New to Camping? Try Camping in Your Backyard First


Camping can be a great way to get outside and enjoy nature. But if you’re new to camping, it might be a good idea to start out by camping in your backyard. You can get used to the basics of camping without dealing with all the challenges that come with camping in a remote location. Plus, you’ll have the convenience of being able to go back inside your home if you need something. Once you’re comfortable with camping, then you can venture out into more remote areas.

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How to Try Backyard Camping

Having an urban campout is easy and convenient! Here’s everything you need to know.

You can sleep under the stars (if it is not buggy). Or, sleep in a tent. Fill the tent with lots of comfortable blankets and pillows.

Start a fire in a city-approved fire pit or chimenea. Plan to roast marshmallows and make s’mores as a fun activity.

Cook a camp dinner outside on a camp stove or grill. Keep it simple and fun!

Watch the sunset. Then watch the fireflies.

In the morning, have coffee and enjoy the sunrise.

What You Need to Camp in Your Backyard

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.

You can also be creative. Worst case, you are going back in the house (if it rains or you forget something).

Backyard Camping Checklist

Here is a basic list of the ten items you need to have an urban campout:

  1. Tent
  2. Sleeping bags or linens to be warm and comfy
  3. Sleeping pad, foam, or blow-up mattress
  4. Flashlights or headlamps
  5. Delicious camp snacks and beverages
  6. A fire pit or chimenea (urban approved)
  7. Firewood (and lighter, of course)
  8. Cowboy coffee ingredients
  9. Camp stove or grill – if you do not have one, just use your inside kitchen. Keep it simple. If you need a camp stove, Amazon can hook you up! Here is a link to our favorite Coleman gas stove.
  10. Camera to document your memories

How to Make Cowboy Coffee

Cowboy coffee is easy to make! Here is how:

  • Boil some water in a container on a camp stove or over a fire.
  • Pour a little bit of ground coffee into a metal container or camp french press.
  • Fill the container or camp french press with the boiling water.
  • Let the mixture sit.
  • Press out the coffee grounds.
  • Serve!

This is a super fun camp treat.

Happy Backyard Camping

Ahhh, the good life. Are you going to try it?

Happy urban camping adventure. Backyard camping is so fun and makes for a cute fair-weather date night.

Ashlee & Pablo

Featured image credit: Inna

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Ashlee Fechino

Ashlee Fechino is an outdoor recreation and travel writer sharing the best-kept secrets that aren’t in your typical guidebook. Her goal is to inspire people to travel with a sense of adventure by sharing hidden gems across the U.S. and beyond. She is married to an expat Argentine, Pablo. They camp in their Aliner often and love wandering the world. Follow their latest adventures on Instagram @thehappinessfxn.


  1. Lisi on March 10, 2021 at 11:15 am

    Sounds fun. I can’t wait for summer, I will try my self-inflatable mattress and sleep in some caves at the mountains ????

    • Ashlee Fechino on March 10, 2021 at 11:43 am

      Hi Lisi! We are excited for summer too. Which mattress did you get? We have the exped megamat duo 10 and LOVE it!

  2. Uncle Burt on December 6, 2020 at 1:35 am

    Sounds like fun !!

    • Ashlee Fechino on December 6, 2020 at 10:15 am

      Hi Uncle Burt – thank you for reading our blog! <3

  3. Burt on December 6, 2020 at 1:35 am

    Sounds like fun !!

  4. Cristina Sala on November 1, 2020 at 7:13 pm

    Maravilloso el camping en el patio trasero. A veces Pablo mandaba fotos de la estufa encendida en el patio y no entendia el motivo. Ahora lo entiendo, Tienen un gran ingenio para el disfrute con las cosas simples.

    • Ashlee Fechino on November 2, 2020 at 11:59 am

      ¡Hola Cristina! ¡Jaja, sí! Pablo es un genio 🙂 Siempre tiene ideas divertidas.

  5. Marcela on October 16, 2020 at 9:58 am

    Que hermosas fotos y que lindo relato! Desde Argentina les mando mis saludos y gracias por compartir estas cosas tan lindas. Me llamo Marcela y soy amiga de Cristina, la mamá de Pablo. Los felicito por el amor que tienen y por el amor a la naturaleza ! Cariños! Marcela

    • Ashlee Fechino on October 16, 2020 at 10:56 am

      ¡Hola Marcela! Gracias por visitarnos y por tus comentarios. ¡Estamos MUY felices de ver amigos de Argentina! Que tengas un hermoso día.