The Lazy Guide to Camping

Camping may be a treasured pastime for some, but it’s certainly not for all of us. If the great outdoors aren’t your thing, don’t fret — you can still enjoy the camping experience. Rather than deal with a face full of mosquitoes and the cold wake-up, camp in a way that appeals to your domestic sensibility.

Skip all the hard stuff such as scavenging for firewood and trying to cram your backpack full of supplies. Instead, try this lazy guide to camping.

Pitch a tent in the family room
Sleeping in a tent is a lot more relaxing when you don’t have to worry about being a grizzly bear’s midnight snack. Besides, telling the same old ghost stories around a campfire doesn’t compare to watching horror movies on HBO.

For the true faux camping experience, cook dinner on the grill and take a quick hike through the backyard. Then prop your tent open right in your living room. If you don’t have a tent, consider making an old-fashioned blanket fort.

Cook camp food indoors
It’s OK that you never learned how to start a fire, because odds are you can still handle making s’mores and banana boats in the oven. Portable dinners are another camp food that you can easily make at home, and they  provide a more substantial meal.

If all that sounds too time-consuming, heat up a microwave dinner and call it a day. Finally, if all else fails, you can’t go wrong with gnawing on all the beef jerky and granola bars you can find.

Plug in the RV
If you’re on a campsite, it’s still technically camping, right? Just because your RV is equipped with a flat-screen TV, a fridge loaded with food and beer, working plumbing and a roof deck doesn’t mean you’re not roughing it.

So go ahead — plug in the camper and enjoy watching TV outdoors and laugh at the other guys struggling to set up their tents.