Camping is polarizing.
Maybe it says something about human nature that we all seem to either love or hate returning to our primal roots.
Whether you're too pampered to pitch a tent or you're enthralled by Mother Nature's call, your opinion's valid.
That being said, I'm right, of course: camping is the best. Here's why I love it.
Going camping makes me feel like a kid again — except with grown-up perks. I get to pick where I go, cook what I want to cook and stay as long as I'd like.
It turns out that finding constellations (now with iPads instead of glow-in-the-dark t-shirts), catching fireflies, and cooking s'mores haven't lost their appeal one bit since I was nine.
Now with vintage style making a robust, Instagram-tinted reemergence, camping is more nostalgic than ever. Who doesn't want to spend a weekend in a restored camp trailer like this baby? It's all the fashionable perks of the Golden Age with none of the Mad Men sexism.
It’s freeing and refreshing
I think it may be too much exposure to end-of-the-world movies or something, but I find it weirdly comforting to know that I have — right there with me with me — everything I need to survive in the wilderness. I can go anywhere or do anything, just with the pack on my back and the items in my car.
Once I go off the grid and have nothing more than my surroundings, my companions and a book or two for entertainment, I find I don't miss the daily hubbub one bit. Camping makes me feel a little more human.
It’s whatever I want it to be
Camping has come a long way from a-frame tents and pop-up trailers. Backpacking supplies have become ultralight for maximum comfort, while glamping — glamorous camping — has exploded in popularity for those who aren't as keen to rough it. From marching for miles before setting up camp for the night to sleeping on a real bed in a luxurious Mongolian yurt, you can have whatever kind of experience you want to have.
What are your top reasons for loving camping? There are so many to pick from! Let me know in the comments!