Families offered camping solution during coronavirus pandemic

Queenslanders encouraged to have an adventure at home this Easter.

You don’t have to give up on a family fun this Easter despite travel being off limits.

Travel restrictions enforced by the government because of the risk of spreading the coronavirus (COVID-19) means traditional Easter camping trips have been cancelled this year.

The Caravan Industry Association of Australia (CIAA), which says more than 300,000 Australians camp over Easter, has launched its Camp at Home Heroes initiative as an alternative. 

Camp at Home Heroes is designed to allow Australians of all ages to observe the travel and social distancing restrictions but still engage in fun activities at home and  share those experiences via social media to engage with families all over Australia.

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CIAA’s Keelan Howard said with more than 711,000 registered camper trailers, campervans, caravans, motorhomes and other RVs not going anywhere this Easter, it was a great opportunity to set up camp at home. 

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He said camping at home could mean a backyard tent, a caravan in the driveway, or something as simple as a home-made cubby in the living room.

“Remaining positive and trying to continue some normality in our lives is more important than ever in these challenging times,” Mr Howard said.

“Camping offers so many benefits to our health both physically and mentally, and these benefits can still be enjoyed from your own home.”

To get involved, families should visit the Let’s Go Caravan and Camping Facebook page for competitions and tips to camp at home and to share videos and pictures images with the tags #holidayathome and #campathomeheroes.

With social distancing rules in place, Camp at Home Heroes is designed for you to enjoy with the people who live in your house only. Make sure you follow government regulations and don’t invite your friends or neighbours to join you. 

Fun activities for home campers:

  1. Star gazing:  If you’re lucky enough to have a backyard, set up some blankets and pillows outside, or if you don’t have a backyard you might be able to look for constellations from your balcony, driveway or out the window.
  2. Tell ghost stories by torchlight: Campfire ghost stories are a classic, but we definitely don’t recommend you start a campfire at home. Instead, you can use torchlight in your tent at home to create that spooky vibe. 
  3. Make a camping recipe: Camp cooking is one of the best parts of camping trips. We’ve put together a few ideas here that you can easily recreate at home to add some atmosphere to your holiday at home.
  4. Get crafty: Whether you’re a craft expert, a natural artist, or have never picked up a paintbrush in your life, arts and crafts have something for all ages and ability. It could be as simple as playdough or finger painting, or you could step it up with bigger projects like scrapbooking or making a map of your neighbourhood. Decorating Easter baskets is a great festive option too.
  5. Play camping games: Put the consoles away, we’re talking good old-fashioned campsite games. Cards, board games, and puzzles are great for inside, or if you’ve got space outside you can do things like lawn bowls, spotlight, or a backyard scavenger hunt.

Source: letsgocaravanandcamping.com.au