Backyard Camping With Kids – Tips and Checklist
Backyard camping with kids is fun for any age. We started pitching a tent for my little one when he was 3. We would pitch a tent for him outside (where we can see him from inside the house). Gave him a table and chair by the tent, some toys and food and he had a blast.
We were occasionally invited over for little play but then would be pushed out again.
Another thing that we do as a family in the summer is overnight backyard camping. This I love as it reminds me of my childhood days. We usually keep it simple. We pitch a tent, get a blanket, a picnic mat and some food. Then we tell stories or watch the night sky. We also play some games. And then play some more games.
If you are thinking of trying out backyard camping with kids, here are some ideas.
- You don’t have to do it as a family. Kids can be left to their own device too. Little ones can camp out during the day and the older ones can do it with friends or even by themselves if they feel brave enough to do it.
- Keep it simple and less stressful. You can, of course, make it as elaborate as possible. But I think the whole purpose of backyard camping is to relax and believe me, the less stressed you are, the more fun the kids will have.
Backyard Camping Checklist
As I’ve previously mentioned, I like to keep it as simple as possible when it comes to backyard camping. I make sure we’ve got a place to sleep, food to eat and lots of fun and that’s about it. If we forget anything, we just run right back to the house.
For the more organized parents, here is a useful backyard camping checklist you might want to refer to.
___ tent and any other accessory you need to pitch the tent.
___ sleeping bags
___ camping mattress (This may seem unnecessary to some. But one time, my husband and I tried camping with the kids in the backyard without one and you can only imagine the shouts of pain from backs that ensued the following morning.)
Some Food Ideas
___ marshmallow, long sticks
___ sweet corn
___ baked beans
___ hot dogs
___ glasses, water jugs
___ plates and cutlery
Campfire Stuff (if doing one)
___ logs and twigs
___ paper towels
___ wet wipes
___ picnic mat
___ bug repellant
___ radio/music/ipod with speakers
___ bug repellant
___ laptop (sometimes, we do both a tent night and movie night combined.. The laptop works for this purpose)
___ trash bags
Some Backyard Camping Food Ideas
I usually just have a drink, sandwich, and some nibbles when backyard camping with the kids. If you want something more elaborate than that, here are some ideas:
Food That You Can Do In The Campfire
- heated baked beans
- hotdogs, burgers
- pita bread
- hot dog
Food Right From The Grocery Aisle
- trail mix
- dried fruit
- crackers and cheese
- spreads : peanut butter, cream cheese
- ball ice cream maker
Don’t forget food for when you wake up in the morning. If you still have the fire, so much the better.
- Milk, chocolate, coffee
- bake beans
- more fruit
Food Prepared Beforehand
- pita breads
Have fun on your backyard camping with kids!