Camping conjures up images of a tent pitched on a wide open plain near a willow tree or on the bank of a babbling brook. Many families enjoy getting away and reveling in the great outdoors, circling the campfire while singing songs and watching meat sizzling on a stick. Getting away from modern civilization is a great way to spend a holiday and get reacquainted with Mother Nature. Not only is camping far more economical than staying in a hotel, it is ideal for families with small children. No worrying about dress codes or trying to keep the kids quiet, mother Nature won’t shush them or frown upon their outfits. The following checklist can help you plan the perfect trip.
get reacquainted with Mother Nature. Camping can be a time for relaxation, for grass underfoot instead of concrete, and to be surrounded with the patter of animal feet instead of the roar of urban traffic. Leave the iPods, cell phones and laptops at home, and enjoy the experience technology free. Camping can also be a romantic getaway. Everyday life with its responsibilities and stress can put a damper on any relationship. Having an outdoor adventure can rekindle the spark between couples and make for some unforgettable memories. Others camp alone to commune with nature or 'find themselves'. When surrounded by the beauty of nature, nerves are calmed, the soul is soothed and inner peace restored. The sky, sun, moon and stars can bring a feeling of joy and relaxation unmatched by any spa! Camping means expecting the unexpected, however, so don't forget to let someone know where you are going and for how long; pack the right stuff, and have a back-up plan in case the weather forecast turns ugly!