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.
And they bit me three times each.
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.
We came up with a few simple rules, and a few simple activities, and went camping at home!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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