Life Lessons I Learned From Camping

I love camping! Growing up, both of my parents were teachers so we spent most of the summer months traveling as a family in our camper. All of my best memories from growing up took place on a camping trip. 

I didn’t realize it at the time but all of those camping trips provided a foundation for how I would live my life as a grown-up.


Lessons I Learned

Time Spent In Nature Is Therapeutic 

Whether you are hiking, admiring the wildlife, or taking in the scenery, spending time in nature is therapeutic. It allows you to be in the present and feel grateful. Nature has a way of grounding you and allowing you to see the insignificance of the troubles and worries that may overwhelm you at home. I try to get out in nature as much as possible, even if it is just being in my backyard.

Find Time To Just Be

While camping, there are many times you may find yourself just sitting by a fire or sitting at an overlook enjoying the views. There is no rush to be anywhere and no distractions. It is peaceful. You can incorporate this feeling into your life by limiting your commitments and setting aside time to do nothing. Every day I sit and enjoy a cup of vanilla chai without doing anything else.

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Pack Lightly

When camping, you pack the essentials. You plan your meals. You opt for multi use equipment instead of fancy gadgets. You focus on comfort rather than style. You simplify your beauty routine. You find things that are durable and you skip packing anything that doesn’t serve a purpose. Even though at home you aren’t physically packing your belongings in and out of your home all the time, the lighter you keep your belongings the less load you will have to carry emotionally and mentally. 

Treat Everyone Like A Neighbor

You may have heard people say before that campers are the nicest people. I have to agree. I don’t remember a single camping trip where I didn’t meet happy campers. I love all the friendly “hello’s” as you’re walking through the campground, and I love how helpful everyone is.

Several years ago, on the first camping trip with our pop-up, my husband and I arrived when it was already dark. As soon as we started to unhitch, we realized that we had forgotten to bring something to place under our jacks. Before we could even begin to brainstorm about what we should do, our neighbors on either side of our site were out with their flashlights and pieces of wood to help.

I strive to treat everyone I encounter with my happy camper attitude. 

Go With The Flow

From bad weather to a less than ideal site, you never know what obstacles you might encounter while camping. Since you may only have a short trip planned, you make the best of these hiccups. This idea of going with the flow allows you to have an enjoyable trip despite these mishaps. When you apply this idea to your life, you can avoid getting caught at a roadblock when life throws you a setback, and instead, you can pivot and keep going.


Published by Suzanne- Happily Decluttered

Hi!! My name is Suzanne and I live in central PA with my husband and three girls. I love camping, gardening, spending time with my family, and decluttering!

23 thoughts on “Life Lessons I Learned From Camping

  1. Mamalava – Daughter of the King of Kings - I love because He first loved me. (1 John 4:19) * Wife of One * Mother of Five * Mima to Three * and Mamalava to Several.
    Mamalava says:

    Love this and your Happy Camper attitude! 😉

  2. Sheila “Spiral Sister” Murrey – Florida – I'm the author of the book, "Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life”, as well as two blogs. I write about holistic health and wellness, and spiritual topics. My intention is to share what I have learned and integrated into my daily life to help uplift and lighten others. Everyone can live a balanced, soul-aligned, and wholly vibrant life! I am all about Holism (think wholesome and holistic health). I'm into Breathwork (having naturally healed the body in inhabit of asthma in 2005 and healed various other ailments with Pranayama). I am into Meditation and Personal Awakening & Transformation. I believe Social Change will come about the more we embrace the mantra, We Are All Connected, and work actively to Connect with others one-by-one. I am a vibrant spiritual being living a Soul-connected earthly experience. My mantras: Align with Spirit in ALL ways. Go with your "God bumps" flow to FEEL your Soul-alignment ALL the time. We Are All Connected. Everything Resolves to Gratitude. Life's an Art. So, I do the following and encourage others to: Study at your Passion. Gather knowledge. Pray. Meditate. When upset, breathe from heart-center and embrace Balance. Always balancing. Always integrating. Then, Take It Upon Yourself to walk your talk, practice what you preach, and integrate all you learn into your day-to-day, so you joyfully express Omni-everything! Life's an ADVENTURE! Now, go have FUN! Disclaimer: I'm an Information Technology professional (of 30+ years). Most of my work deals with data and documentation management on large-scale relational database application software and systems. I've been working remote, from home, for nearly 5 years. I am NOT a doctor or health practitioner, though I confer with natural and holistic health professionals as a writer and emcee at health festivals and events. I encourage folks to FIRST seek natural and holistic health remedies when they begin to notice any irregularity in their mind or body. I believe multiple opinions offer us the most hope and support when challenged with any health issue. I support you in your quest to find holistic, alternative, licensed, professional health and wellness providers. I am a meditator, eat (and fast) on a mostly plant-based diet, more tree hugger than consumer, advocate of simple and minimalist living, and grandmother of three fantastic granddaughters (who live far from me, but with whom I video chat with weekly and visit in person whenever possible). Prior to 8/2021 my husband and I lived in an RV full-time for 11 years, the last 17 months of which, were Off-Grid. To our better health! Amen. Namaste. OM
    Sheila “Spiral Sister” Murrey says:

    This has certainly proved true in our 11 years of full-timing! ❤️🦋🌀〰️

    1. 😀😀 That would be a lot of fun! I would love to take a year off at some point and just travel around camping!

  3. Heidi – Hello! My name is Heidi! I am a Christian who believes that everyone should have the opportunity to hear the Gospel. Some of my hobbies include camping, gymnastics, animals, art, rock climbing, and blogging. I have an 9-year-old labradoodle named Silas and 2 3-year-old cats named Puffin and Smudge. You can learn more about me and my blog on my about page on heidilane1.wordpress.com. Thanks for stopping by!
    Heidi says:

    These are all so true! And camping is so fun! I love it!

    1. I’m glad you can relate! 😀

  4. Michelle (Boomer Eco Crusader) – Canada – Hi there! I’m Michelle and I live in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. I am married with two young adult daughters. I’m a big fan of reducing waste, using less plastic, decluttering and simplifying life as much as possible.
    Michelle (Boomer Eco Crusader) says:

    I’ve never embraced camping, although I do enjoy a good campfire. My parents had a trailer for a few years. That kind of camping I could do, but definitely not tenting!

    1. Sitting by a campfire is very relaxing! 😀

    1. I’m glad you liked my post!

  5. Amorina Rose – Australia – Lover of books and writing, and appreciative of all the arts. On a discovery mission to find beautiful things and they are everywhere
    Amorina Rose says:

    Some good lessons there.

  6. Narayan Kaudinya – Hi, I am Narayan Kaudinya. And i welcome you on this journey, the Road to Nara ! I am an Ethnographer and a practicing Indologist. I did my masters in History and further learnt Sanskrit, Yoga and Nerve-therapy. At 24, pushing most academic sounding, office sitting works away, i felt compelled to know and understand the world and my country, Bharat/India. I travelled, and as it happened i took up teaching in Kashmir and further up in the remote villages of Baltistan in the foothills of Karakoram Ranges. For around three years and many states later there came a time when i felt that it was only while teaching i learnt how to laugh, to see, feel, breathe, love and cry -with children, and mostly resource-less parents in the harshest-freezing border conditions. I write, and work as a documentary photographer and Filmmaker, with numerous published, exhibited and some awarded stories. In my travels and life i have let nature lead me, the divine mother, and as a Yogin, my resolve here is to share my experiences and thoughts as honestly, and through them to blossom in everyone the power and possibility in pursuing your breath, that you seek your true nature with courage and curiosity. Here, on this road i will share my spirit, my love for nature, the elements of life that are us. And in doing so, i'll be happy to see you along.
    Narayan Kaudinya says:

    short, truthful and crisp. In the nights after camping- world becomes a little light in the mornings.
    Thanks

    Nara x

    1. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment!

  7. Great post, love that you take time to have a chai and do nothing else, sounds perfect 😀

    1. It is pretty nice! 🙂☕️

    1. Thanks for reading! I’m happy to hear you enjoyed it.😁

  8. Jas krish – We are Jas and krish from the beautiful country India. Krish has more than 30 years experience in leadership position and Human Resource Management and led large teams comprising personnel from diverse fields and backgrounds. Decision making and motivational skills, the bane of many a modern leaders, are my forte. Jas has been in leadership position in the field of Education for more than 25 years and worked extensively for spreading education in rural areas of North India. We believe that Life is beyond routine and every new day comes packed with opportunities. We are here to share our life experiences both personal and professional, and gain from others. We passionately follow our interest of travelling and thus far travelled through the length and breath of our beautiful country and few locations abroad.;. Happiness is what we seek and wish to share.
    Jas krish says:

    Travelling gives one of the most pratical lessons of life..
    Stay blessed always
    🙏🌹🙏

    1. So true! Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts. 🙂

      1. Jas krish – We are Jas and krish from the beautiful country India. Krish has more than 30 years experience in leadership position and Human Resource Management and led large teams comprising personnel from diverse fields and backgrounds. Decision making and motivational skills, the bane of many a modern leaders, are my forte. Jas has been in leadership position in the field of Education for more than 25 years and worked extensively for spreading education in rural areas of North India. We believe that Life is beyond routine and every new day comes packed with opportunities. We are here to share our life experiences both personal and professional, and gain from others. We passionately follow our interest of travelling and thus far travelled through the length and breath of our beautiful country and few locations abroad.;. Happiness is what we seek and wish to share.
        Jas krish says:

        🙏🌹🙏

  9. Stuart Danker – Malaysia – A Malaysian-based writer who's been in the no-niche niche for at least a decade. His debut novel, Tinhead City KL was published in April 2021. www.stuartdanker.com
    Stuart Danker says:

    I don’t camp much, but boy do I know the importance of packing lightly. Sometimes we pack stuff we need ‘just in case’, but all that does is clutter up your backpack—and life. Anyway, thanks for this post!

    1. Thanks for reading! I’m glad you enjoyed it. I wrote a whole post about ‘just in case’ clutter. 😁 A life with only the essentials and the things that make me the happiest is all I need. Clearing out all the excess was the best thing I ever did.

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