Quick List of Items for the Great American Backyard Campout

by Justin on June 21, 2012

Great American Backyard Camopout

Great American Backyard Camopout

The Great American Backyard Campout is this Saturday, June 23, 2012. I thought I would put together a list of items to bring out, some to maybe jar your memory to pick something up. It’s a relatively short list because I can’t cover everything and this will be a great way to see what all your family needs when you make a trip to a park for camping.

  • Something to light up the backyard. A fire pit, a Coleman Lantern. Thinking of this reminded me to get a couple of new propane tanks for my lantern. It really lights things up.

    My Coleman Lantern

    My Coleman Lantern

  • Something for the kids to light up the yard: flashlights or glow sticks. I usually have a couple extra free flash lights from Harbor Freight around. If you watch the Sunday newspaper you can find coupons.
    Harbor Freight Flashlight

    Harbor Freight Flashlight

  • Some burgers for the grill, and hot dogs too. Some chips. Make it as outdoors as possible with minimal cooking inside.
  • A snack for later, some marshmallows, some stuff to make easy s’mores, whatever your family likes to snack on.
  • Kids drink of choice. Juice boxes are good for this. Adults drink of choice also.
  • A garbage bag to keep your backyard clean.
  • If this is the kids first outing see if they want to bring a stuffed animal from their room to camp with them. Something that will provide comfort to them when they lay down.
  • Of course the normal: tent, chairs, covers/sleeping bags, pillows.
  • For something to do when it’s light out bring out a board game. Try to minimize dependencies on electronic devices. Use this event as a way to unplug.
  • And last but not least, a jar for catching fireflies in! My son always enjoyed catching fireflies. Let the kids know it’s a catch and release night. When the kids are done leave the jar open for the fireflies can escape.

What did I miss? Does your family have anything special they do for camping? Please feel free to leave a comment. I enjoy hearing from my readers. Thanks!

3 comments… read them below or add one

Jenn June 22, 2012 at 10:04 am

I love the idea of having a firepit to allow the kids to cook their hotdogs and roast marshmallows over for smores. Need to keep a very close eye on them, but it’s such a fun way to camp in the backyard.


Justin June 22, 2012 at 5:52 pm

I agree. Our biggest problem is the kids wanting to toss stuff in the fire.


jaison April 18, 2016 at 12:17 pm

I agree. about waiting to start cooking at the fire. fun cooking in back yard with the kids. thank you…


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