Top 5 Tech-free camping tips
In our digital age, enticing the entire family to go bush for a weekend is not as easy as it seems. The struggle is real and many parents are at a loss, wondering how to entice their offspring to go camping.
We’ve done all the hard work for you to give you a list of tried-and-tested tips to enjoy quality time with the family without any grumbling or complaining and should help the digital generation survive for more than 24 hours.
1. Games Galore
Now is the time to pull out the board games, card games and every other game you haven’t played for years. They’re fun, some are educational and you can play as many or few games as you like. Bring along colouring books and pencils for the younger ones.
Here’s a list of popular card games:
- Monopoly Deal
- Dutch Blitz
- Phase 10
And some board games:
- Game of Life
2. Outdoor Activities
Plan a couple of outdoor activities, such as hiking, swimming or bike riding, to give the kids something to look forward and to keep them busy. Bring a soccer ball, a footy, a couple of badminton rackets, a kite and get involved. Having plenty to do takes their minds off technology and helps them enjoy whatever they’re doing. It’s great for building family relationships too.
Many places allow you to have a campfire under the stars, which is guaranteed to create a cosy atmosphere. Make sure you bring plenty of marshmallows or use the camp oven to cook up a storm. Evenings around the campfire are the best way to create treasured memories for everyone, including your tech-addicted teens.
Going camping with another family can be a big drawcard for teens especially when it means their best friend(s) will be part of the weekend. Peer relationships are important for adolescents and it could result in them having an actual conversation instead of texting each other.
In our connected world, most adults and kids are constantly on the go while checking their Facebook, Instagram and every other social media account every couple of minutes. We’ve lost the art of relaxing and are living in an environment of stress and anxiety. Learning to simply be and take in the world around you while connecting meaningfully with the people around you has incredible benefits.
Start planning that weekend away and talk to your kids about your plan to spend time together without the gadgets and devices. Explain to them the reasons for going tech-free and your desire to get to know them and do things as a family. You never know, it might just turn into a family tradition.