how to camp at home

Earlier this week our family had planned to go camping. We were really looking forward to it. The outdoors, sleeping in a tent, running around and eating rock and of course, CAMPING FOOD!

But there's just one problem with making any summer outdoor plans in Arizona any amount of days in advance... the weather. Even with a 20% chance of rain, we were totally rained out before we even left the house. It rained on and off all day. If it had been just me and Ted, we might have tried but Gwenna and her wild nature is a whole different ballgame.

We made the executive decision to camp at home. Since I am not a camping at home expert, I would like to share some advice with you on how to successfully camp at home.

First of all, it's important to not get upset.

Even though your plans have been altered, you can still have fun at home.

Secondly, if your big fancy 6 person tent won't fit in your living room or your baby's room, revert back to the 2 person model you used as newlyweds. It's romantic, no?

Also, it helps to have a great helper to set up the tent. It makes the work seem, well, not faster, or even more fun, but it makes it seem, um, educational.

Babies make great "helpers" in this process. Or at least they have a ton of fun an are momentarily entertained.

Since you're not actually outdoors, once your tent is set up, you'll have to find a way to pass the time. Nature walks and the like would be great but since you're not outdoors, a rousing game of tent face amuses just about everyone.

It's very important to inspect the tent once it's set up. Gwenna did this for us by pushing out on every wall many times to make sure nothing could get in or out. This would be very helpful in the wilderness to defend our family against bugs and small woodland creatures.

Ah, and the most important tip of all, make sure you have some awesome camping food. There's something really special about camp food, don't you think? We sure love it.

We had planned to make Italian seasoned tin-foil dinners in the fire. But since it was raining we were without fire. We had to take the modern approach and put our dinners in the oven. It was still delish!

I honestly meant to take pictures of our dessert but it was so good I forgot. That's really saying something. We made tin-foil pineapple upside down cakes, individual servings made with cake donuts. Now, don't get me wrong, it's not the real deal (I'm a BIG pineapple upside down cake snob and only my husband and mom make it the best) but it's still AWESOME. SO good!

Another tip: even if you plan dessert, make s'mores anyway. A little can of sterno will do the trick if you can't have a wonderful open fire.

Last, but not least, make sure to get a good night's rest.

Camping really takes it out of you, so I doubt you'll have trouble with that last tip.

Happy home camping!

*Note: a post on nesting developments,
including a new vehicle purchase, coming soon.

1 comment:

Heather said...

I want to camp at home! Thanks for the tips. Now to get me a cute little baby helper...