Living Expense Lessons Learned While Camping

We are wrapping up spring break with the kids this week and we have had a blast.  Our favorite thing was camping for three nights at a nearby state park. While my husband and I thought that this would just be something different for us to do, it ended up being more for all of us.

I have three kids ages 13, 11, and 8. At these ages, we sometimes still struggle with the understanding and appreciating the value of things and how hard their parents work to provide for them. While we try to instill in them to have respect for their things, we also try to remind them they are just things and if we had to ever leave our things it would be ok as long as we were all together.

So, we pack up our car with the necessities: air mattresses (of course!), blankets, food, and cookware.  Each child was responsible for cooking a meal; oh and NO ELECTRONIC DEVICES!

We biked and hiked nature trails, we played cards, we played volleyball, flashlight tag, told campfire stories and spotted all kinds of wildlife.  We had some great family time together laughing, fighting, and realizing we are all we need. We even made a new friend. We met a nearby camper named Bob, from Canada.  Bob was traveling through Texas on his way back home and had been camping there for a week (in his one-man tent.) Bob’s travels and nomad lifestyle for a few months got the kids talking. They recognized how simple life could be if you let it and simple living can allow for fun adventures.

Here are the top things the kids recognized from our trip:

  1. You can fit a family of five’s necessities in one car, ok it was two cars, lol.
  2. They can cook a meal and eat well using just fire.
  3. There is so much in nature to entertain us.
  4. Bugs are actually ok to be around (my middle HATES bugs).
  5. Waking up at the crack of dawn because of the birds singing is kind of nice.
  6. It’s actually ok if you don’t shower every day.
  7. You could live off the grid, like Bob, and still be happy!
  8. Electronic devices are nice but we don’t NEED them.
  9. We can leave our things behind if we needed to.
  10. Simple living is good from time to time and can save you so much money. We actually estimated that Bob probably was living on less than $600 a month on his adventure!

As we were leaving the campgrounds, my youngest asked when can we go camping again! That’s when I knew our time there was well worth it. Try it, take your family camping and show them how to live simple. Give them the confidence to get back to basics should they ever need.