by Christina Nellemann for USA TODAY 10Best

10 reasons why you should go on a camping trip

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Sometimes there's nothing better than sitting around a fire and roasting marshmallows. If you still need more convincing, here are 10 reasons you should head into the wilderness – or the local campground.

1. You get (much) closer to nature

Campgrounds in national and state parks and national forests are about as close as you can get to some of the most beautiful places on earth.

2. You get far away from technology

Most campgrounds don't have Wi-Fi or even a cell signal, so you and your children can leave the tech at home and get up close and personal with Mother Nature.

3. You realize how little you can live with

You can go big and camp in a 45-foot fifth wheel, or you can keep it simple with a two-person tent.

4. Food tastes much better in the outdoors

Ribs, hamburgers, corn on the cob, Jiffy Pop and roasted marshmallows – typical camping food is some of the best-tasting food and it tastes even better in the fresh air.

5. Camping is affordable

Keep it even cheaper by staying away from private campgrounds and heading into publicly-owned national forest lands.

6. It's a chance to explore your own backyard

Learn more about where you live by camping close to home and maybe even attending a ranger talk or visiting the park's museum. Hike local trails and be home before Sunday evening.

7. It's a time to feel small and insignificant

Take along a star chart for your part of the world or an app like Star Walk and delve into the mysteries of the universe.

8. You could get scared out of your long underwear

A group camping trip is not complete without some scary storytelling.

9. You can really be alone

Whether you want to practice survival or just have some time to yourself, backpacking on- or off-trail will take you places many people will never see.

10. Your friends will be inspired

Post a few photos of your camping trip to Grand Teton, Moab or the Great Smoky Mountains, and many people will wish they had gone camping, too.

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