Tips for Backyard Camping with Kids!

Camping in your own backyard can be so much fun for your family!  To make sure it’s a great time, here are some Tips for Backyard Camping with Kids!

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Our family loves to camp, in fact camping is the way we holiday over the summer months.  It’s such a great way to spend quality time as a family, and not only that, it is a really affordable holiday.  If time permitted we would camp every weekend of the summer, but that’s not always possible, so the next best thing is camping out in the backyard!  Kids love camping in the backyard…it’s endless hours of fun from set up to sun down!

Here are some tips so you can have a great time camping out with your kids!

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Get the kids involved in the set up!

When kids are involved in the planning and set up of any activity, the more likely it is that they will enjoy it!  If they’re old enough they can set up the tent (woohoo!), then fill it up with all of their blankets, pillows and comfort items.  Including the dog.

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Make it comfortable!

Set up air mattresses, have sleeping bags, pillows and plenty of extra blankets available in case it is cold at night!  The biggest thing that will ruin any camping trip is an uncomfortable tent and sleeping situation.  We have learned this the hard way over the years!  The biggest tip I can share about sleeping in a tent, is to make sure you roll out a thick blanket underneath the air mattresses (so between the ground and the mattress), that way no one will get cold from the air coming up from the ground.  I remember one night camping with friends, and my daughter and I were on an air mattress directly on the tent floor…oh my word.  We have never had a more uncomfortable and cold night camping EVER.  Ever.  I had to get up in the middle of the night and lay out every towel and piece of clothing I could find…good times.

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Make sure the kids have access to good night lighting!

I think the biggest fear with any kind of camping with kids, is the fear of the dark.  To combat this, our kids have the Energizer® Vision HD Headlights that I bought at Walmart.  These are great because the adjustable head bands fit comfortably, and they have 3 light settings.  Headlamps are perfect for late night reading and trips to the bathroom!  I also got them an Energizer Portable Lantern to have set up inside the tent for comfort…and I love that it won’t get hot.

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Do the things you would do if you were in a campground, like having a campfire!

It almost seems impossible not to have a campfire if you’re going to be spending the night in a tent, even if it is in your backyard.  Break out those marshmallows and get roasting!  You can even make dinner over the fire…fire roasted hot dogs are the best!  When you think about it, backyard camping is a lot easier because you’ve got the kitchen right at your fingertips, plus you don’t have to worry about coolers and ice!

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Have fun!

Most importantly have fun!  Don’t stress about the details because really, if you forget something you can just go get it.  The whole point is to embrace summer holidays and have fun!

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Now It’s Time to WIN!

One Canadian A Pretty Life reader will win a $500 Walmart Gift Card!  To enter, leave a blog post comment telling me what you would buy for your own backyard campout!  Good luck!

 

Happy camping!

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Disclosure:  Thank you to Energizer Canada for sponsoring this post.  As always all thoughts, text, and opinions are my own.  We enjoy a good campout!  🙂

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118 Comments

  • Reply Laura August 13, 2016 at 9:10 PM We aren't much of campers here but if we were I'd have to say good air mattresses for sure!!
  • Reply Todd Hodge August 13, 2016 at 9:27 PM I would buy some back yard activities to do with the family. And of course all the good camp food and snacks.
  • Reply Leanne Shirtliffe August 13, 2016 at 9:30 PM Does Walmart sell wine? Because I'd buy wine. Or earplugs. :)
  • Reply Kim McD August 13, 2016 at 9:35 PM I can't wait to backyard camp with my littles, hopefully the weather finally cooperates. Those head lamps are genius and a thick mattress for the floor, awesome tip, thanks!
  • Reply Voula August 13, 2016 at 9:38 PM A new firepit!
  • Reply Candice mccarthy August 13, 2016 at 9:44 PM Love this
  • Reply Nicole Tidman August 13, 2016 at 9:48 PM Definitely a s'mores kit. ?
  • Reply Tamara August 13, 2016 at 9:53 PM I'd buy my body weight in marshmallows and probably a geriatric air mattress.
  • Reply Vicki Gray August 13, 2016 at 9:55 PM Great post! So much fun! :D I would buy a bigger tent and an air mattress, along with some fruit and s'mores, and a new flashlight that we can use to tell scary stories (My boys are 6 and 11) :D Thanks for the chance!!
  • Reply Misty Hamel August 13, 2016 at 9:56 PM On our recent camping trip I stopped mid-trip, went to Walmart and bought lanterns, batteries, battery-operated fans, a hammock and bug spray! All great investments that I would do over again in a second.
  • Reply Jules Kisiloski-Cope August 13, 2016 at 9:57 PM I would buy family games and toys that we could play together and maximize quality time together plus s'more!
  • Reply Julia Gabriel August 13, 2016 at 10:05 PM I'd pick up a few new sleeping bags.
  • Reply loriag August 13, 2016 at 10:27 PM I might buy a new tent for my backyard campout!
  • Reply Mona Alexander August 13, 2016 at 10:38 PM We always camped when I was a kiddo and now my 4 year old grandson wants to backyard camp! Soooo..... air mattress, comfy outdoor chair for him and some great flashlights. I have always loved flashlights HA!!
  • Reply tricia August 13, 2016 at 10:44 PM I would buy some new air mattresses, a kitchen tent, and some lounge chairs
  • Reply Nathania H August 13, 2016 at 10:52 PM Lanterns! and an air mattress! and a firepit.
  • Reply Kim August 13, 2016 at 10:54 PM We would buy everything we'd need to make dinner in foil pouches over the fire and s mores, of course ?
  • Reply Shawna August 13, 2016 at 10:57 PM I would invest in some of that cool lighting you mentioned....
  • Reply Tainan Lu August 13, 2016 at 11:33 PM I would buy a tent and lots of food.
  • Reply Jonnie August 14, 2016 at 12:08 AM I would buy some camping chairs and a new tent big enough to fit us all.
  • Reply Joanne Reid August 14, 2016 at 12:39 AM I'd buy a tent, lanterns, and great snack food like chips, chocolate, marshmallows, cookies, fresh fruit, and an assortment of drinks
  • Reply Silvia D August 14, 2016 at 1:54 AM Weneed new air matresses and bug spray!
  • Reply Dianne G. August 14, 2016 at 3:35 AM I would buy some high air mattresses, ingredients for Smores and Hobo Dinners and prizes for games we would play.
  • Reply Jasen H August 14, 2016 at 4:06 AM If I were hosting a backyard campout; I'd pick up a six person tent, two air mattresses, a cooler, a Frisbee, and enough snacks to set eyes a bulging!!
  • Reply Carol August 14, 2016 at 5:45 AM A tent and some air mattresses.
  • Reply Lori Jb August 14, 2016 at 5:59 AM Our tent has seen much better days so a new one would be on the top of my list. Thanks
  • Reply Charlene Hudson August 14, 2016 at 6:08 AM I think I would like to have a gas fire-pit, something portable to take between our house and our RV. Oh and some really awesome lighting!!
  • Reply Jenny August 14, 2016 at 6:52 AM I grew up backyard camping and have some great memories of it. My kids have never done it, mostly because we camp so much not in our backyard. If I was to win I would buy a tent and sleeping bags. Fingers crossed because they will love it.
  • Reply Courtney August 14, 2016 at 6:58 AM I'd buy some camp chairs and a few outdoor games!
  • Reply Darlene W August 14, 2016 at 8:46 AM I would buy some head flashlights and some lanterns
  • Reply Andrea August 14, 2016 at 9:00 AM I would get a new air mattress and some outdoor games.
  • Reply Allison F August 14, 2016 at 9:11 AM I'd get the nicest air mattress I could find. I agree - nothing ruins camping more than a bad sleep.
  • Reply Zahra P August 14, 2016 at 10:01 AM We would love to get a tabletop firepit and some new sleeping bags
  • Reply Birdie Colleen Trafford August 14, 2016 at 10:05 AM Love camping , tent and the great fresh air , have gone before with just tent even , was a little lumpy but we survived ,lol
  • Reply sabina Edwards August 14, 2016 at 10:59 AM We have a very old camper (70's) and we only get to go usually once a year (this year we can't due to my two surgeries and my husbands new job!!) We need a mat for outside the door (those really big ones). We need a folding table to hold all the electrical stuff in the need tent!!! (like the toaster and coffee maker LOL). We need some sturdy folding chairs (ones that have the little table on the arms, not those cheap ones that fold up and you can carry over your arm, we've broken every one of those every year we bought them) We also need a better plug in hamper to keep food cold for the week we go.
  • Reply Tina L. August 14, 2016 at 11:26 AM I would buy an air mattress
  • Reply jay nelson August 14, 2016 at 11:29 AM We tent every summer at least once, so we have the essentials. However I will need a proper fire bowl for the marshmallow roast.
  • Reply Amy Heffernan August 14, 2016 at 11:36 AM I would buy a tent, camping stove, some chairs and anything else I could with the money for camping!
  • Reply Sheryn Bogen August 14, 2016 at 11:36 AM Love spending quality time camping with the family... No electronics just memory making time ?. This would buy us some gear for sure ?...
  • Reply Christine Murray August 14, 2016 at 11:50 AM My boys would love to camp out in the back yard. Thank you.
  • Reply Jenny August 14, 2016 at 11:59 AM I would buy some back yard activities to do with the family
  • Reply Glogirl August 14, 2016 at 12:03 PM I would buy a tent and some s'more supplies.
  • Reply Courtney August 14, 2016 at 12:05 PM Definitely a camp stove and an air mattress. Thanks for the chance to win!
  • Reply Brenda Nelson August 14, 2016 at 12:11 PM My backyard is 10 acres in the middle of no where... we get coyotes here, so I would buy a radio or something to make noise to keep them away lol
  • Reply Carla August 14, 2016 at 12:26 PM We would love a backyard fire pit!
  • Reply Alvena August 14, 2016 at 12:29 PM I would buy a propane Fri pit because I am allergic to wood fire smoke but still want the open fire experience.
    • Reply Alvena August 14, 2016 at 12:33 PM Got to love auto correct. It is a fire pit not Fri pit. Lol
  • Reply sylvia August 14, 2016 at 12:48 PM A great book and a flashlight
  • Reply Shane Smith August 14, 2016 at 1:50 PM I would need to buy a new tent and some sleeping bags
  • Reply em August 14, 2016 at 2:07 PM a new tent, air mattresses and sleeping bags along with some outdoor games like ring toss, slip n slide, bowling
  • Reply margo b August 14, 2016 at 2:16 PM I need a new tent but also need some sleeping bags and a couple good flashlights, then I think I'm ready, thanks for the giveaway
  • Reply Erika Letson August 14, 2016 at 4:47 PM I would get a large tent for my large family! Also some new sleeping bags and an air mattress. Thank you for the giveaway!
  • Reply Jo Vanderwolf August 14, 2016 at 5:09 PM I would have to get a tent and a portable BBQ
  • Reply Lori Thurrott August 14, 2016 at 5:26 PM I would buy a camp cot because I no longer like sleeping on the ground!
  • Reply maria August 14, 2016 at 6:01 PM I would need a tent and air mattress.
  • Reply Florence C August 14, 2016 at 6:11 PM I would pick up a Coleman stove and lantern.
  • Reply Laura @ The Bluenose Baker August 14, 2016 at 7:07 PM I would get a camp stove! It's the only essential we still need to camp on our own. We usually tag along with my parents in their camper.
  • Reply Heather August 14, 2016 at 7:14 PM We are woefully under prepared for camping. We have a small tent and one sleeping bag. I would have to get everything! I always say camping is staying at a hotel that doesn't have room service. ?
  • Reply Terri@FoodMeanderings August 14, 2016 at 7:43 PM We just had one last night! I would buy air mattresses because we realized, too late, that we didn't have any! Too bad it was the wind that scared them and they all came inside at midnight! :)
  • Reply Eva Mitton-Urban August 14, 2016 at 7:52 PM Two mandatory items - an air mattress for Mom and a new sleeping bag for my 12 year old son....Of course he recommended that we purchase an ample supple of Deep Woods Bug Spray. ZAP
  • Reply ivy pluchinsky August 14, 2016 at 8:01 PM I would buy a tent and some flashlights, an air mattress too.
  • Reply michelle matta August 14, 2016 at 8:10 PM A telescope! nothing like early exposure to the stars and constellations for my little niece and nephew
  • Reply Amy C August 14, 2016 at 8:11 PM I would buy a tent, flashlights, smores kits, an air mattress and sleeping bags.
  • Reply Alana August 14, 2016 at 9:09 PM Great post and giveaway! I would buy my little girl her own tent for a friend's camp out!
  • Reply Wendy hutton August 14, 2016 at 9:21 PM we would need a new tent and sleeping bags ours are pretty old
  • Reply Tricia Cooper August 14, 2016 at 10:09 PM I would start with a tent, air mattresses and flashlights!
  • Reply Laura August 14, 2016 at 10:23 PM Cooking gear! Stove or portable BBQ for sure and lots and lots of s'mores supplies! Thanks for the terrific contest!
  • Reply Amie August 14, 2016 at 10:42 PM I would love a new tent , some sleeping bags and a really good flash light ! Then some snacks and fun treats like glow sticks !
  • Reply missbobloblaw August 14, 2016 at 10:57 PM I would buy some good bug spray, big tent & air mattresses to camp in our backyard!
  • Reply Jennifer Doiron August 14, 2016 at 11:43 PM A bigger tent and warmer sleeping bags for the kids!
  • Reply Pam August 15, 2016 at 4:32 AM New sleeping bags would be the first thing.
  • Reply Leslie-Anne August 15, 2016 at 5:57 AM I'd definitely buy a backyard fire pit for roasting marshmallows and hot dogs! Also, I'd buy raccoon repellant - is that a thing? We have some serious raccoons in our backyard that I'd be terrified to camp with!
  • Reply lori butler August 15, 2016 at 7:18 AM I would get some air mattresses for sure
  • Reply BobbiJo pentney August 15, 2016 at 7:38 AM I think the first thing I would buy is a tent to campout in the backyard, and some marshmallows, you cannot camp out without marshmallows.
  • Reply Kate P August 15, 2016 at 7:51 AM Headlamps! Great post!
  • Reply Lisa August 15, 2016 at 8:04 AM After spending this past weekend camping, I really want to get a fire pit for our backyard so that we can have more time around a campfire... The conversations with kids and friends cannot be beat!
  • Reply Louise August 15, 2016 at 10:42 AM We really could use a new BBQ so that's what I think I would buy.
  • Reply dani@lifeovereasy August 15, 2016 at 11:14 AM We definitely need a new tent - ours is heavy and cumbersome and HOT! I'd love one where I can take off the fly and feel like I'm sleeping under the stars.
  • Reply Nicole August 15, 2016 at 11:19 AM That looks like the perfectly roasted marshmallow!!
  • Reply Dana Wheatley August 15, 2016 at 12:10 PM we need more sleeping bags!
  • Reply Elizabeth August 15, 2016 at 12:16 PM Oh we love to camp in our own backyard during summer break! Walmart would be our stop for a new lantern and snacks! ;)
  • Reply tracy k August 15, 2016 at 12:41 PM i'd buy a new tent and sleeping bags!
  • Reply Josh S August 15, 2016 at 1:19 PM We are looking to buy a new tent and possibly some new sleeping bags.
  • Reply Robyn Bellefleur August 15, 2016 at 3:42 PM I would buy a new tent and some sleeping bags.
  • Reply Melinda Jana August 15, 2016 at 7:29 PM tent, sleeping bag, flashlights and air mattress
  • Reply Brenda Penton August 16, 2016 at 2:02 AM I'd buy a fire pit for roasting marshmallows and weiners.
  • Reply Karen E. Hill August 16, 2016 at 7:16 AM I would probably use to to buy all the food for a backyard camp out! These things never come cheap and kids eat LOTS! They can sleep under the stars like we did and get eaten by mosquitoes!
  • Reply Shelley Hickey August 16, 2016 at 7:30 AM I would buy a small fire pit for roasted marshmallows and a comfy air mattress to sleep on!
  • Reply Danielle August 16, 2016 at 8:46 AM I'd buy some marshmallows and a small grill
  • Reply Cassie | Crumb Kitchen August 16, 2016 at 10:13 AM We have a great 2-person tent we got at a garage sale ($5!) but we'd love a larger tent so we can store our duffle bags in there and not the car!
  • Reply Karla Sceviour August 16, 2016 at 2:33 PM I`d buy a new patio set,chairs and lanterns.
  • Reply joy August 16, 2016 at 2:35 PM lots of snacks, tiki lanterns, bug spray and sparklers!
  • Reply BlessedTA August 16, 2016 at 2:42 PM Patio set
  • Reply Jolie August 16, 2016 at 3:14 PM I would start by buying a tent, ours was destroyed a few years ago.
  • Reply Jackie M August 16, 2016 at 7:45 PM I would buy a tent and lanterns!
  • Reply Tammy Dalley August 16, 2016 at 9:25 PM I would buy a tent, air mattresses and some sleeping bags
  • Reply Alex August 17, 2016 at 8:49 AM My daughter would say smores. Hands down!
  • Reply Suzi August 17, 2016 at 8:49 AM I'd buy some sleeping bags and a camping stove
  • Reply Angela September August 17, 2016 at 9:04 AM I would need to buy 2 sleeping bags and the firepit we keep dreaming of :)
  • Reply Debbie S. August 17, 2016 at 10:51 AM I would buy a tent, and air mattress, some weiner forks, hotdogs and marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers. I would also buy a flashlight and some Energizer batteries.
  • Reply Carol M August 17, 2016 at 11:42 AM I would buy a tent as mine bit the dust.
  • Reply Nicole P August 17, 2016 at 12:41 PM I'd buy games of all kind and a lantern or flashlight so we can play when it gets dark.
  • Reply RMS August 17, 2016 at 10:11 PM For starters a tent (we're a self professed rv family)!!
  • Reply Emily August 17, 2016 at 10:12 PM A new air mattress makes the top of the list!! Our popped this summer and we need to replace it sooner than later.
  • Reply Jeannie Lam August 17, 2016 at 10:18 PM I would get an air mattress and a tent for our backyard camp out.
  • Reply Colleen Moore August 17, 2016 at 10:21 PM Need marshmallows and sparklers, and some spooky stories to tell.
  • Reply Lindsay August 17, 2016 at 11:03 PM A nice foam roll up mattress and some good sleeping bags! It gets super chilly here at night so a blanket just wouldn't cut it and we definitely dont want cold kids
  • Reply Angela August 17, 2016 at 11:29 PM I'd buy my youngest a sleeping bag as his older two brothers have one each (my MIL for Christmas would always buy them something camping related, sadly she is no longer with us) and I would purchase a camp stove so I could cook my cuties an awesome breakfast in the morning. Some much needed camping mats would be great as well! ?
  • Reply Martina August 18, 2016 at 5:00 AM I'd buy a new tent and some air mattresses! And a led latern
  • Reply Jessica Kobza August 18, 2016 at 6:48 AM I would buy a smores kit and flashlights. :)
  • Reply Amanda Faith August 18, 2016 at 10:39 AM Definitely a good air mattress! I would love to camp before fall arrives. ?
  • Reply Lisa Tisdale August 18, 2016 at 12:07 PM I'd buy a bigger tent , a bigger air mattress, and maybe a couple of those headlamps your kids are wearing in the photo (my boys would love those:)
  • Reply Jennifer Scharba August 18, 2016 at 2:36 PM I would buy lots of mountain pie and smores stuff and a new tent.
  • Reply Jenness M August 18, 2016 at 5:09 PM I would buy a good air mattress, ingredients for smores and some sparklers for the kids!
  • Reply Bonny Dixon MacIsaac August 18, 2016 at 6:06 PM I a good pump to blow up our air mattress would be the first thing I would buy and a couple of outdoor games for the kids to play. Camping has always been our family favorite getaway. So much fun!
  • Reply Elena August 19, 2016 at 6:01 AM I'd buy $500 worth of marshmallows! (Or a new tent ?)
  • Reply Kim Tanti August 19, 2016 at 6:14 AM I would have to purchase a new tent since my son has mine. LOL Then I would have to purchase the makings for smores and hotdogs.
  • Reply Melissa August 26, 2016 at 4:58 PM I've always dreamed of backyard camping! Our current backyard doesn't permit us to do this, but I'm hoping this is something we can do after we move to NC.
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