daylight hours. It’s also less disturbing to your neighbors to set up camp during the day. To make the most out of camping, I compiled a list of equipment that you need to prepare and bring.

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag and pad
  • Pillows
  • Extra blankets
  • Canopy
  • Chairs
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First Aid kit
  • Sleepwear
  • Hiking and water shoes
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Hats
  • Gloves
  • Insect repellant
  • Toothbrush
  • Soap
  • Water
  • Healthy food
  • Portable gas stove
  • Lightweight cooking equipment
  • Maps
  • Pet food (if you’re planning to bring your pet with you)
  • Camera
  • Soap

Spending your vacation doesn’t have to be costly or complicated. What matters most is that you make the most out of your much-awaited holiday with friends and family. Preparation is key to maximize your camping experience!

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