This coming Saturday, June 25, marks a very special holiday: the National Wildlife Federation's seventh annual Great American Backyard Campout. Although the event is meant to release youngsters from the clutches of PlayStation for a little QT in the great outdoors, there's no reason adults can't observe it, too. If there weather cooperates and you actually have a backyard to camp in, why not head out back with a bottle of biodynamic wine and a supply of mosquito repellent to spend a romantic night under the stars?
Personally, I won't be camping out on my Brooklyn rooftop this weekend as I'll be in L.A., roughing it in a rustic-kitsch hotel and reporting from Dwell on Design. But if you're planning to set up glamp for the night in your backyard this weekend or any other weekend (it's National Camping Month, btw), here's a dozen Mother Nature- and Phyllis Nefler-approved items — from campfire-scented candles to monoculars for backyard birding — to consider packing before you make the arduous journey from your bedroom to your backyard. For more Great American Backyard Campout gear suggestions check out my post from last year and don't forget MNN food blogger Robin Shreeves' healthy snack suggestions.
Veneerware Party Kit @ Branch ($68/service for 8)
Eco-Friendly Cotton Hammocks @ Seven Hopes United ($48)
Sparrow & Co. Campfire Candle @ Terrain ($38)
Camp Lantern @ CB2 ($14.95)
Starlight Starscope @ Pylones ($50)
Bicycle Eco Playing Card Deck @ Daytrip Society ($4.50)
Crank Solar Radio @ Kikkerland ($38)
Zoomart Monocular by Odoardo Fioravanti @ A+R Store ($48)
Grand Canyon National Park Blanket @ Pendleton Woolen Mills ($168)
Soji Solar String Lights @ Daytrip Society ($39)
Thomas Paul Melamine Plates @ The Curiosity Shoppe ($32/4)