The Complete Guide to Camping Benefits

Most individuals go camping simply because they are tired of their normal life, or to enjoy new adventures. But did you know that camping has a load of other benefits other than just being a fun activity? Whether you enjoy hunting, hiking, biking, or any other outdoor activity, camping offers you a way to enjoy all that without any distractions. You also get several health benefits that will make you a better person.

What are the main benefits of camping?

Here are some of the benefits you gain from setting up that cabin tent so you can enjoy some quality outdoor experience:

Stress reduction – Stress can affect you negatively in just about every aspect of your life. But does it really have to be that way? Of course no. Camping can help you cope with stress effectively; it has been proved to reduce oxidative stress. You no longer have to deal with overbooked scheduling as you enjoy your outdoor moments. There is also no place to be at a certain time, nor are there any distractions. The result is that your mental health becomes better. It won’t end there, as there are other significant benefits associated with stress reduction.

Increase vitamin D intake – More than 40% of Americans face Vitamin D deficiency, as suggested by this research. By spending some time outside as you enjoy the sunshine, you will give yourself the chance to get natural vitamin D from the sun’s rays. This has lots of benefits on your body. Even though enjoying your precious time outside trying to catch some rays is always a desirable thing to do, be careful not to overdo it.

The sun usually is hottest from 9 am to 3 pm. As such you should aim to go outdoors after that period, to avoid being exposed to too much direct sunlight. It doesn’t mean that you should spend the rest of the day in the family cabin tent. You can always go out, but be sure to protect yourself from the harmful rays of the sun.

Relationship building – One of the main benefits of camping is that you can always socialize with other individuals and build strong relationships. Even though some people may prefer to go camping solo, it’s always advisable to have some company with you. That way, you won’t get out of that cabin tent and explore on your own. You will get a chance to talk and enjoy several other activities with other persons. One amazing thing about socialization is that it can extend your lifespan and even delay memory issues.

Exercise – The other most obvious benefit of camping is that you will spend most of your time performing physical activities. An activity as simple as taking a fishing trip will go a long way in helping you burn some calories, compared to spending your day working at an office.

Once you’re out of your family cabin tent, take a bike ride or go hiking, and you’ll keep your heart and lungs healthy with these two cardiovascular exercises. There is simply an endless list of activities to engage in while camping. As such, you can be sure of getting enough exercise that will keep your body healthy.

Increased self-awareness – How much do you know about yourself as far as camping is concerned? Do you even know whether camping is for you or not? Well, there is only one way to find out, and you know what it is. Camping can present you with a chance to know more about yourself and your interests as well. Perhaps you are a tent camper, maybe a trailer camper or even a cabin camper.

Development of new skills – You’ll also get a chance to acquire new skills during your camping trip. These, you can learn from others who are with you during the trip, or you can as well learn them on your own. Learning how to start fires, set up a cabin tent, and others are simply something you cannot do while focusing on your regular, busy schedules.

Enhance your problem-solving capability – In this modern life, it’s quite common to come across employees whose jobs put pressure on them to be productive rather than creative. A study done on 5,000 adults in 2012 showed that 75% of them believed that they did not achieve their full creative potential.

Worry not, however, as a camping trip is a fantastic way of getting your creative juices flowing. Unexpected events such as losing the only lighter you brought along will help you unleash problem-solving skills you never thought existed in you.

What do you need for your camping trip?

The good thing about camping is that you don’t need to carry so much with you, especially if you have creative means of survival. Nonetheless, there is a list of things that you can’t do without when you go on a camping trip. Here is a comprehensive list of the most essential items to include in your camping packing list.

For the campsite pack the following:
• Tent (complete with footprint and stakes)
• Camp chairs (learn more)
• Camp table
• Sleeping bags
• Camping pillow
• Headlamp or flashlights (remember to include extra batteries)
• Lantern

You’ve got to eat, so bring the following kitchen equipment:
• Cook pots (include a potholder)
• Stove and fuel
• Firestarter/Matches
• Frying pan
• Sharp knife
• Cooler
• Cutting board
• Bottle/Can opener
• Mugs/cups
• Water bottles
• Plates/bowls
• Ice/Ice substitutes
• Recycling/Trash bags
• Dishtowel
• Sponge/Pot Scrubber
• Biodegradable soap

For your health and hygiene, carry:
• Hand sanitizer
• Toilet paper
• Menstrual products
• Toothpaste and toothbrush
• Quick-dry towel
• Toiletry kit
• First aid kit/first aid supplies
• Prescription medications

Your clothing and footwear packing list should include:
• Quick-drying shorts/pants
• Lightweight jacket
• Sleepwear
• Shoes or boots (suited to terrain)
• Moisture-wicking underwear
• Socks
• Moisture-wicking t-shirts

Don’t forget the following personal items:
• ID
• Campsite reservation confirmation (if needed)
• Phone
• Cash and/or credit card

Final word

A camping trip has a list of endless benefits, and it’s only by taking a break from your normal life will you ever realize such benefits. You will go back home feeling more rejuvenated and ready to handle all the challenges that life presents to you. The equipment you will require as you go camping can, however, change easily depending on factors such as climate, local terrain, wildlife, and more. If you feel like you are not sure of what you need to carry with you and what you should leave behind, you can always seek some advice from those who’ve been there before, or whoever else that can offer such help.  


Since the age of 10, Tim, a writer at Outdoor With J, has enjoyed camping in the great outdoors. Although he loves the peace and quiet of the outdoors, he also likes his creature comforts. Tim’s mission is to make camping a fun and comfortable experience for all.