3 Reasons to Go Camping This Weekend

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3 Reasons to Go Camping This Weekend

The nice weather in Southern California always has me thinking, “should I book a campsite for the weekend? I could use a night under the stars”. I mean, few things beat going to bed all snuggly in a sleeping bag and waking up with the birds to a new day full of possibilities and the promise of a much deserved hot breakfast.


Maybe you feel the same?


Maybe you need a little bit more convincing? Don’t worry, I have 3 reasons why you should go camping this weekend:


You need to take a break 

Earlier this week, I received a newsletter with the subject line: Are you feeling overwhelmed? My answer, “YES”, and then, of course, I had to quote 10 Things I Hate About You and ask myself, “can you ever just be whelmed?” Funny enough, I was on vacation while I was reading it and my answer was still a big yes. I’m the type to work myself to the bone so I can conquer my to do list. But you know what? Working constantly doesn’t lead to a balanced life. It’s time to take a break. A break from your cubicle, a break from soccer practices, a break from technology.


Shake off that cabin fever

It’s starting to get to you, isn’t it…the rooms seem smaller, you’re tired of looking at the same pile of laundry, and your Netflix queue is pretty much scraping the bottom of the barrel. It’s time to pack up the car and head out of town. Leave cell service behind, set up camp, and tell that cabin fever to hit the road.


You’re a creative person and seeing the same things over and over again may feel like it’s dampening your spirit. Get into the fresh air and step out of your comfort zone (unless you’re extra comfortable outdoors)…this weekend away could be exactly what you need to recharge your system.


Still snowy in your neck of the woods? I have a few tips for beating cabin fever without leaving home.


Things taste better when cooked outside

This may sound silly, but think of the last time you ate a burger from your barbecue versus a burger cooked on your home stove. There’s a giant difference, yes? The same goes for what you cook at your campsite! Maybe there’s magic in the air.


The thought of cooking while camping may make your stomach sink with the thought of sad hot dogs and instant oatmeal, but when you are car camping you can do some fantastic things! Some favorite Campfire Chic camping recipes include:


What other reasons do you have to go camping?
Do you have any camping trips planned for the summer?
What is your favorite part of camping?

Think you can’t go camping because you have kids? Here are some tips for camping with kids and camping with infants.

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  • Adina | Gluten Free Travelette May 8, 2013, 7:56 am

    We’re off to camp on the beach on Lopez Island (in the San Juans) next weekend and I just can’t wait!

    • Kam May 8, 2013, 10:30 pm

      That sounds AWESOME!! I can’t wait to see any photos you decide to share :)

  • Briana May 8, 2013, 9:25 am

    We are planning an overnight trip later this month, before it gets too hot to enjoy the great outdoors! :)

    • Kam May 8, 2013, 10:31 pm

      It’s the worst when it gets too warm, but at least it makes for a fantastic evening, right? Sometimes I wish I could sleep on my front balcony during the warmer months :)

  • Kelly | Freak + Pocky July 25, 2014, 5:57 am

    When your camping essentials are bigger than your husband’s micro machine (a.k.a. Miata), camping trips can be difficult. Until my Outback is back on the road, we’ve been doing the at-home camping thing by cooking on on our patio fire pit. I love how you can have that campfire flavor when you can’t fit a camping trip in!

    We’ll definitely have to try some of your recipes on our fire pit, or next camping trip. :)

    • Kam August 2, 2014, 4:12 pm

      Thankfully, we both have pretty sizeable cars right now. I test drove a Honda Fit earlier this year and was impressed on how much I could fit into the car — but a Miata is a totally different story!


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