How to Plan an Awesome Backyard Camping “trip”!
If you love to camp, but don’t have the time to leave home or the money to gather all the supplies and gas to get there, you should stay at home and camp out in your own back yard!
Not only will you not have to worry about wild animals getting into your food or fees at the campground, but you can have indoor plumbing and a shower when you need one.
To make it as authentic as possible, try these fun ideas to have a fun getaway without going anywhere with your family this summer. Your kids are sure to love it and have an awesome time!
Backyard Camping with Kids Ideas
1. First things first. Make sure you get all the gear out. Set up a tent, dust off the sleeping bags and get out the flashlights.
2. Make a pact to not go in the house unless it is to use the bathroom. If you feel more like you are “roughing it” it will make the experience more authentic.
3. Pack a cooler with the usual things you would eat camping: drinks, snacks, hotdogs etc. This is your refrigerator for the time of the backyard campout. Just like if you were leaving home, make sure you don’t forget anything. Remember, you can’t go back inside unless it is to use the bathroom!
4. Plan meals around what you would normally cook when camping using easy recipes. Things like hotdogs can be cooked over a small tabletop grill on sticks, just like if you were out in the woods. Plan to make the camping classic: S’mores!
5. Plan to play some fun camping games. This is especially good because it will keep little ones busy and make them forget they are home. The backyard will become an adventure! A great place to find some games to play is this list.
6. If you have older kids, tell ghost stories and make a small “campfire” in a tabletop grill, or if you are lucky enough to have a fire-pit use that. Make sure to check with local authorities on the rules regarding this so your campout doesn’t get shut down by the fire department.
7. Make sure to set up an outdoor trash bin to keep your campsite clean. This will also minimize trips inside and make it easy to clean up when it’s time to “go home”.
8. It is important to remember that there are critters in your backyard so pack some bug spray and sunscreen to protect everyone.
9. Since you are camping, try to go technology free as you would if you were in the woods. No Ipads, phones, laptops etc. Encourage everyone to have fun as a family without distractions.
10. Just like on a real camping trip, make sure you pack your camera so you can capture those memories!