The days of camping holidays without technology to keep your adolescent offspring content are long gone. In an age where the vast majority of us are heavily reliant on TVs, laptops and all different kinds of electronic gaming for entertainment, it was only a matter of time before going away for “a quiet break” in rural surroundings became very different to that of a decade or two ago and caravans and camping embraced technology driven entertainment too.
Whether it’s a caravan holiday in Scotland or camping in the New Forest, the rise in ‘Glamping’ (glamourous camping), with more camping and caravanning sites offering power supplies and even pre-erected tents, yurts and tepees with lighting, heating and power supplies to keep all those gadgets charged
Prepare for the Unpredictable
You may worry that by decking out your tent or caravan with all the latest mod cons you will defeat the objective of taking your family camping and cutting all ties with suburban-city life to spend quality time together. However, the weather in Scotland is unpredictable and it could take a sudden turn for the worst at any given time. All it takes is for the heavens to open and your outdoor activity plans will suddenly become very unappealing and for anyone having to share hours in a caravan or under canvass with a bored teenage you may be glad of the mod cods and modern technology to give you a Plan B.
Board games or playing cards are all well and good, but these can very quickly lose their appeal over a prolonged period of inclement weather. Times have changed and with the heavy reliance on technology being so popular, it’s hard to adapt to life without it, especially for teens, even if it’s just for a few days! If you’ve ever tried to prise a mobile from the hands of a teenager, I’m sure you will sympathise.
There is a time for mountain hikes, riding bikes and other outdoor family activities during the day, providing the weather is kind, but when it’s cold and windy or the evening has turned dark, you will all want to settle down for some family time indoors.
Traditionally, families used to all sit around and watch one television together sharing their viewing experience. Today, with televisions in bedrooms and cable or satellite television providing a great deal of choice for all the members of a family, many watch in isolation and share the experience with their peers, often through social media, rather than with their family members. Watching a television programme or DVD together as a family can bring you closer as you talk about the shared experience together, so just because you are camping do not dismiss a television or DVD as part of your time away during dark evenings and rainy days.
There is, of course, the argument that the whole point of a camping or caravanning holiday in Scotland is to get away from electronic entertainment, mobile phones and televisions. However, the fact is that for most families the children are used to having instant entertainment available at any time and convincing them to give it up even for a week can be a near impossible task. By planning on having some entertainment at least available, you stand a better chance of convinicing them to at least try to enjoy it!
The experience of camping should be a relaxing break; giving you access to clean, fresh, country air and quality family time together. Coming “home” to your caravan after a day outdoors, having a hot shower, warming up some soup and then settling down to watch the TV together in the dry and warm, rather than recalling a holiday of boredom and strained relationships, having been forced to stay inside with nothing to do but stare out of the windows and wait for the weather to clear makes a great deal of sense when caravanning or camping in Scotland.