It’s summer and my family makes a point to have a backyard camping experience every year. So i thought I would pull together some backyard camping tips and supplies that make it a great adventure.
I know you’re just in the backyard, but we really try to make a point that we’re really camping. We set up the tent, have s’mores and treat the evening like we were in the woods or a park. The only difference is we don’t have to load the car up and we can go inside the house to use the bathroom.
Tent: What’s a backyard camp out without a tent? We made an investment a few years ago and got an 8 person one because we know down the road the kids will want to camp with their friends. Plus it’s a great way to teach your kids how to put up a tent, listen and work together.
Guardian Bug Spray: It doesn’t matter if you’re in the backyard or woods mosquitoes and ticks are out there. I love this spray because it’s Deet free, so I don’t mind putting it on myself or the kids and it really does work. Plus they have 2 different types (Backyard and Wilderness) both get the job done and don’t lease a greasy feeling. Plus the kids love how it smells.
Roasting sticks: It doesn’t matter if you’re doing this over a fire, fire pit, grill or stove top. S’mores are a staple for camping and I love that these sticks keep a safe distance from the fire, and store away easily. They also work great for hotdogs!
Lanterns and/or flashlights: My kids love to have their own flashlights. I like the feel of a lantern. It just makes it feel more authentic. Putting everyone in charge of their own light is a good way to make everyone feel protected and ready for anything.
Camping Sleeping Bag and pillow – Keep this simple, you don’t need to bring the whole bedroom in the tent. This is the perfect way to teach the kids about bringing only what’s needed. This also goes for toys and stuffed animals. I get that they may need their special bunny to sleep and that’s fine, but bring only one.
A backyard camp out is a great family experience. It helps us remember how to set the tent up and gives them a reason to be outside and playing. I also like using this time as a way to talk about safety (camp fires) and noises outside of the tent. This way when you do venture out of the backyard the kids are prepared!
Do you like to camp out in the backyard? What other tips do you have?