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Transform Your Living Space Into Your Very Own Campsite

Reignite your sense of adventure by going on a family camping trip without leaving your home.

Maria Bailey · 6 months ago

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Many national parks are full after limiting the number of guests to ensure proper social distancing, and many of us have had to sit out our fun-filled vacays. This means that now is the perfect time to enjoy an "outdoorsy" experience with the kids right at home! Transform your living room into a campground and create memories you will cherish with these indoor camping tips.

Pitch A Tent

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The beauty of camping inside is that you can improvise. Don't have a tent? Get creative and make one! Simply tie a string between two sturdy points and drape over a bed sheet to make an A-frame. Secure the sheet in place with clothespins or binder clips, and there you have it! Don't have sleeping bags? Your regular bedding will work just fine. There's no need to sweat the small stuff when the elements aren't at play.

Set The Scene(ry)

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Feel closer to nature by moving some greenery into your campsite. Surround yourselves with any plants you might have around the home and work together to draw a beautiful landscape to admire as your picture-perfect view.

Dim The Lights

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Create an extra-cozy ambiance by turning off your ceiling lights and lighting up a string of fairy lights around your campsite. Get the sense of adventure really going by handing out flashlights and headlamps for exploring.

Have A Finger-Food Picnic

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Everyone knows anything goes when it comes to camping food, and this rule certainly applies to indoor camping too. Dinner time is made easy thanks to finger food and snacks. You can't go wrong with hot dogs, pizza, roasted veggies, and popcorn for an easy picnic that will be a guaranteed hit with the fam.

Bring Your Senses Alive

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Your senses are always in for a treat when you’re surrounded by nature. Whether it's the aromatic smell of fresh pine from the forest or the sound of owls cooing in the distance, it's a magical experience that is hard to recreate. That said, it's amazing what a nature sounds playlist can do — listen to the sounds of birds, rain, or crickets for an immersive experience. If you have an oil diffuser, fill the room with the smell of pine essential oils.

Eat S'mores Around A "Campfire"

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Sharing stories and eating s'mores around a campfire is one of the highlights of any camping trip, and there's no reason why you have to miss out on either! Get crafty by making a "fire" with empty paper towel tubes to emulate firewood and a battery-operated candle surrounded by tissue paper in bright reds and oranges to act as flames. You can also take advantage of your Wi-Fi connection and stream a crackling campfire to really set the mood. Then get your taste buds going by sandwiching together bitesize graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows before popping them in the oven or microwave.

Play Games

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Part of the thrill of camping is disconnecting from the world. Designate your campsite as a no-device zone to enjoy uninterrupted playtime with the fam. Challenge your kids to a round of cards or board game classics like Monopoly, perhaps this time with an icy twist. Or why not play a game of I Spy with a flashlight followed by a shadow puppets show performed by the kids? There are plenty of ways to stay entertained without having to resort to screen time!

Sleep Beneath The Stars

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Stargazing is a magical way to end your day at a campsite. While indoor camping doesn't really lend itself to admiring the night's sky, spending a night under the stars is entirely possible with glow in the dark star stickers. Place them on your ceiling without the kids finding out for an extra special surprise. They will be awe-struck when it's time for the grand reveal at lights out.