Family Camping at Home: Practice Makes Perfect
When we talk about camping, we always think about pitching a tent in the woods and lighting up a campfire. With family camping, you get to share a bonding experience with the whole family. However, during the MCO, that’s not likely to happen anytime soon, but there is an alternative: family camping at home. How exactly does one go about camping at home as a family? And why would anyone do so? We’ll take a look at some of the ways to go about it and why you should try this with your family.
Reasons for Family Camping at Home
Breaking the Boredom
One reason for setting up camp in your own home is to break the monotony of living in the same house over such a long period of time, especially when everybody is stuck indoors 24/7 due to the pandemic. The idea is to change up your environment, even if it’s only temporary, so it would be a different feeling for the family, especially when this has never been done before. This is sure to lead to a memorable experience for everybody.
Practise Your Planning
Another reason why family camping at home is a good idea during this time is that it gives you an opportunity to practise how you might plan for a real camp in the future. For a start, you have less to worry about if your plans have holes in them, so it lets you identify any areas of improvement before you set out camping for real. Imagine if you have forgotten to bring along something crucial, say, a gas stove for cooking; if that had actually happened while you are out in a remote part of the woods, you would either be forced to forage for food in the forest or, most likely, you would walk all the way to your car and drive until you get to a shop for camping supplies. Were the same to happen while camping at home, you’ll be able to take note of it and make sure you remember it for when you actually go out and touch some grass.
How to Camp at Home
Now that we have some good reasons for family camping at home, here are some ways to go about it. Firstly, in order to get as much camping experience out of this, we’re gonna have to pretend that the place we’re setting up camp in is part of the great outdoors, which means a no-electricity zone, shutting off all electrical appliances such as lights, air conditioning and television (although you might want to leave the fan on), and set up a tent or two for everybody to sleep in. Of course, you’re free to make it more comfortable with pillows and blankets, just know that these won’t be available for when you are camping outside for real. If there’s no space in your living room for tents, or if you don’t have a tent yet, then sleeping bags would definitely do.
Simulate Survival Skills
Those with a backyard can try camping out there, whereas those without enough space outside the house for setting up a tent for the family could still do it indoors by clearing up some space, putting the furniture in the bedrooms for the time being. Regardless of your setup or location, one thing is important for survival training: reduced reliance on electrical appliances. Instead of going to the fridge, use an icebox or basket to store the food you’d be eating throughout your “camping” instead. Ordering food delivery would be defeating the purpose, so instead, get a portable gas or alcohol stove and try cooking using it; this way, you’ll know just how much you need to prepare for cooking outdoors, or if you’d rather prepare all your food beforehand and avoid having to cook. Lastly, use only torchlights or lanterns as your source of illumination.
The most important part of this activity is to have fun. If you are not having fun doing this at home, you’re less likely to have fun camping outdoors either. Organise activities that you can do during the day such as practising setting up the tent or sleeping bags, play card or board games, or come up with simple cooking recipes using the portable stove or a campfire. During the night, you might want to try looking up at the night sky to see if you can see the stars, and telling ghost stories under the cover of darkness is particularly effective. You can also use the torchlight to create shadow puppets against the walls of the tent, either using your hands or by cutting out shapes.
Those are some of the reasons for family camping at home and some ways you can go about doing it. Do you have other reasons why you should camp at home? Any suggestions for activities you can do while camping at home? Let us know in the comments section below!
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