Article: Your Guide to a Perfect Backyard Camping Adventure Print

Glowing Tent in Backyard


Summer is the perfect time to explore the great outdoors with a camping trip. If you can’t make it to a camp site or spend a lengthy car ride up to the mountains, you can still have an adventure right in your own yard!

A backyard camping trip is the perfect way to spend a summer weekend without packing the car or lengthy planning. Have your kids invite some friends over for a fun sleepover under the stars!

Here’s what you’ll need…



  • Tent
  • Tarp (ground cover)
  • Sleeping bags
  • Pillows
  • Matches (for parents)
  • Firewood
  • Newspaper or other kindling
  • Flashlights
  • Candles (as a campfire option)



  • Cooler with ice
  • Hotdogs, buns and condiments
  • Chips & dips
  • Veggie sticks (celery, cucumber, carrots)
  • Roasting sticks
  • Marshmallows
  • Chocolate
  • Graham crackers
  • Water
  • Re-usable plates and cups


Setting Up: 

  • Look for a flat, rock-free area to lay your tarp down.
  • On the tarp, open up your tent and set it up. Have your older kids help with hammering the stakes into the ground!
  • Take off your shoes before entering the tent to keep it neat inside.


For Your Campfire: 

Does your yard have a fire pit or a place to safely build a fire? Try using your barbecue grill or a camp stove if you’re limited in fire options. If you can’t use those, build a fake fire with a cluster of candle sticks or flashlights beaming up!


via Letters From the Loft


Fun Activities:

Share these classics with your kids for good old fashioned fun!

  • Telephone
  • Simon Says
  • Name That Tune
  • Have a Scavenger Hunt
  • Go on a nature hike through your neighborhood


via CreativeHomeMakers.blogspot


And, of course, don’t forget about fire-roasted hot dogs for dinner and s’mores for dessert!

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