6 important reasons why camping is good for you

Mother and two little girls lean smiling out of open tent door while man sits on camp chair on grass in background.

There are plenty of positives to camping. Location: BIG4 Moruya Heads East's Dolphin Beach Holiday Park, NSW.

Clearly, camping is fun.

It allows us to connect with loved ones and nature, relax, and escape the daily grind. But that’s just the start.

Camping, in fact, helps promote a host of positive health benefits.

So, consider these six points about the importance of camping when planning your next break.

Three smiling children lean out of a yellow tent onto fresh green grass.

The benefits extend to glamping, too. Location: BIG4 Yarra Valley Park Lane Holiday Park, VIC.

1. Camping helps with problem solving

Sometimes camping and its associated activities present you with challenges.

Often these are challenges that you don’t deal with on a daily basis: How to set up your tent; or how to deal with scenarios where you aren’t armed with all your mod-cons or items of familiarity.

In addition, camping introduces you to new experiences – perhaps an activity you’d always wanted to try but never found time for.

Whatever the case, new challenges and experiences keep your brain healthy, as they force you to think for yourself.

Camping has a habit of leading to new experiences. Location: South West Rocks, NSW.

2. Camping is great for children’s education

Following the above point, spending the night in a tent has clear positives for children. This is especially so in the digital age where many kids are more confident navigating their way around a smartphone than they are negotiating the inside of a tent.

Camping introduces children to a whole new world and asks of them an ability to overcome new problems and challenges, particularly if it’s raining.

Having exposure to a different set of challenges not only keeps kids’ brains healthy but leads to increased learning opportunities.

A UK study from the Institute of Education at Plymouth University found an overwhelming majority of parents believed that camping had a positive impact on a child's education.

Hand holding a hammer over alarm clock on the table next to the bed

New challenges and activities have positive impacts for kids. Location: BIG4 Gold Coast Holiday Park, QLD.

3. Camping can help you sleep better

Particular note for insomniacs – there’s another important benefit of camping.

Research from the University of Colorado Boulder found that camping can reset our biological clocks and help those who find it tough to get to sleep and/or wake up in the morning.

It’s all to do with the increased use of artificial light in our daily lives and the fact that camping can help us to adjust to the natural light-dark cycle if we're given that chance.

Receiving adequate sleep has long been touted by medical professionals as critical to our overall health and wellbeing. Plus, aren’t we or our family members much easier to deal with when not tired and grumpy?!

Camping helps to reset our biological clocks. Location: BIG4 Shepparton Park Lane Holiday Park, VIC.

4. Camping helps increase your vitamin D intake

Camping provides you with the chance to spend more time in the sun…at least in theory! And more time catching those rays means extra vitamin D, which has benefits for you.

While much research exists to say that some advantages remain inconclusive, there appears to be agreement that it does aid bone health. Furthermore, the Medical Journal of Australia states that exposure to sunlight is the main source of vitamin D for Australian residents.

Sun exposure has also been linked to mental health benefits, such as improved moods. However, direct sun exposure should be taken in moderation and adequate protection should always be used to minimise the risk of skin cancer.

Man standing on rocky, grassy terrain takes photo of mountain ranges while woman watches on

Go camping - or glamping - and inject some increased vitamin D into your life. Location: BIG4 Castlemaine Gardens Holiday Park, VIC.

5. Camping can lead to increased exercise

If your daily routine entails slaving away in an office or at home with the kids, chances are your opportunities to exercise are limited. The solution? Go camping!

While camping, you will likely explore new surrounds and keep active.

This increased exercise has been well-documented – from the Heart Foundation to the Department of Health – as having myriad physical and mental benefits. These include combatting health problems and disease and improving your mood and energy levels.  

This point is not limited to camping. Simply escape the daily grind and hit the great outdoors.

Camping is often the catalyst for getting out and about to explore. Location: Murray River, SA.

Credit: South Australian Tourism Commission

6. Camping could make you happier

That’s right – camping goes a long way to improving your mood. It’s all to do with serotonin, that wonderful chemical our body produces that helps to make us happy.

We’ve already touched on some factors that help the body create serotonin: more sunlight, more oxygen, and increased physical activity. And when you’re camping, you’re likely to tick all these boxes. Happy days!

Smiling woman squats on grass and holds tent pole in place while man in green shirt watches on

Camping might just up your daily smile count. Location: BIG4 Ballina Headlands Holiday Park, NSW.

These are just some of the many great benefits of camping. What is it about camping that you enjoy most or get the greatest benefit from? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments selection below.

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