We’ve been camping in our garden in recent times. Keen campers when the kids were young, we’ve had less time and desire to do this over the last few years. We’ve not camped this early on in the season for 5 years, but the combination of fine weather and the lockdown tempted us to pitch our tent over the lovely Easter weekend.
Having really enjoyed our camping adventure, I wanted to highlight some benefits of garden camping (and a few cons).
Pros of garden camping
- The toilet block is not far, is clean, has toilet rolls and no spiders
- The shower block is not far, clean, has toilet rolls and no spiders – in addition has no queue and the temperature is easy to regulate
- Quick and easy to get a cup of tea in the morning (or at any time)
- No danger of noisy campsite neighbours
- The tent has WIFI connection
- You get to choose the prime pitch
- Saves money, time and effort
- Electrical hook-up is not required
- Reduced chance of having to put your tent away wet – just wait for a dry time
- Easy to fetch anything you’ve forgotten or overlooked
- Can eat / cook whatever you like – not limited to basic camping food
- Washing up is easy – and no standing in the queue for the communal washing up facilities
- Can go in when you’ve had enough
- Can pick and choose who and when to sleep in the tent over a week – nights back in the warm house are an option!
- A change is as good as a break
- A little adventure and fun
- The kids sleep really well in a tent
- The tent provides an additional daytime refuge for reading and chilling
- Good clean family fun
- Your cat can come with you – ours is normally an outside cat, but she loved being inside the tent porch in her basket
You can see that we’ve really enjoyed our garden camping, making the most of the lockdown situation.
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We did identify a few cons though….
Cons of garden camping
- Some family members may require some initial persuasion / bribery
- Low ‘adventure score’
- It’s limited to the space you have in your garden
- It limits your garden space for frisbee, catch and any other garden games
- It can temporarily spoils your lawn
- You can still get rained on
- What would the neighbours say?!
- Your cat can come with you – the first night ours yelled and was scooting around in between the outer and inner tent layers in the middle of the night
We’ve taken up garden camping in recent times. The combination of fine weather and the lockdown tempted us to pitch our tent over the lovely Easter weekend. Having enjoyed our recent adventure, I wanted to highlight some benefits of garden camping. I hope some of these resonate with you.
Alas, the tent has now come down to allow the grass a little rest, but we’ll look forward to pitching it again sometime soon. Fingers crossed the weather stays kind.
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