Well, folks, it's time once again to dig out the air mattresses from storage, recharge the flashlight batteries, and perfect your cicada portobello quiche recipe ... the Great American Backyard Campout is once again upon us.
As I've mentioned previously, this fresh air-celebrating, fundraising-optional event — this year, it falls on June 22 — is geared primarily to help release youngsters from the clutches of the Xbox (or whatever). According to event organizer the National Wildlife Federation, only 25 percent of kids play outside on a daily basis as opposed to 75 percent just a generation ago.
However, there's no reason that adults can't partake in the festivities, too. If the weather is kind enough to cooperate and you're lucky enough to be in posession of a private backyard to camp in, why not head outdoors with an adult beverage, Sexy Hotness Sleeping Bag, and an ample supply of mosquito repellent to spend a romantical night under the stars?
Below, you'll find 13 Mother Nature-approved —and I'd like to think Phyllis Nefler-approved — items ranging from cozy wool blankets to campfire-in-the-woods simulating incense to the greatest spooky story collection ever committed to print. All are worth taking along with you on the arduous journey from your bedroom to your backyard camp site. And for even more Great American Backyard Campout gear suggestions, check out my posts from both 2012 and 2011. The National Wildlife Federation also has plenty of helpful tips and tidbits to help you prep for spending a night underneath the starlit suburban sky.
Praxis Grip LED Flashlight @ A+R Store ($30)
In-Law Outlaw Tent @ Alite Designs ($175)
Stanley Flask @ Brook Farm General Store ($20)
"Scary Stories To Tell in The Dark" (the original!!) by Alvin Schwartz @Amazon.com (Various prices)
Survival Kit Sardine Can @ Daytrip Society ($14)
WakaWaka Power Solar Charger and Lamp @ WakaWaka ($79)
Lifefactory Glass Bottle with Flip-Top Cap and Sleeve - 22 oz @ Vine.com ($24.99)
Mayfly Chair @ Alite Designs ($100)
Log Head Rest + Platanus @ Kikkerland ($19.50)
Cedar Campfire Incense @ Juniper Ridge ($12)
Faribault Virgin Wool Buffalo Check Blanket @ Kaufmann Mercantile ($99)
BioLite Portable Grill @ BioLite ($59.95)
Binocular Melamine Plate @ Daytrip Society ($8.95)