In this hyper connected world, it’s frequently easier to talk on your phone than talk to the person right in front of you. A driving force behind this issue is that people are expected to stay connected; because people are expected to have their phones with them at all times, putting the phone down and ignoring texts or emails could be an affront or slow business. It isn’t unusual to see families at dinner, typing away on their individual cell phones or mothers picking their children up from school while chatting to a friend on the phone. But what about a time to reconnect with your family?
This prevalence of cell phones, computers, and tablets means that it’s hard for a modern family to stay connected on a deeper level. Families can and do stay involved with each other on a superficial level. However, it’s important to break out this mold and reconnect with your family.
How to Reconnect With Your Family
A family camping trip is a great way to do this. Out of general necessity, both kids and parents are forced to leave their cell phones at home and not bring them into the woods where there may not even be service. Without any of the distractions of home life, you will be able to develop a healthier relationship with those closest to you.
Camping can be an intimidating activity for first timers – but it doesn’t have to be! There are a few simple ways to ease you and your family into the outdoors without any trouble.
Choose Your Campsite Wisely
First, choose a drive-up campsite. This will allow you to bring more items and keep them in the car for access whenever they may be needed. You can find trails from these campsites, so you won’t have to forgo the fun of hiking for the comfort of car-camping!
No Fancy Gear Required
Second, don’t stress about camping gear. If you’re driving to the campsite, then you can throw normal household items in the car. A blanket and pillow will serve you just as well as a sleeping bag would. You can also bring an air mattress with a battery powered pump, so you’ll be comfortable on the ground.
Third, you won’t need to worry about forgoing modern washrooms. Most drive-up campgrounds have maintained bathroom complete with sinks, toilets, and showers. Hot water may be restricted, but you’ll still have all the basics!
An added bonus is that park rangers typically patrol these campsites, so you shouldn’t be afraid to be out in the woods.
Take this opportunity to really talk with your family. It’s easy to assume you know the people who live under your roof, but you may be surprised by how much has been missed due to the distractions of typical daily life. Play games, ask questions, and see what you’ve been missing!
Liz Childers loves being outside and camping. She is a freelance writer who contributes to the blog of Camping Gear Outlet.
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