Plan A Backyard Campout
There are many reasons to camp in the comfort of your own backyard. But before you head outside, make sure you have everything you need and consider all the variables to make the most of your experience – especially if you're using your backyard camping experience as a test for little campers.
Why camping in your yard is a good test
If you've never been camping before, you can get a pretty good feel for what it will be like by camping in your own backyard. Practice relying on minimal necessities, enjoying the fresh air and relishing in quality family time without modern-day technologies and household items we typically become dependent on.
Camping in your own backyard is also a good test for little or first-time campers. Michelle Rock decided to test her husband's theory that their two young children could handle a camping trip. "We set up a mock campground in our backyard, complete with all my husband's camping gear and pretended the house was nowhere in sight." But what happened later that night made Michelle happy that they decided to do a trial run. "The baby (seven months old) wasn't able to fall to sleep come nighttime. We kept true to our test, but after five hours of trying to settle him, we decided it wasn't the right time." As a result, Michelle stayed home with her infant while her husband and 4-year-old son happily camped under the stars an hour from home.
Backyard camping can also be planned for a themed birthday party, a play date or as an inexpensive way to enjoy weekend family time.
Set the rules and expectations and plan some fun
Before you set up camp outside, set the rules and expectations for your family and yourself. This is especially important for families with young kids as they may not fully understand why they are sleeping outside or why they cannot run inside to watch TV before bed. Some ways to make your backyard camping experience fun for all:
Tips to make the most of your backyard camping experience
Backyard camping supplies
Use this checklist to make sure you have everything you may need or want to make the most of your backyard camping adventure.
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