Camping might not be the ideal vacation for everyone, but it can be a much more satisfying one than relaxing on a resort. It’s both incredibly humbling and thrilling to be self-sufficient in the middle of nature, and it’s an experience everyone should have at least once in their lives. If you’re thinking about going camping but have heard one too many horror stories, read on to finally debunk the top five myths about camping. The truth may surprise you, but at the end of the day? Don’t knock it ‘til you try it. Now pack up the car and let’s get this show on the road!
1. Myth: You Have to Sleep on the Ground
Sleeping on the ground is definitely not a prerequisite for camping, and it doesn’t make you any less of a camper to want some back support. No matter what kind of camping you’re doing, there’s ways to make it more comfortable. From air mattresses to portable cots, and even foam pads that roll up into practically nothing, camping doesn’t have to be uncomfortable and can be almost luxurious if you have a trailer.
2. Truth: You Experience the Great Outdoors
There’s nothing quite like waking up the sound of birds chirping, sitting around a campfire gazing up at the stars, or breathing the fresh, smog-free air of the woods. Experiencing the great outdoors is just as refreshing and revitalizing as they say, and it’s definitely worth your time to try it.
3. Myth: There’s no Bathrooms
While there aren’t bathrooms if you’re camping in the middle of nowhere, but most established campgrounds have perfectly functional bathrooms including flushable toilets and hot showers. If you’ve never been camping before, work up to the hard-core camping trip with no bathrooms by going to a campground a few times first; having creature comforts like a bathroom will make it that much more enjoyable for you.
4. Truth: It’s a Cheap Vacation
You don’t need to whisk the family to Disney or a luxury hotel to have a great vacation; kids generally love camping, and it will save you a bundle. All you need are your camping supplies, food, and the right attitude to have a fantastic time with Mother Nature herself.
5. Myth: Camping is Only for Summer
Fall and winter camping is a real thing, and they’re not as scary or cold as they sound. In fact, it’s a way to experience camping in an entirely new way. Plus, if you’re snug as a bug in your Cub Campers trailer, you have the luxury of camping anywhere and anytime you want.
Get out there and enjoy the big, beautiful natural world! It’s a gift that anyone, of any age can enjoy. Happy camping!