Embark on a Health and Wellness Camping Trip
By Brandi Swieter
Camping is a favorite pastime of many, with countless families pitching tents and making s’mores each and every summer. Though the activity can be a fun and relaxing one, it can also be healthy if people make it so. One night of s’mores won’t do much harm, but consuming nothing but junk on the entire trip isn’t ideal. Embark on a health and wellness camping trip for a better version of the summer hobby.
Pack Healthy Foods
Just because a family is camping doesn’t mean they have to pack hot dogs and pop tarts. With a cooler on hand, any fruits and vegetables can be kept cool inside to enjoy. It’s also possible to create make-ahead meals that can be packaged and heated while camping. Make a few meals at home and place them in tupperware to be refrigerated. On the camping trip, these meals can be put on ice in the cooler to stay edible. Bring a cast iron skillet and a portable over-fire grill stand to cook the food.
Plan Plenty of Activities
Though it’s important to carve out time while camping to simply sit and relax, it’s equally essential to plan plenty of activities to keep active. Go swimming, take a hike, play a game with the kids, rent a canoe, and more. All of this exercise is great for overall health, and will help promote a better night’s rest.
Go to Bed When the Sun Sets
Once the sun starts setting, it’s best to get ready for bed. It may seem like a good idea to stay up late around the fire, but a long day of activities and camping fun can wear people out. Going to bed when the sun sets and waking as it rises is one of the best ways to ensure proper sleep that gets the body back into normal rhythm.
Keep the Devices in the Car
Technology has taken over so much of our lives. It can be difficult to put our phones and tablets down even just for a day or two while camping. As hard as it may be, it’s important to take a break from screens once in a while and just enjoy life. Having a phone on a camping trip is necessary, especially if an emergency arises, but it’s best to leave it in the car for the duration. It will be there when needed but won’t be glued to the hand the entire trip. The only exception would be bringing it along on a hike, again for emergency purposes, and perhaps a few pictures, only.
A health and wellness camping trip won’t just be fun, it will also be good for the mind and body. Camping already tends to help clear the mind and allow people to get a better night’s rest. By making the trip truly health-related, more people can use their mini tent vacation to de-stress from daily life and regain control of their health.
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