We’re thrilled our friend Laura Prietto had fun taking her kids camping with a few of our favorite products for the summer. Grill? Check! S’more supplies? Check! The best part is she didn’t have to pack a car full of gear and drive to some distant campground to give her kids a special outdoor experience. Camp was right out the back door.
“The beauty of camping in your backyard is that it’s all of the fun and not a lot of the stress,” Laura said. “At the end of the night, we easily washed all of the dishes in our sink, and the kids could take a bath in the tub as usual before heading back out to the tent with their flashlights to read stories before bed.”
If you love the idea of tents, grilled food, and a little stargazing with all the comforts of home, we’ll show you how Laura put together the most laid-back camping trip ever.
1. Pitch a Tent
Even if the kids decide at the last minute that they’d rather sleep inside, they can still experience a little nighttime stargazing.
2. Plan Easy Camp Activities
3. Skip the Cooler
Make trays of veggies and fruit ahead of time for healthy snacking throughout the day. If you use trays with a cooling insert, you don’t have to keep unpacking a cooler or making frequent trips to the fridge.
4. Fire Up the Patio Grill
5. Pour Drinks for Mom and Dad
Backyard camping is mostly for the kids, but Mom and Dad should be able to relax, too!
6. Dessert for Breakfast
Laura's Camp Out Paleo Pancakes
- 1 ripe banana
- 2 eggs
- fresh or frozen berries (optional)
- vanilla extract (optional)
- Smash the banana with a fork in a bowl.
- Add the eggs into the bowl and mix.
- Stir in fresh or frozen berries and a small amount of vanilla extract.
- Coat a small cast iron skillet with a thin layer of olive oil and place on medium heat. When the skillet is hot pour in 1 cup (250 mL) of the pancake mixture.
- Let the pancake cook until several air bubbles start popping and then flip it to cook the other side.
- Once the pancake is finished cooking, top it with syrup, nut butter, jam, or ice cream.