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Stuck at Home? Turn Your House Into a Campsite!

Stuck at Home? Turn Your House Into a Campsite!

Thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe, many of us have been stuck at home for a few weeks now, and will likely be here for a few more weeks. Nearly every state has some sort of “stay at home” order in place right now, and while it’s a good thing to help flatten the curve and reduce the spread of COVID-19, you might be feeling a bit stir-crazy right now.

Many people had to give up their spring break plans, and with summer just around the corner, you might be itching to do something fun with your kids without having to break the rules of social distancing.

If you’re avid campers or adventurous, why not bring your camping excursions inside? Your kids will love it, it can break up the routine of doing the same thing every day, and it can give you a glimpse of what you can (hopefully) look forward to this summer.

With that in mind, let’s look at a few tips you can use to camp at home.

Go Big In The Living Room

There are plenty of ways to emulate the camping experience in your living room. If you have the space for it, pitch your tent inside and fill it with pillows and blankets. If you don’t have room for a tent, you can task your kids with creating a ‘fort’ from those pillows and blankets, or just laying them out on the floor with sleeping bags. You can make this as simple or as detailed as you’d like!

Camping isn’t camping without the food, so get creative with your dinner selections. If you have a gas stove in your kitchen, you can help your kids to roast marshmallows for s’mores. If you want to eat in the living room at the ‘campsite,’ try things like Frito pie or make hot sandwiches ahead of time and wrap them in foil so they’ll still be warm when you’re ready to eat.

Saying Goodbye to Screens

One of the best things you can do if you decide to go camping indoors is to have a ‘no screen’ policy.

Chances are your kids (and maybe even you!) have been glued to their phones, tablets, and computers lately. Some part of that might be to do the schoolwork they’re missing, but if they’re using their devices mostly for entertainment or to talk to friends, it’s good for them to unplug once in a while.

So, make sure everyone puts away their phones while you’re on your “trip”. Instead of using them for entertainment, go old school with your camping activities and tell ghost stories, jokes, or play a board game together using flashlights or candles to keep things illuminated.

Summer hasn’t even started yet, but being forced to stay in your house can make anyone feel a little cabin fever. If you want to break up your normal routine and do something that both you and your kids can enjoy when you’re stuck at home, go all out with camping inside. It’ll be an experience your kids will never forget.

Apr 6th 2020 Stacey Koziel

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