Yesterday, MNN family blogger Jenn Savedge posted a reminder that in just a couple of weeks the National Wildlife Federation will once again be hosting a very special holiday in the form of the the eighth annual Great American Backyard Campout. As I've mentioned before, although the event — it's on June 23 — is meant to release youngsters from the clutches of the PlayStation for a little QT in the great outdoors, there's no reason that adults can't observe it, too. If the weather cooperates and you actually have a backyard to camp in, why not head out back with an adult beverage, a good book, and a supply of mosquito repellent to spend a romantic night under the stars?
Below, you'll find a dozen Mother Nature- and Phyllis Nefler-approved items — from recycled glass lanterns to portable record players to the requisite flashlight — to consider packing before you make the arduous journey from your bedroom to your backyard to set up glamp. For more Great American Backyard Campout gear suggestions, check out my posts from both 2011 and 2010 and don't forget MNN food blogger Robin Shreeves' healthy snack suggestions.
Recycled Glass Lanterns @ West Elm ($5.99 - $25)
Adventure Matches @ The Curiosity Shoppe ($3.50)
Bobble 24/7 @ Bobble ($9.99)
Reusable Yellow Dinner Napkins @ CB2 ($29.95)
Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Sleeping Pad @ Big Agnes ($79.95 -$129.95
Classic Audubon Bird Call @ Daytrip Society ($8)
Crosley CR6016A Spinnerette Portable Record Player @ Crosley Radio ($149.95)
Tourne Wool Blanket - Dark Natural with Red Stripe @ Brook Farm General Store ($195)
Night Sky Star Dial - Mini @ REI ($7.50
Kikkerland Flat Flashlight @ Kikkerland ($6)
"Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys Camp Fire Stories" by Carolyn Keene and Franklin W. Dixon @ Amazon.com (various prices)
Citronella Torch/Refill @ Big Dipper Wax Works ($16/$16.50)