Stuck at Home? Do a Back Garden Camp!

With everyone needing to isolate at home because of the COVID-19 Lockdown, and the weather improving, how do you get your kids out the house in the fresh air but remain isolated?

Well, how about the old favourite: garden camp out!

Let’s make camp!

With a dry night forecast, you don’t need a big tent for your garden camp. There are plenty of small pop-up tents that you can order online if you don’t have anything appropriate. Yep – order online, keep that isolation going 😉

The first decision, depending on how old your kids are, is will they be sleeping out in the garden by themselves, or will you join them. If you can’t fit all in a small tent, you might need a couple and set-up your little campsite.

Make it snug

Whatever tent option you go for, remember to insulate the floor well. A cold groundsheet is the number one way to get cold at night. A snug tent is always better. 

Throw in some blankets, picnic rugs, and even towels. 

Ideally, you have some camp sleeping mats. If not, make sure you have a good layer on the bottom, and it’s thick and comfortable. Spare duvets could work here too.

Hopefully, you have some sleeping bags too. If not, use the duvets off the bed, but do make sure there is more insulation underneath your kids than on top.

The Campfire

Most of us live in towns and cities with smoke-free zones, which means we can’t have a traditional campfire. Plus, most of us don’t have space in our back garden for a fire!

Campfire in the garden

However, there’s a lot you can do with a BBQ, even a disposable BBQ. And since you are at your house, after all, you can use the kitchen to prepare a lot of things, or cook inside and take out to your back garden campsite. 

Here are some favourites you might want to try with your kids:

Pocket Pizzas are easy to cook over a campfire or BBQ and the kids love adding their own ingredients.

Night Time

Your neighbours will not appreciate kids being noisy outdoors at night, so you’ll need to make sure that they’re quite and not up late making noise. But that doesn’t stop the fun. 

Sleeping out in the garden at night is very different from usual, and just whispering could be part of the fun. It’s like sneaking around and doing something you shouldn’t! 😉

Have torches or lanterns is essential, and with good batteries. Many younger kids might want the light on all night. 

If you want to glam it up, wire up some outdoor fairy lights around the tents. 

Can’t get a tent?

Build a den!

Building a den for the kids
Build a den

Here are some instructions on building a den outside using a tarp. But if you can’t do that, just get some blankets and sheets, and build one inside! 🙂


Trying a home campsite? Then why not enter our #HomeCampsite photo contest for a chance to win a Coleman Octagon tent plus a year’s membership of the Camping and Caravanning Club.

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