I have been thinking about fun activities to do close to home that do not require planning a vacation, spending extra money, getting out of town, or potentially exposing yourself and loved ones to COVID-19. Backyard camping came to mind! Keep reading for how to do backyard camping during the pandemic (or anytime after the pandemic).
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Are you craving an adventure? Does sticking close to home during the pandemic have you feeling a little cooped up? Or, are you new to camping and want to try out your gear before you get out in the woods?
Earlier this summer, my husband and I did our annual getting our camping gear ready for summer weekend. This entailed pulling out our gear, cleaning it, admiring it, and laughing about previous escapades. The goal of this was to get our gear ready for summer adventures (because it would totally stink to need a rain fly when you are camping out of town to discover the rain fly has a hole). True story – this happened to me in college on a rafting trip. I was SOAKED. Ehhh, fail… You know what they say, you live, and you learn.
While we were preparing for a camping trip earlier this year in the Ozarks, I had set up the tent in our backyard. Then I took out the sleeping bags and set them in the tent to air out. Next thing you know, I am suggesting to Pablo we should camp in the backyard. So, we did! And it was super fun.
Close to all our creature comfort amenities but fresh outdoor feel. We planned an urban campout! Pablo started a fire in our clay chimenea – burned delicious smelling cedarwood purchased from the local grocery store. We had an impromptu date night and we grilled and chilled.
When it was time, we hopped into our backyard tent and dreamed the night away. For some crazy reason, I had a dream there was a Bigfoot in the neighbor’s yard. It’s true! I am obsessed with the Bigfoot mystery.
Allegedly Bigfoots wander the southeast Oklahoma woods, Ozarks, and Arkansas bayous. I hope I see one someday…
The morning was the best part since we had access to our home for morning creature comforts. We made “cowboy coffee” outside, enjoyed the morning, then packed up our gear and went on with the rest of the day. It was a super fun activity to break up the norm, inspiring simple joy. Sounds silly, sounds simple, but it was fun, especially with COVID-19 stranding us to the home front.
If you are interested in camping in your backyard, read more below for how to do backyard camping.
Having an urban campout is easy and convenient! Here’s everything you need to know.
Cowboy coffee is easy to make! Here is how:
This is a super fun camp treat. See photos below.
Serve coffee in your Yeti.
The super cool thing about camping in your backyard is that you do not have to worry about forgetting anything. It can be a laid-back adventure – muy tranquilo. You can also be creative. Worst case, you are going back in the house (if it rains or you forget something).
Here is a basic list of the ten items you need to have an urban campout:
Ahhh, the good life. The simple life. Are you going to try it?
Happy urban camping adventure. Backyard camping is so fun and makes for a silly pandemic fair-weather date night!
Have a marshmallow for us! Mmmmm… marshmallow… on fire…
Ashlee & Pablo
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I’m a travel and outdoor recreation writer with dreams to inspire happiness through an outdoorsy lifestyle. I want to help people live their best life by sharing free adventure guides. The USA has been my backyard most of my life, and it’s the place where you’ll find most of our escapades! I’m married to an expat Argentine, chihuahua Mom, and am passionate about the environment. I hold a BS degree in Biology and MS in Environmental Policy & Sustainability. We camp in our Aliner often, love road trips, hiking, and SUP’ing!