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Camping is one of the go-to summer activities for families. There really is nothing better than sitting outside around a campfire and sleeping under the stars. Realistically, it doesn’t always work to head to a campsite far from home – especially with little ones. Camping in the backyard might not seem as fun as actually being away from home but these ideas are sure to make it a fun family staycation for everyone!

family staycation tips


1.  Set up your tent in a back corner of your yard to give the illusion of being on a campsite.

2.  Energizer Vision Headlights are great for those middle of the night bathroom runs into the house. No one has to worry about tripping on a lawn chair or missing a step! (These headlights are up to 4X brighter than standard LED technology) 

energizer headlights

3.  Take out some games – yard games like Bocci ball or Yardzee are great family games that are played outside. Playing games together as a family will get everyone together laughing and having fun.

yardzee backyard game

4.  Having a lamp in the tent is great when it is time to put the kids to bed or when they are settling down to read. If you use Energizer MAX long-lasting batteries you will not have to worry about running out of light. (These batteries hold their power for up to 10 years while in storage, so you can trust them to have power when you need it most)

camping bunkbeds and lamp

5.  Pack food just as you would when heading to a campsite. Have a cooler out beside the tent so you don’t have to run back and forth to the house.

Delicious food makes camping all the more enjoyable. Here are some easy camping desserts that are sure to make your backyard family staycation the best!


All you need is chocolate covered shortbread cookies and your roasted marshmallow – the thin layer of chocolate melts easily with no worry of the chocolate falling out! These are our family favorite!

The best easy s'mores that everyone will love

Another favorite is the cherry pies made using a pie iron, all you need is cherry pie filling, bread and butter – they are a treat the whole family will enjoy!


pie iron cherry pies

Energizer products mentioned in this post can be purchased at Walmart.  Thank you to Energizer for sponsoring this content.


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Ivan B

Sunday 14th of August 2016

Something for roasting hotdogs

Amber Y

Sunday 14th of August 2016

I would buy a tent, a few flashlights, an outdoor fire pit and lots of hot dogs & marshmallows for roasting!!

Marsha Arditti

Sunday 14th of August 2016

I would buy a new barbeque

Mary Lou MacKenzie

Sunday 14th of August 2016

I'd buy a hammock, a patio swing, and a BBQ for my backyard #funfamilystaycation if I won a $500 Walmart Gift Card! Sure would love to win this great prize. Thanks Walmart! #ENERGIZEYOURSUMMER

Lynda Cook

Sunday 14th of August 2016

Leftover spaghetti is awesome done in the pie irons as well, so good, we love using our pie irons, especially the hot dog ones, yum, yum!!!