If you have little ones or just can’t make it to the campground every weekend, then camping in your backyard could be a great try out the idea of camping with your children and see what you really will need when you go camping at a destination.
Just because you are camping in your backyard doesn’t mean it can’t feel like “real” camping. Prepare for the night out like you would a camping destination trip, considering everything you might need for the time you plan to spend camping.
Set up the camping gear – tent, sleeping bags, campfire, etc. – in your backyard and plan out meals. Enjoy S’mores and plan activities that don’t include cell phones, TV or computers! It could be something like taking a walk around the neighborhood or at a nearby park, catching fireflies, or just telling stories around the campfire. Enjoy each others company and being outside.
There are endless camping recipes, but when it comes to making your shopping list, plan something that is easy and that everyone will eat and enjoy. Hot dogs and S’mores are easy on camping trips, but if you want to get creative you can try out something like grilled pizza or campfire cones! Include snacks like trail mix, fruit and vegetables.
Some essential items you don’t want to overlook include and an outdoor tarp and tent, sleeping bags, kitchen camping gear and utensils, flashlights, batteries, sunscreen, insect repellent, food and snacks, water, clothing, and hygiene essentials. You also should consider an umbrella to provide shade, a fire pit, books or outdoor games and toys, pillows and warm clothing if necessary.
The main thing to remember is to have fun and make the experience your own. Once you have the backyard camping trip planned, then just relax and enjoy spending time outside with your family. It’ll be something everyone remembers!