High camp: 12 must-haves for The Great American Backyard Campout '11
Partaking in the Great American Backyard Campout this weekend? Don't forget your monoculars, picnic-y melamine plates and Field Notes memo pad for any attempts at bad, nature-inspired poetry.
Tue, Jun 21 2011 at 2:00 PM
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)
Sparrow & Co. Campfire Candle @ Terrain
Camp Lantern @ CB2
Starlight Starscope @ Pylones
Zoomart Monocular by Odoardo Fioravanti @ A+R Store
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