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How To Have The Ultimate Garden Campout

As the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, we want nothing more than to pitch up and camp out. But if you’ve left it until the last minute or simply can’t get out there, you don’t have to abandon your hopes of sleeping under the stars. With our expert help, you can still enjoy the full camping experience from the comfort of your own home and embrace outdoor living. 

Pitching Up

You might not have your pick of the pitches but camping at home certainly has its perks. No need to worry about how close the shower block is, which direction the wind is coming from or whether your neighbours’ guy lines are encroaching on yours: as the sole residents of your very own campsite, you can simply focus on getting it pitch perfect.

 

Your first essential is shelter. One of the best things about camping at home is that you’re not limited by the usual choices, so whilst pitching a tent in the garden or living room is the go-to option (and a great one at that), if you haven’t got space, why not hang a hammock, use an event shelter or build a den using bedsheets and blankets? Alternatively, when the weather is really kind, simply roll out your mat and sleeping bag and sleep under the stars.

 

If you‘re after a tent to suit your pitch, check out our list of tents for every space here.

Kitting Up

Once you’ve got your pitch sorted, you need to think about your other essentials. We’re talking sleeping bags, mats, airbeds, and all manner of camping accessories. At the very least you’re going to need a sleeping bag – or if you’re inside, perhaps a duvet or blanket – but if you’re after more comfortable night’s sleep, consider a sleeping mat or airbed. Yet another perk of camping at home: you can pump the airbed up with ease using an electric pump plugged into your mains!  

 

Depending on the time of year you’re camping out, you might want to consider a different sleeping bag. Here’s a guide to choosing the right sleeping bag for you.

 

Likewise, if you’re looking for a sleeping mat but aren’t sure where to start, read our expert buying guide here.

Lighting Up

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Lighting is essential when camping out in the wild but even when camping at home, you’ll still need a few essentials to light up the night.

 

If you’re outside, you’ll want a lamp for when the sun goes down and a headtorch to help keep your hands free when cooking, reading or playing games. If you want a little extra atmosphere, why not use some fairy lights or solar powered lamps to light the way from the garden to the house? Solar power is a great way to generate energy to power your lighting, so if you’re after a more sustainable option, consider getting some solar lamps and charging them during the day ready for the evening’s adventures. 

 

If you’re inside, lighting is a great way to recreate the feeling of being out in the wild, so switch off the lights and use lanterns, headlamps and torches to keep the spirit of camping alight.

 

Finally, nothing says campout like a firepit. If you’re pitching up outdoors, sitting round the fire and toasting marshmallows is the perfect way to end an evening and add a little light to your campsite too. Don’t forget the campfire stories and resident acoustic guitar player! 

Cooking Up (A Storm)

Another staple of a great campout is cooking outside. Whether you barbeque, cook over the fire or even just rustle up some traditional campfire grub in your oven, you can relive the wild cooking experience even when you're miles away from the wilderness.

 

There are a few essentials you need to get things cooking in your camp kitchen. You‘ll need something to cook on, whether that’s a stove, a fire, a barbeque/grill or, if you can’t get outside, whatever system you have in your kitchen. Don’t forget to give yourself enough space between cooking and canvas – no one wants a fire engine in their backyard! You’ll also needs pots, pans and utensils to suit whichever cooker you’re using, plus some durable and lightweight camp cutlery and crockery (the best china probably isn’t the most sensible choice!). If you want to go the whole hog and save walking back and forth to the kitchen, you can use a cool box instead of your fridge and a camping kettle and flask for your hot drinks when the sun goes down. 

 

If you want the true lightweight camping experience, you could use some boil-in-the-bag ready meals or, if you’d rather cook up a storm, check out our favourite campfire recipes on our blog. 

Living It Up

Whether you just roll out the picnic blanket or have a full dining set-up, the best campouts are only complete with a dedicated area for eating, relaxing and true outdoor living. You don’t want to be bringing your cushions and dining chairs out into the garden, so it’s worth investing in some quality camping furniture such as camping chairs, dining sets, rugs, blankets, hammocks and even carpet for your tent, if you really want to create a home-from-home, at home. If you want to make the inside of your tent super comfortable, line it with blankets and yoga mats, and bring some extra pillows for the bedrooms.

 

Invest in some garden games or make up your own to play in your campout living space, use the space to try out some morning yoga when you wake up outdoors, or follow the sun around the garden/room and catch some rays! Finally, why not get creative and make some colourful bunting to adorn your at-home campsite, or design a backyard treasure hunt for the kids?

Feeling inspired to have your own ultimate at home campout? Check out our full camping range online to make sure you’ve got all the kit you need to stay in and camp out.