5 reasons you should go camping
22nd May 2018
As Bewl Water announces the introduction of camping at the reservoir, Charlie Bond reveals why she's a fan of sleeping under the stars
1. It's good for your health
It's no secret that being in the great outdoors is good for your health. Research has found that just a few minutes of walking in nature can reduce depressive symptoms, so imagine what a whole weekend of being surrounded by trees and water rather than cars and computers could do. In a world where we're always so hectic and time-poor, camping gives you the chance to reconnect and embrace your surroundings. Plus, sunlight and oxygen help the body to produce serotonin, the chemical that makes us feel happy,
2. You sleep better
When I'm at home I sleep fairly badly, but when I camp, it's a different story. You'd think an inflatable mattress or creaky camp bed wouldn't make for a good night's sleep, but actually, I find falling asleep easier when camping, and studies have found that sleeping under the stars and waking with the dawn can help the body to 'reset' your circadian clock.
3. You get a break from technology
I'm not saying you should ditch all technology on a camping holiday - after all - a gas cooker to warm the water for your morning coffee is essential - but, if you can, try and break up with your phone for a day or two. Camping gives you the opportunity to really appreciate your surroundings, and faced with the option to charge my phone or plug in a fridge to chill the wine, I know what I'd choose.
4. It's great for bonding
Camping holidays can be a little moreintense than other types of break, mostly for the reason that the space you're sharing with your loved ones is a bit more confined than say, a villa. That said, this is also a good time to get to know everyone better. Camping holidays provide great bonding opportunities, from the classic toasting marshmallows around a fire to playing card games. I'm not saying there aren't rows after an intense game of blackjack, but it's hard to stay angry when you want someone to share the marshmallows
5. You can be (almost) care-free
If you're disorganised, there are many benefits to a camping holiday. Lost your keys? No worries - just undo the zip to the tent and you're back in your room. Can't cook? No problem - everything on a camping holiday is legitimately allowed to be burned, because that's 'authentic'.
Also, if you're one of those people who likes to iron everything before they go on holiday, you can let those dreams of crease-free clothing go - everything WILL be crumpled within an inch of its life, but you won't care because 1) there's nothing you can do about it, and 2) you probably won't have the benefit of a full-length mirror.
I should point out that in the event of losing your keys, the likelihood is you'll probably panic. A bit. Which is totally fine and a normal reaction. Check the last place you had the wine - they're probably there
Bewl Water has released dates available for camping over the summer period, starting from June 15. Prices are from just £12 per adult and £6 per child. www.bewlwater.co.uk