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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at ICU (Japan) chapter.

Why is camping good for you? The health benefits of camping are plentiful for everyone. When you’re spending time at home in your usual routine, you may not realize just how much you’re missing away from nature.


Camping has a significant number of benefits for everyone old and young that you and your family can enjoy while spending time in the great outdoors:

1. Stress reduction: Leave the overbooked scheduling at home. There’s no need to think of time when you’re camping, and nothing is interrupting you or competing for your attention. The natural outcome of this type of setting is stress reduction and relaxation you cannot find anywhere else.

2. Fresh air: You may not realize how scarce fresh air is in your daily life. When you go camping, you get the great scents of the outdoors, as well as the smell of dinner cooking over an open fire.

3. Relationship building: One of the best and most important aspects of camping is how it helps you build and strengthen relationships. When you go camping with friends or family, you get a chance to talk and visit places with them without distractions.

4. Great food: Food tastes so much better when prepared and eating outdoors. There’s something about cooking food over a campfire; a campsite grill cannot be replicated when you’re eating at home. Plus, nothing beats s’mores made over an open fire. Dream big and plan a great menu before you head out on your next camping trip.

5. Connection with nature: When you’re camping, you get a chance to get in touch with nature, encounter wildlife and see the stars away from the bright lights of the crowded city. There’s nothing quite like it. Make sure you and your family have the chance to connect with nature when you explore the many benefits of camping.

6. Development of new skills: You cannot help but develop new skills while camping. It is a great chance to learn new things. You may learn how to set up tents, tie knots, start fires, cook a fresh meal, and more. These skills are essential, yet we don’t often get a chance to develop them during our regular busy schedules. While the benefits of camping for adults also apply to young people, there are many benefits specific to younger campers.

7. Physical fitness: Time spent camping is physical time. You set up a tent, gather firewood, go for a hike. At home, we often lead sedentary lives that do not promote physical fitness. When you’re camping, you can’t help but engage in physical activity and get your heart rate up.

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Ayaka Kuroki

ICU (Japan) '22

Hi! I am Ayaka and am currently a senior at International Christian University, majoring in sociology. I was born in Japan, grew up in Singapore, Taiwan, and UAE-Dubai. I simply love nature, traveling, eating, and singing.