Love camping but can’t get out to your favourite campsite this year? You can still enjoy the beauty of nature right from your own backyard. Sure, it may not be the exact same as pitching a tent in Algonquin Park, but you can still have fun enjoying the outdoors, campfire, and time spent with the people you love. Here are some tips for hosting the ultimate campout in your backyard this summer.
Get a Campfire Going
No camping experience is complete without a campfire. The warm glow and crackling sounds make it a must-have for any outdoor setting. If you have a fire pit in your backyard, fire it up to set the scene for a cozy and inviting night around the fire. If you don’t have one, you can create your own. There are many simple online tutorials that will show you exactly what you need and how to do it. Just make sure you’re abiding by local by-laws and regulations to keep it safe.
Line Up an Epic Playlist
Beyond the campfire, a good playlist is essential for creating the ultimate campout in your backyard. You can compile your favourite tunes or just choose from pre-made playlists like Spotify’s “Camping Out” selection. With a good range of music to sing along to around the fire, you’ll barely notice you’re still in your own backyard.
Line Up Games for Entertainment
Horseshoes, slip ‘n slide, cornhole toss, bocce ball, soccer, charades – there’s a ton of fun games you can choose from that will keep you laughing and entertained during your camp out. Even a deck of cards can make for an exciting evening with games like Euchre and Spit that will amp up some friendly competition.
Create Some Grilling Magic
If you’re feeling confident about your outdoorsy skills, throw a grill on your campfire and make a cookout like it’s the real deal. Nothing tastes better than having something grilled directly over an open campfire. Alternatively, just use the barbeque if you prefer to make it easy. Create a simple menu that everyone will love – hot dogs, burgers, kabobs, corn and of course, you can’t forget the marshmallows. Whatever you prefer, make it easy so you can sit back and enjoy it with everyone instead of spending too much time fussing over cooking. Remember, camping is all about enjoying a relaxing experience outdoors.
If you’ve noticed that your yard could use some love during your campout, get in touch with us at Hansen Lawn & Garden. We can help transform your backyard into the ultimate camping and staycation spot.