The Stay-at-Home orders many of us are dealing with may have messed up our backpacking and camping plans for this spring. But that doesn't mean we can't still have a camping experience right in our own back yards. Yeah, we know, you'd probably only do that if you have kids. But if you are a mom or dad - and most of us at Hyke & Byke are - backyard camping can turn feeling cooped up into a playful adventure for everyone.
Imagine sleeping under the stars with the kids, without going too far away from home. Wouldn’t that be fun? Plus, it could be a good practice run for when you and your family can actually go outdoors and camp in the wilderness. Think of it like a playful backpacking boot camp.
Whether you're a newbie camper or you've been roughing it for years, camping in the backyard is a blast. You get to immerse yourself and your kids in the outdoors without all the packing, planning and buying (and forgetting) equipment related to traditional camping (plus, having nearby access to a clean bathroom is a pretty big advantage).
So let's get ready to turn some frowns upside down and discover the joy of backyard camping. Don't forget to brush up on your survival skills.
There are a lot of benefits of camping in your own backyard that are sure to convince you to choose this kind of adventure for your family as well.
Less hassle-planning a backyard camping adventure involves a lot less planning and coordination. You don't have to plan weeks in advance and worry about going to the camp or forgetting supplies.
Less prep time - Camping in your backyard is not time-consuming. It takes less time to prepare for your "trip" and get to your campground than to travel to a campground away from home.
Cheaper - As far as family finances are concerned, this is a cheaper option than your usual camping trip, as you do not have to buy all the additional travel supplies because you stay close to your home.
Less intimidating - Your kids will feel more secure being in your neighborhood than the unknown area and wildlife of a strange camping site.
A Great Test for Kids - This type of camping is a wonderful way to test first-time campers.
Setting up a cozy backyard campsite takes some teamwork. Here's how to do it.
One of everyone's favorite parts about camping is getting together and eating around the fire.
If you have a fire pit, it is easy to roast hot dogs, toast marshmallows, and even cook meats and vegetables in foil.
If you do not have a fire pit, a small coal grill will work. You can even make pocket pies over the coals anytime tummies begin to grumble.
You do not need a campfire to eat like a camper, of course. You can pack sandwiches, trail mix, juice boxes, and desserts in your cooler to grab when you're ready.
Sometimes some of the most fascinating things in life are hidden in plain sight. Here are some activities you and the little ones can enjoy right around your home.
Make sure your backyard camping adventure feels like a real campout by putting in enough effort preparing so that you won't need to dash back inside the house every few minutes. Bring out everything you need to sleep overnight, such as a tent, sleeping bags, flashlights, books, stuffed animals, pillows, games, bug spray, charcoal, and a cooler packed with drinks and snacks.
Once you've got all your essentials, make a pact that everyone should go inside for bathroom breaks only. Most importantly, keep your electronics inside (unless you're using something for a social activity).
Spending quality time with your kids is important for so many reasons. Especially when the times get tough, putting in a little effort to delight the little ones (or heck, even yourself) with an unexpected silly back-yard adventure could be just what you all need to break up the doldrums.
With some proper planning, parents can ensure that they provide children with a fun-filled experience. When planning an amazing family bonding time, nothing can come close to the endless fun that children have when camping outdoors.
this is absolutely a fabulous idea! thanks
I have been retired. 16 years my wife and I have a nice class C Motorhome. Last Dec wintering in the gulf we learned she had stage 4 pancreas cancer. We returned home to get treatments. I have approx. 7 acres in the country with some small woods. I purchased one of your tents to Buchcraft. Working on setting up a small camp area to try it. But staying close by her. Love the reviews of you products on youtube
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April 13, 2020
Sounds like fun- my wife isn’t a camper so I plan to do it by myself.