What to Take on a Camping Trip – The Fun Backyard Camping Ideas!
Summer is in the air!
With school out, and summer holidays around the corner, everyone knows what that means!
The juices of those DIY outdoor party ideas start flowing and begin to be put to the test.
How exciting! The backyard parties are about to be in full swing!
Looking back, I can still smell the barbeque grill sizzling, and smelling the roasting all of those delicious foods just waiting to be devoured. I can hear the family bursting with laughter in the backyard, and watching the kids play in the old garden sprinkler and getting covered with grass clippings from a freshly mowed lawn.
Sleeping bags and lawn chairs are lined up in rows, and the big movie screen sits, staring at the crowd, patiently waiting to bring forth more excitement to our backyard.
I can also remember the sound of the wood, crackle in the roaring fire, and it always brings back warm, wonderful memories of past times with family and friends.
Now, once again, it’s time to plan that backyard camping trip, and put all those fun backyard camping ideas in to action!
When’s a good time?
My family and I just love planning our outdoor events, especially when there’s a holiday. We can invite family and friends that are close by.
If you want a more private, small backyard camping event with just you; your spouse and kids, camping in the backyard could be anytime! Weekends, for the most part, are the best because you have more time to relax and enjoy the fun, and you don’t really have to worry about whether or not you’ve forgotten this or that!
You need to keep check on the weather until you see a clear pattern of no rain, heavy wind or coldness. Remember, the kids will want to sleep outdoors. After all, that’s the whole idea of having this activity planned!
Once you have the “when” figured out, it’s time to kick it into high gear – giving everyone a job and checking off those lists!
Here’s how we do it…
Typically, as a family, we get together and decide what each person will do to make our backyard camping successful.
Usually, being the mom, I take charge of all the food ideas; make the list and do most of the preparing. I always try to think about foods that work nicely when going on a real camping trip – away from home. I try to keep it as real as I can, because it makes the actual planning more fun, as well as the event!!
My oldest son, who happens to be a grown adult with children of his own, takes care of getting our outdoor movie theater set up for when everyone nestles into their sleeping bags. He plans ahead, making sure where all the extension cords will go for all the electronics, and sets up the big movie screen. Your movie screen can be just about anything. It can be the side of your house, an old shower curtain, or you can purchase an actual movie screen ahead of time.
My son also takes care of all the grill needs – making sure the grill is clean, and getting the foil, gas and charcoal if needed, while my daughter in-law, who likes to bake, typically bakes us something sweet for dessert and helps prepare the simple sides we need to go with our main meal.
My daughter, still at home, gets so excited about having family events in the back yard! She takes care of making the list for movie snacks, as well as getting things together and getting them out back.
She helps with getting the yard mowed and groomed, so we don’t have to worry about stepping on little bees or wading through any weeds. She also organizes any games we may play – badminton, cornhole, and we may even have a water balloon fight. These are outdoor games that even the little ones can play, and they’re are lots of fun.
Sometimes, my daughter likes to use the trampoline for her campsite. If she has a friend over, they toss their blankets inside the net wall, and can really have space to stretch out, relax and watch the movies too!
Now the grandbabies – their job is to pick a movie for everyone to watch as a family, and just play until they’re so tired, they fall asleep. :o)
The grandbabies like getting this little old plastic kiddie pool that I have, out. They put their pillows and sleeping bags inside the little pool, and use it like a little nest. It’s so cute!
Once everyone has their position on what they’re in charge of, it’s then time to make our lists, collaborate, and put it all in to action.
The camping check off list…
Since this backyard camping get together is going to be a holiday weekender, we will need our normal supplies plus some additional items such as – FIREWORKS!!!
- First, you pick the food you and your family enjoy. Sometimes our family will grill veggie burgers and load them with the works; having chips on the side with beans, salad and fruit. Sometimes we make veggie kabobs and do foil wrapped garlic potatoes, grilled corn, a salad loaded with with all the fixin’s, and a large fresh fruit tray. We can’t forget the dessert that my daughter in-law makes. She likes to make cakes, so we either get cupcakes or some other kind of sugary treat. And last, something to drink. Personally, I always buy the little, individual, bottled waters. They’re a huge hit, and are much easier than cups – if they get left sitting around, I use them to water my flowers. :o)
- Then, if you’re lucky enough to own, or are able to purchase a projector, you can plan on using this outside, making your camping event into a movie night too! We find this to be super exciting, and the little ones absolutely love it. Because they get to pick the movies, it makes them feel like they are doing their part as well!
- We roast marshmallows over the fire pit too! So, for this you will need a big bag of marshmallows, some sticks for roasting them, and if you are thinking like me – you’re saying SMORES! So add in the chocolate and the graham crackers!! Also, at times we choose to do banana boats. For banana boats you need foil, bananas, chocolate, and marshmallows – split the banana down the center lengthwise, load it with your ingredients, wrap in foil, sit in or close to fire for a super good treat!
- For the fire pit, you will need quite a few sticks of wood. We always try to have some hard wood ready for the summer because it tends to burn a little slower.
- Are you savvy when it comes to starting a fire? Not me. At the end of winter, I purchase those fire starter logs when they are put on the clearance sale. They make an awesome addition to your camping supplies! Also, you don’t have to carry around the liquid fuel and a bunch of paper. It makes it easy and less to worry about.
- Lots of treats! Kids love snacking on candies, popcorn, and water bottles! For this we try to make sure and have either the popcorn bags or boxes, or we pre-make cones out of construction paper to fill with popcorn. We take a cardboard box and cut holes in the bottom, flip it upside down, and it makes a great popcorn cone holder! We get theater boxed candies, along with small packs of Twizzlers – making sure to get everyone’s favorites.
- You will need to gather outdoor games, lawn chairs, some blankets, a few sleeping bags, and enough wood to burn while your sitting back, relaxing, and enjoying your movie while drifting off into slumber.
- Last, if it is appropriate for the theme, you can entertain your family and friends with a fireworks display. This is always fun! Sometimes, we have leftovers from the year prior. Backyard events make a awesome time to use them up. It’s just another way of topping off an already great day.
So, now that you have ideas of what to take on a camping trip – in your own backyard – you can start getting your plans together, and putting them into action too!
I hope you’ve enjoyed our family ideas and plans as much as we do. I hope you will be able to put your own ideas into you and your family’s backyard soon!
If you want to share your ideas and the experience of your own backyard camping event, leave me a message below. I would LOVE to hear about your family campout.
Lots of luck, and have loads of fun creating your memories!!! :o)