This weekend is the Great American Backyard Campout, but with the heat and humidity we may not actually do any backyard camping. If we are actually home we will put up a tent for play or bring it inside for a great humidity-free camping adventure. We did put up two different tents in our backyard but only for a day or two so we didn’t kill the grass. I actually moved the smaller play tent around everyday so the grass underneath wouldn’t be flattened and die.
I have to admit hubby and I did not grow up camping so this whole idea can be a little scary and stressful. I’ve researched for the last 6 years about camping and took the plunge 3 years ago. We went with a church group and borrowed a tent. It turned out to be terrible, but that’s a story for another time. Let’s just say a 13 month old, 2 inches of rain and a tornado! So I have very good reason to make a case for backyard camping:)
Reasons why Backyard Camping is a GOOD idea:
1. Children get a feel for camping without being far from home. If your children are city slickers like mine then the sounds of the forest could freak them out! We have birds and creatures in our neighborhood which gets them used to unusual noises.
2. Planning for the needs of babies and toddler is tricky. If you are new to camping then staying in your backyard will help with creating your ultimate camping checklist. You will soon realize how many diapers, wipes, and comforts of home you really need.
3. Your children might freak out be being in a tent or be completely thrilled! I think Big Red can be put in the THRILLED category! Watch below to see his first tent experience. We have a fold-out Spiderman couch that is super light but very comfortable for little ones to sit or lay on.
4. Backyard Camping gives Mom and Dad a chance to brush up on our campfire cooking skills. Roasting hotdogs and marshmallows on a stick may be easy and fun but can also get old pretty quick. We bought a cast iron cooking set to add to our outdoor cookware collection.