Now that we're halfway through August, the end of summer is regrettably, painfully in sight. That's why it's in everyone's best interest to go outside, literally this second, and soak up every minute of nice weather left before the seasons really begin to shift to cold.
Camping is a phenomenal way to get away from the craziness of everyday life and appreciate a slower pace out in nature. Don't worry about being uncomfortable, or hot, or getting bug bites — from roughing it to glamping (glamour camping), there's a level of camping for everyone. It just depends on how much stuff you want to lug with you.
Here are 10 reasons to get out into the wild while you still can:
1. Appreciating nature
It's easy to forget how beautiful the natural environments around us are, especially if you live in a big city. Camping lets you reconnect with nature and enjoy the peace it provides.
2. Escaping the grid
Turn your phone off. Leave your iPad at home. Don't bring any electronics and take a deep breath. It's actually pretty great.
Camping is a super-easy way to get exercise while also doing something far more interesting than running in place on a treadmill, or picking heavy things up and putting them back down at the gym. Hiking always goes hand in hand with camping, so pick a good trail, do it at your own pace and enjoy how sore it'll make you once you get back to the campsite for a meal.
When's the last time you heard ... nothing? Like, actually zero noise? The feeling of being out in the middle of nowhere with only the chirps of crickets and the crackle of your campfire is incredibly soothing.
5. It's cheap
Booking a campsite is way, way cheaper than any hotel or Airbnb, especially if you take some time off and go during the week. It's a rewarding vacation without spending much at all.
6. Different food
Cooking over a fire will push you to cook different food than you would normally eat. There's no takeout, no appliances, nothing. Get creative.
7. Good conversation
Being away from the bustle allows you to connect a lot quicker with people. Just by having alone time with friends, family or any loved ones, you're able to get to a real, meaningful conversation immediately.
8. The stars
Ever really seen them before? Not if you live in a city. You'll be shocked at how many you can see in the absence of light pollution.
9. Learning new skills
Whether it's fishing, pitching a tent, building a fire from scratch or anything else, camping allows you to learn how to do new things. That's never bad.
10. Getting refreshed
Going camping for a few days is the perfect way to get refreshed and ready to jump back into the grind. Vacations can be super stressful, but with camping, you're free to do what you want without much interference, and when you're done you just pack up and go straight home.