If you’re like me, you’ve spent more time than you’d care to admit trying to find the perfect campsite. But what if I told you there’s a way to camp without dealing with bugs and dirt? It’s true! Camping can be done in your backyard—and it’s pretty easy. Here are some tips for bringing the great outdoors into your own home:
Make it a family affair.
Going camping with your kids is an excellent way to escape the busy routine of daily life. It offers a unique opportunity to bond with your children amidst nature. If your kids are old enough to pitch a tent, prepare meals, and help with outdoor chores, it can be an even more rewarding experience. They’ll also learn skills that will come in handy later on in life–skills like how to pitch a tent or cook over an open fire–and make new friends along the way! You won’t need as much survival gear.
Go with a group.
- You can share the cost of the trip, and you’ll also have someone to help cook and clean up after dinner. If you’re going with friends or family, this is an even better reason to go camping together!
- If you work at an office where everyone is interested in outdoor adventures, consider asking if anyone else wants to join in on your backyard adventure. It might be fun for everyone involved!
Remember the marshmallows.
You can only have a campout with them! Make sure to take advantage of this important part of your backyard adventure. It’s best to roast them over an open flame, but if you don’t have one handy, you can use a grill or even an oven set at low heat (around 300 degrees). Keep an eye on it so they don’t burn while you’re busy doing other things.
If using an oven, spread marshmallows in a single layer on aluminum foil and bake until golden brown–about 3 minutes for large marshmallows and 5 minutes for mini ones (these will burn more quickly). Once they’re done, remove them from heat immediately so they don’t become brittle before assembling your sandwiches with chocolate bars and graham crackers between two halves of each hot-from-the-oven sweet treat!
Enjoy nature all year long.
If you want to enjoy nature in the winter, consider getting a bird feeder. You can find one at your local hardware store or make one from an old jar and string. If you have kids, they’ll love watching the different birds that come by their new feeding station!
Planting a garden is another excellent way to get outside during cold weather. It’s also remarkable because it gives kids (and adults) something productive and creative to do–they’ll love digging up the dirt and planting seeds together as they explore nature’s wonders firsthand!
Get your hands dirty.
Camping is a great way to get your hands dirty. There’s something about building a campfire, making a tent, and hanging it between two trees that feels right. If you’re looking for something simple and fun, try these ideas:
- Build your campfire. It’s so easy! Just gather some fuel (wood), light it up, and enjoy the warmth while cooking s’mores or roasting hot dogs over the flames!
- Make a shelter using sheets, clothespins (or rope if no trees are nearby). You can also use tarps instead of sheets if there are no clothespins available in your area; however, this method is less sturdy than using both types together as tarp shelters tend not last as long before getting torn apart by strong winds or rain storms during storms like hurricanes.
Your backyard is an adventure waiting to happen, even if you’re not a camper!
If you’ve never camped, your backyard might seem like an unlikely place for an adventure. But it’s a great place to get started!
Why? Because it’s easy and inexpensive, and you can do it any time of year even if you don’t have the gear yet. This is especially true if you live in a climate that rarely dips below freezing or above 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 Celsius).
The great thing about camping is that it’s for more than just campers. You don’t need a tent or sleeping bag to enjoy the outdoors; all you need is creativity and willingness to get dirty! So whether you’re camping in your backyard or at a campsite nearby, these five tips will help ensure your next trip is unforgettable.