How To Go Camping Without Leaving Your Living Room

I went camping at Myall Lake last week. It was beautiful! Ducks, water, trees, a very dirty baby (crawling around on the ground chasing the ducks)… and… approximately 78324 mosquitos.

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Our beautiful, lake-side camping spot.

And they bit me three times each.

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Me, catching up on some reading and catching some mozzie bites!

So we ended up leaving our lakeside locale one day early, with 893284 mozzie bites each. But I love camping! And I wasn’t ready for the camping trip to be over! So we decided to extend the camping trip in our living room.

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Inside our fort. Fairy lights and the Desite Map, what a combo!

We came up with a few simple rules, and a few simple activities, and went camping at home!

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Tell me you don’t love this fort. Go on, tell me! I won’t believe you.

The rules:

No charging technology

We took our phones with us camping, as I use it for photos, so I was allowed to continue to use it for photos, but when I can’t charge I turn it off most of the time to conserve the battery – so there’s some juice left for me to take photos!

Sleep in a fort

We made an awesome living room fort to sleep in! A doona on the ground, lots of pillows, a couch and chairs as protective walls, and the all time best addition – fairy lights winking above. It’s just like being outside!

Cold showers

I actually wanted us to use the camping shower but the busbandito vetoed that and we compromised on cold showers. It did mean I got to wash my hair for the first time in a number of days which was nice.

Must eat s’mores

We roasted marshmallows over an open fire whilst camping and had blind taste tests of pink and white (I could tell, the big dude couldn’t). So we thought s’mores at home would be a great addition! In the end we traded them in for red wine, cheese and crackers and chocolate-covered sultanas, so you can adjust this one to make it work for you.

No electricity

We ended up using electricity to light the fairy lights, but we lit candles all around the house and the atmosphere was exactly as intended. I also used electricity a few times when I had to go in to the little dude to find his dummy and lie him back down. Acceptable, methinks!

Must eat sitting on the floor

Camping chairs would have been allowed as well, but they were soaked frm being packed up in the pouring rain. (did I mention the pouring rain? It poured while we were packing up in the morning, so we came home with mozzie bites and wet camping gear).

No telling anyone we’re home

We were planning to still be away, and hang out with no expectations, no plans, lots of reading/eating/sleeping/walking time. So we didn’t tell anyone we were home, and we just hung out like we would have in the woods.

No doing chores unrelated to camping

So, we’d wash the dishes if we were camping, but we wouldn’t pull out the vacuum (though, let’s be honest, I very rarely just pull out the vacuum!). But the point being, it’s easy to do all the things we ‘have to do’ when we’re home with some free space. But we created te space and I intended to guard it! So we loaded the dishwasher but did not unload it!

Of course, camping isn’t all about rules!

We needed to play as well!

We opted for:

  • A family walk along the coastal path, from Coogee to Maroubra
  • A swim in an ocean pool. It was colder than the lake so I only went in up to my belly button, but the little guy splashed around loving it.
  • Plenty of reading time. I’m currently reading Danielle La Porte’s Desire Map, so have been thinking about how I really want to feel and live.
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Playtime at an ocean pool.

What do you think?

Would you try fort building and camping in the living room? I loved it even more than I expected! (and that was quite a lot). I’d love to see some pictures if you build a fort! Do it! Tag #theeverydayadventure so I can find them, I love seeing pictures of what you’ve all been up to.

Now go home, and go camping!

Xx Sam

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14 Comments on How To Go Camping Without Leaving Your Living Room

  1. nichole
    October 21, 2014 at 9:57 PM (3 years ago)

    I loved this post Samantha! My 4 year old son will go over the moon crazy when i tell him what I’m planning for the weekend. Thank’s for the inspiration and the great tips 🙂

    • samantha
      October 22, 2014 at 11:13 AM (3 years ago)

      awesome!!! Please show us a picture of the fort when it’s made!

  2. Anne Omland
    October 16, 2014 at 4:45 AM (3 years ago)

    YES! I’d love to build a fort in my house. Yours looks so cozy I want to reinvent it in my living room. The twinkle lights were my fave. Good for you guys that you didn’t throw in the towel just because the bugs and rain were out to get you. Your energy and your ability to find and “adventure” 🙂 in everything is inspiring. xoxo

    • samantha
      October 16, 2014 at 3:40 PM (3 years ago)

      haha thanks Anne!
      I was pretty happy with the fairy light addition as well! xx

  3. victoria m.
    October 16, 2014 at 3:36 AM (3 years ago)

    Samantha, what a lovely idea. I love the idea of taking a vacation from life, right where you live haha. I’ve been REALLY called to unplug as of lately… just stop staring at my phone so much worrying about stats, page views, my social media profile… it’s all so draining sometimes.

    I may just have to camp out in the living room.

    p.s. I really want to get my hands on Danielle LaPorte’s book too!! Let me know how it is.

    • samantha
      October 16, 2014 at 3:31 PM (3 years ago)

      I’m loving the Desire Map Victoria!
      I haven’t finished it yet but it’s definitely making me think.

      You shoudl TOTALLY go and camp out in the living room!!
      Then send me some pictures! 😀

  4. Helene
    October 16, 2014 at 2:45 AM (3 years ago)

    What a Fantastic idea! I so love the ground rules you set too. Tucking this idea away for our extended winter break coming up. Thanks! xo, H

    • samantha
      October 16, 2014 at 3:39 PM (3 years ago)

      It was so fun, I’d love to see pictures of your fort! xx

  5. Melissa
    October 16, 2014 at 12:02 AM (3 years ago)

    Hey, You got me at S’mores! This is better than glamping-lol! Cute!

    • samantha
      October 16, 2014 at 3:39 PM (3 years ago)

      haha yep! xx

  6. Erin
    October 15, 2014 at 1:46 PM (3 years ago)

    Oh wow, I love this post! I always try to get my husband to build a fort with me in the living room but he won’t play along. We are expecting our first baby soon, so I’m hoping his spirit of adventure changes once our little one is old enough to appreciate the magic of indoor camping. I love your rules and I think trading the marshmallows for red wine and cheese was a good call. 😉

    • samantha
      October 16, 2014 at 3:40 PM (3 years ago)

      He’ll have to join in when you have a bub! haha

  7. Viki Stanley-Hutchison
    October 15, 2014 at 9:34 AM (3 years ago)

    Absolutely love this idea and plan to implement it with my grandbabies in the near future. Thanks so much for the great ideas! 😀

    • samantha
      October 15, 2014 at 9:49 AM (3 years ago)

      How fun!!
      Please send me a picture when you do it!
      We actually slept in it, it felt like such an adventure even though we were right in our living room haha


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