Just because you live in the city doesn’t mean you have to miss out on country fun. Even a small balcony is enough space to plan a fun campout, you just have to use your imagination. Today is National S’mores Day and to celebrate we put together for you a few ideas for an epic camping adventure right on your patio.
Sleep Under the Stars
Yoga mats are a great way to provide some extra comfort, whether you opt for a small tent or want to experience the great outdoors by lying in sleeping bags and staring up at the stars. It doesn’t matter if your space is restricted, your comfort doesn’t have to be.
Make Camping Meals Ahead of Time
Campout food is generally cooked over an open flame, as everyone pushes their hotdog on a stick and holds it over the fire. So you might not be able to pull that off, but you can still have hot dogs for dinner and breakfast burritos in the morning. These are foods that you can have prepared ahead of time and just heat when ready. Pre-pack snacks in baggies to save running to and from the kitchen.
Light Up the Night
You won’t have the space for a campfire, but you can create your own source of light by using an empty milk jug and a headlamp. Simply fit the headlamp around the jug and turn it inwards- voila, you have light! For a more exciting option, create a jar of fairy lights. Take a mason jar and empty the insides of a few of large glow stick inside, add glitter and shake. It will definitely provide your campout with a bit of magic, and a handy nightlight.
It would be easy to rely on technology to create fun, but don’t be tempted to give in. Come up with fun games that you can play with the family: I Spy is always going to be a great option because you don’t need any space to place this game. When you think of a game ask yourself if you could play it on a road trip if the answer is yes then you can probably make it work for your patio camping trip. Don’t forget to sing songs.
Enjoy Campfire Dessert
No campout is complete without s’mores, but a campfire isn’t going to be possible. Don’t worry, all is not lost! Try this twist: melt some chocolate and pour it into a bowl, have another bowl with crushed graham crackers on it and in the third bowl have marshmallows. It’s ideal for all ages, and the kids can dip the marshmallow into the chocolate then crackers for a patio-safe twist on a classic campfire snack. You could also keep the graham crackers whole and use marshmallow fluff or make ahead this indoor s’mores cast iron skillet recipe. If space allows you could try this amazing idea to turn a plant pot into a fire pit.
See, just because you don’t have a big yard doesn’t mean you can’t plan an epic campout and have fun with the family. You just have to get a little creative to bring the outdoors to your front door.