One of the hardest things about owning a home is how difficult it can be to get away from. Between work, kids, life and upkeep of the house, it can be a hassle to find time to get away. Don't let that stop you from enjoying the outdoors, though. Even if you don't have time to head to a state park, you can still have a great night camping out without getting too far from the comforts of your own home. Use these tips to plan a great backyard campout for you and your family this summer:
Prepare for the best (and the worst)
Hopefully you'll take the time to check the weather prior to picking a date for your outdoor excursion. Either way, though, you're going to want to make sure that you're ready for the weather, whether it's ideal or inclement. In the case of the latter, you'll want to make sure that you've got a tent set up with a properly secured rain fly. Obviously, if things get really out of hand you can head inside, but it takes away some of the point. If the weather is pleasant, though, you've got an opportunity to add a whole new dimension to your campout by actually sleeping outside. Try setting up a few of our Cantina Hammock Beds for you and your family. If the night is clear, you'll be able to see the stars and feel the wind as you're gently rocked to sleep above the ground.
Lighting the night
It's not a campout without a campfire, plain and simple. Of course, there are quite a few ways to go about making sure your fire is memorable. Believe it or not, campfires provide hours worth of activity. Start your night out by building the fire up to a considerably strong burn, allowing for the creation of a coal bed over time. Let the whole family be involved in constructing the fire, and it can serve as a source of pride once lit. After a few hours, once the fire has burned down a bit and the sky has grown darker, it becomes the perfect venue for ghost stories. The lighter of heart might opt for a sing-along or joke-telling session. Finally, once the fire has burnt down to a coal bed, it's perfect for a late night s'more roasting circle.
Make it authentic
One of the nice things about having a backyard camping trip is that you're very near your home if you need anything. Too frequently, though, this same dynamic can take away from the experience. If you want your campout to be authentic, then you'll want to try and stay outside the entire night if possible. Make it clear to your children early on that the house is going to be an "off-limits" zone for the rest of the evening. Plan outdoor activities that you know they'll like – before long, they'll get lost in the fun of it. Try setting up a game of capture the flag or ghost in the graveyard to really set the tone for an evening spent outside.