Today’s post comes from Learning and Education Leader, Laura Myers.
Daydreaming about camping?
Here are 12 ways to do it. feel as if you were camping, all from the comfort of your home!
As you would with any camping trip, start packing!
Here is a list of supplies you will need for your indoor camping adventures:
- tent, sleeping bags and pillows OR make an indoor tent with sheets, bedding and poles
- flashlights and lanterns (safe for indoor use)
- camp mugs and tea, coffee or hot chocolate
- S’mores ingredients (marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers)
- board or card games
- art supplies
- headphones and laptop or cell phone
Don’t have everything on the list? No problem! A little imagination goes a long way.
1. Choose your campsite
Look around your home, inside and out, to find the perfect campsite!
Pitch your tent and make it cozier with your sleeping bags and plenty of blankets and pillows. Pack games and enjoy time in your tent.
There’s no limit to how much you can carry, as you don’t have to put it in a backpack, canoe, or car.
Tip: Place little lights in your tent to make it look like you’re sleeping under the stars!
2. Try a camping recipe
Camping food is one of the best foods. Discover new camping recipes from the comfort of your full kitchen.
Check out our outdoor cooking blogs for inspiration!
3. Use your camping mugs
Get out your favorite camp mugs and make a cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate!
Enjoy it indoors or outdoors.
Do you have a camping chair? Pick it up, sit back and relax with your hot drink.
4.Make indoor s’mores
Camping and s’mores go hand in hand!
Indoor s’mores will give you a little taste of camping when you’re craving a camping adventure.
Instructions: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the graham crackers on the parchment paper, place the chocolate of your choice and a marshmallow on top of each cookie. Bake for 3-5 minutes or until golden brown. Top off your s’more with another graham cracker and savor the moment!
5. Watch the sunrise or sunset
Watching the sunrise or sunset is always a highlight of a camping trip. Find the sunrise and sunset times in your area and set an alarm to get outdoors and appreciate the variety of colors in your backyard.
Check out this sunrise and sunset calculator!
6. Flip through your photos from previous camping trips.
Relive your camping memories through your photos.
Take some time to sort out your camping photos and maybe print a few for the refrigerator or set one as a background on your device!
Share your favorite photos of Ontario parks with us on social media by tagging @OntarioParks.
7. Listen to the sounds of nature.
Close your eyes and think about the sounds you hear while camping. What comes to mind?
Maybe it’s the birds chirping in the morning as you start to wake up or the frogs chirping in the distance as you sit around the campfire during the spring.
Listening to the sounds of nature will surely make you feel like you are outdoors. Take some time to listen to nature in your backyard or pull out your headphones and tune in to some soundscapes from all of Ontario’s parks here.
8. Play board or card games around a flashlight.
Gather your favorite board games or a deck of cards.
Turn on your camp lantern and turn off the lights for that perfect camping atmosphere.
Grab your camping spoons for a fun round of Spoons or keep it classic with Crazy Eights!
9. Learn a new campfire song or tell campfire stories.
Listening to songs and stories around a campfire is a quintessential camping experience.
Dust off your guitar and learn new campfire songs. Tell your favorite campfire story or perhaps write new stories to share.
Why not plan a campfire video call with some friends or family and take turns singing songs or telling stories? Break out your Ontario Parks hoodie and a camping blanket to set the scene.
10. Identify things in your backyard
Connect with nature and learn about the plants and animals that call your backyard home!
Look up and down, in leaves and under trunks to discover the biodiversity of your backyard or balcony.
Download the iNaturalist app to help you identify and submit your sightings!
11. Paint or draw your favorite scene from Ontario parks.
Get out your art supplies and channel your inner artist!
Paint or draw your favorite camping scene, your memory, or even a natural element in your home or backyard.
Check out this blog to try a nature journal.
12. Go stargazing!
Turn your eyes to the sky and gaze at the stars! After the sun sets, head out to your backyard or balcony with your sleeping bag to see the wonders of the night sky.
Do you want to learn more about astronomy? Check out these astronomy blogs.
How do you bring parks into your living room?
Share your indoor camping adventures with us on social media by tagging @OntarioParks!