Summer is coming to a close, but there is still time to take advantage of the warm weather by having a camp-out right in your own backyard! Camping in the great outdoors is a quintessential summer activity but not everyone is able to pack up and head to a campground or park. If you find it difficult or impossible to go camping, you may want to consider pitching a tent in the backyard.
Although camping in your backyard may not seem glamorous, it can be a fun adventure. The novel idea of sleeping outside, even if it is close to home, is exciting to children – especially those who are young, have sleeping issues or anxiety about being away from home. There is less to pack and prepare since everything you need will be close by. Backyard camping eliminates the hassle and stress of properly preparing for a camping trip.
Check out the following tips for rocking a memorable backyard camp-out!
First of all, you’ll need to figure out what you are going to sleep on and/or in. You may wish to stick to a tent and sleeping bags if emulating a traditional camping scenario. However, because you are close to home, you may choose to sleep under the stars on a trampoline or in an empty inflatable pool filled with pillows and blankets. You can even string a line between two trees and hang a blanket for a DIY tent. Allow your children to help and get creative with your sleeping situation!
At the center of camping traditions is the food: S’Mores, hot-dogs, popcorn – all the great, tasty foods you can prepare with a simple campfire. However, please make sure there are no fire-bans in your area before lighting up a fire.
Games and Activities.
Camping is all about connecting with the outdoors and each other, so it is important to keep technology far away from your camp-out. Bring along some board games or a deck of cards and teach your children some new games. Grab some squirt guns or bubbles or go on a nature scavenger hunt. Try to have your children stretch their imaginations by finding new, creative and non-technological ways to pass the time.
It’s almost required that once the sun goes down you must grab a flashlight and tell spooky tales. You can have your children take turns telling stories or you can all create a story together by taking turns to contribute.
Camping does not have to be a hectic, well-planned, out-of-town adventure. With some creativity, you can have an exciting camp-out right in your backyard! Being outside is highly beneficial to your children, and spending the night there will help them to disconnect from technology and connect with their family.