Wild camping might not be your first thought when it comes to self-care and beating stress. But modern life is draining, and sometimes we need to check in on our basic needs and focus back on the body and mind — easier said than done when you can’t escape from social media notifications and work emails. Sleeping outdoors can put you back in touch with nature, and offer you the headspace you need to refocus.
Wild camping, also called free, freedom, or dry camping involves finding somewhere that isn’t an official campsite, and sleeping there without leaving a trace. While you do need to make sure you’re doing it safely and legally, you’re able to choose exactly where you want to sleep: as close or far from home as you feel comfortable. From the effort you expend to get to your campsite to the joy of completing a challenge, you’ll experience all sorts of proven stress-busting techniques in just one night away from home. Here are a few reasons why wild camping is the ultimate de-stressor.