Camping in the great outdoors is one of those quintessential summer activities—but if you prefer to stick closer to home, you can have just as much fun! A backyard camping trip is a family activity everyone will enjoy, so try out a few of the ideas below to ensure your “trip”—albeit a short distance one—is as memorable as possible.
Set up a cozy campsite in your backyard
To make your backyard outing feel like a true camping trip, it’s best to set up your campsite like you would in the woods—use a tent, sleeping bags, and other camping must-haves to create this fun atmosphere.
Pack the necessities—and, of course, some sweets
Your home may be 20 feet away, but you want this to feel like a true back-to-nature experience. For this reason, you’ll want to avoid running back inside for food, drinks, and other necessities. Pack these items (and plenty of plastic silverware!) into a bag and keep them outside for the duration of your trip.
Of course, just because you want a truly authentic camping experience doesn’t mean you have to go without some sweets and goodies—especially chocolate and marshmallows for everyone’s favorite summertime snack, s’mores!
Enjoy time around the fire
Like we just mentioned, no camping trip would be complete without s’mores and other delicious campfire treats. If you have a backyard fire pit, this is the perfect time to put it to use.
Tell spooky stories
If your kids are old enough, have everyone tell or create their own spooky story around the fire. It will add to the thrill of camping and sleeping outdoors.
Look to the skies
Your backyard camping experience is the perfect time for you and your family to look up at the skies and watch the stars for a bit. It’s not something you get to do all the time, so enjoy the chance to disconnect from it all and soak in the view!
Don’t forget to pack enough blankets, pillows and other gear to ensure that your night outdoors is as comfortable as possible. You may be sleeping on the ground, but that doesn’t mean you have to go without a good night’s sleep! You can wake up the next morning refreshed and ready to go.
Backyard camping is a family activity that’s as no-fuss as they come—so pack your night bag, pitch a tent and enjoy!