Camping is a great way to get away from it all. To really unplug and reconnect with nature, you need to go away from civilization. Luckily, you can do this in your own backyard!
Camping in your backyard means going on a nature walk in your property, gathering materials you need for camping, and spending the night outdoors. You can do this at any time of the year, so don’t worry about missing a season!
There are three main ways to camp in your backyard. The first is glamping, or camping luxuriously. This can be done using outdoor furniture and other things you would use indoors. The second is minimalist camping, where you use very little things but still stay comfortable. The third is survival camping, where you strategically gather resources to stay warm and safe.
Buy a tent
You will need a place to sleep, so the first thing you should do is buy a tent. You can either get a free-standing tent, which has its own poles, or a sleeping bag in a shelter.
Free-standing tents are more expensive, but have more features like built-in rain guards and more room. Shelter tents are cheaper and have less features, but are also easier to set up.
Either way, you will want to go to a camping store to help you pick out the best one for you. The staff at the store will be knowledgeable about the best tents for beginner campers like you!
Make sure to ask how easy they are to set up and take down as well as how comfortable they are to sleep in.
Buy sleeping bags and blankets
Once you have the tent, camping gear is the next step. You can either buy them at a store or online, but make sure they are waterproof.
Sleeping bags are very important as they keep you warm at night. If you are going to camp in your backyard, then you will most likely not need a heavy sleeping bag. A medium weight one will do just fine!
Blankets are also needed as they keep you warm while sitting or lying down. Once again, a lightweight one will do the job!
Note: If you are looking to buy cheap ones, check out second hand stores or look for materials that are waterproof. These will work just as well and help out people who need them!
Buying quality camping equipment can be expensive.
Lanterns are a must-have when camping. They provide a lot of brightness compared to sleeping in the dark. They also offer a way to cook and warm up food and yourself.
You can buy traditional lanterns at outdoor stores or online. Or, you can find cheap jars or bottles and cover them with paper, then tie them up with string to make your own!
S’more kits are also easy to use and make for delicious campfire treats. You can buy these at outdoor stores or Amazon as well.
If you are looking to spend a night outdoors in your backyard, do not forget to buy these items so that you are prepared! Make sure to test out your gear before using it for a full night of camping.
These were some helpful tips on how to camp out in your backyard.
Set up a fire pit
Fire is an important part of camping. You can enjoy the outdoors without camping, but you cannot enjoy a campfire without the nature around you. Create your own fire pit in your backyard and spend some time camping there!
To set up a fire pit in your backyard, begin by digging a hole large enough to sit down in. The size of the hole will depend on how big your fire pit will be. Larger fires require larger pits.
Then, dig out some soil underneath the hole so that you have something on which to place the rocks that form the wall of the pit. You will also need to dig out some more soil underneath this platform so that there is enough room for ashes to fall through.
Finally, pile up some rocks along with a flat one at the bottom to prevent burning through and burning anything else. Put in some sand as well to help contain the flames and ashes.
Get some camp cooking gear
If you want to go camping in your backyard, the first thing you need is some gear. You do not need to spend a lot of money, as most things can be found at your local store or online for a decent price.
You will need to get a tent, sleeping bags, blankets, cooking gear, and water carrying equipment. A good start is a two-person tent, one sleeping bag per person, an outdoor blanket per person, acooking pot with lid, and one gallon of water per person per day.
If you are spending the night with a group of friends or your family, then one tent can serve for all of you. You can also divide up the other supplies depending on how many people are in your group.
Camping gear can run the gamut from simple tarps and sleeping pads up to fancy air conditioned cabins on wheels but none of that is necessary to have fun out there.
Make sure you have enough space for camping equipment
While it may be cool to have a camping tent in your backyard, make sure you have enough space to put it.
If you have a large yard, that is easy to do. You can also place it in a corner or on a grassy patch of land. Alternatively, you can also put it in your garden or on the ground if you do not have much land.
If you have a small yard, then just make sure there is enough space for people to walk around and sit on the ground. People tend to get pretty close when they are camping, so making enough room is important.
Make sure to clean out any weeds or debris on the ground before setting up your tent!
To learn more about how to camp out in your backyard, read our article on how to set up a backyard camp site.
Plan your trip schedule
Once you have decided to go camping, the next step is to plan your trip. When you go camping, you typically spend a night or two away from your regular home.
This can be in a backyard campsite or in a campground that is surrounded by nature. For beginners, it is recommended to camp in the backyard until you get the hang of it.
Choosing your trip schedule depends on what time of year you want to go camping and how long you want to camp for. If you want to go camping during winter, then you will need to invest in some good warm sleeping bags and maybe a heater for the tent.
If you would like to camp during summer, then you will need lots of water and sunscreen! Starting early in the season is also recommended so that there is enough time to learn all the tips before it gets too cold or hot outside.
Let the neighbors know about your plans
Before you go camping in your backyard, let your neighbors know that you will be camping in your backyard. Tell them when you will be starting and when you’ll be done, so they don’t call the police.
Let them know that there may be some noise and that you’ll try to keep it to a minimum. Ask if they would like to come by and visit while you are camping in your backyard.
You may think this is a silly suggestion, but people might be worried about what kind of camp site you set up and whether or not it’s safe. By letting them know about the safety precautions you take, they will feel more comfortable.
Also, ask if they would like to come by and bring their pets. You could even offer to watch their pets for them while they’re away. Letting the neighbors know about your camp site will help generate some trust in your neighborhood.