It’s time to bring the outdoors in and make your living room your adventure base camp! Here are some ideas on how to “adventure” while you’re sheltering in place at home. They’re fun for the whole family, the next best thing to your mountain vacation in Truckee!
Grab your tent and “go camping”
Grab your tent, you’re going camping! It might seem silly, but it’s fun to get in the camping spirit by setting up your tent in your living room or backyard. Grab a stopwatch and have a “tent race” to see who can set can set up or take down your tent the fastest. Ready, set, go! This is a great activity to do with kids, plus, it teaches them how to set up the tent for your next camping trip!
Bring epic adventures to your living room
The Banff Film Festival is the premier mountain adventure festival. COVID-19 has put a damper on their world tour and seeing that most events have been canceled, they released a curated selection of films for you to watch online. You’ll laugh, cry, and feel inspired by these beautiful films of adventure around the world.
Or pick up a good read from Word After Word Books, Truckee’s local bookstore, and get immersed in an epic tale of adventure! Need a suggestion? Browse the sports and recreation picks or see what’s in the nature corner.
Here’s a classic feel-good activity that your whole family will enjoy. Relive the happy times of past camping trips with a bag of marshmallows. You can toast them over a few candles or even roast them in the oven in your camping cast iron. Raid your quarantine pantry to see what you have to make the ultimate smores. Chocolate, toasted coconut, caramel, crushed pretzels, graham crackers… is your mouth watering yet? Have fun and enjoy a tasty treat!
Stargaze & become an astronomer
Fewer cars on the road mean that you might be able to see more stars than usual. What constellations can you see from your home? Set your alarm for late at night when the night sky is at its darkest and adventure into the solar system.
You can also become an amateur astronomer by participating in the Globe at Night citizen science project that monitors the brightness of the night sky around the world. Teach your kids about the night sky and start doing citizen science!
Marie Kondo your gear closet
It’s time to organize your outdoor gear! This is something that is always on my to-do list but I never make time for it. Well, now we have time! Start by separating your gear by activity – camping, hiking, mountain biking, skiing – and organize it in labeled bins. Then, see what needs to be repaired or replaced, and make a list of items that are missing from your kit. Here are a few tips from Outside Magazine on how to organize your gear in a small space.
Once it’s safe to come play in the mountains, all you have to do is grab the bin you need and you’re ready to go!
Need to stock up on gear for your at-home adventures?
Support Truckee’s summer and winter sports and outdoor gear shops by ordering online. Many have online shops where you can order and ship directly to your home, or consider buying a gift card and save it for your next trip to Truckee. And browse all of Truckee’s online shopping to support small businesses from afar.
Siobhan traveled the American West as a National Park Ranger before setting down roots in Truckee. Outdoor adventure is her bread and butter and most days you can find her skiing, trail running, or backpacking. Follow along with her adventures on Instagram @siokenney.