Camping In My Backyard During The Coronavirus Outbreak

Camping in your own backyard is a great way to prepare yourself for a bicycle tour. After all, camping in a tent and sleeping outside under the stars is just one of the many aspects of traveling long distances on a bicycle. Therefore, the more comfortable you become with the camping experience before your bike tour begins, the more comfortable you will be once you eventually hit the road on your bicycle touring adventure.

During this detailed video, you can watch as I (Darren Alff – the Bicycle Touring Pro) camp in my own backyard in Camarillo, California and walk you through the process of setting up your campsite, learning how to set up your tent, testing out your camping gear, and getting comfortable with the overall camping experience.

Watch this video from beginning to end and you will discover:

  • Why it’s so important to be comfortable with the camping experience.
  • Why you should practice setting up your tent multiple times.
  • Why I recommend leaving your hammer/axe at home.
  • The biggest mistakes I see first-time bicycle tourists making.
  • How to safely secure your bicycle and your belongings at night when you’re sleeping.
  • Why it’s so important to test your sleeping pad and sleeping bag before your bike tour.
  • How to organize your belongings inside your tent.
  • How to double your bike lights as your tent light(s) as well.
  • Plus, a whole lot more.

Click here to watch the video and see for yourself how valuable it is to go camping in your own backyard as a means of preparing for your own long-distance bicycle touring adventures.

Products Featured In This Video

red white and black co-motion siskiyou bicycle

Co-Motion Cycles Siskiyou Touring Bicycle

My Co-Motion Cycles Sisikyou touring bicycle is equipped with a Pinion gearbox, the Gates Carbon Drive System and 650 wheels and tires.

Tubus Cargo Evo Rear rack

Tubus Cargo Evo Rear Rack

The Tubus Cargo Evo is the world’s best rear rack for bicycle touring adventures of every length and difficulty. This high-end steel bike rack is perfect for use on bicycles equipped with 26 inch and 700c wheels and tires and will fit on just about any bicycle equipped with rear eyelets.

Tubus front rack for bicycle touring

Tubus Tara Lowrider Front Rack

The Tubus Tara Lowrider front bicycle rack is one of the best and most well-trusted front bicycle racks in the world.You need to buy this rack if you also plan to use the Tubus Front Kickstand.

front bicycle kickstand

Tubus Front Kickstand

Keep your bicycle balanced and upright with the Tubus front kickstand. This lightweight kickstand mounts to the Tubus Tara Lowrider front rack and allows you to park your bicycle with ease.


Planet Bike Front & Rear Fenders

I use a set of inexpensive 26 inch fenders produced by Planet Bike to product my bicycle from rain, mud, snow and other debris kicked up by the road as I pedal my bicycle.


Ortlieb Bike-Packer Plus Rear Panniers

The Ortlieb Bike-Packer Plus panniers are my favorite bicycle touring bags. They’re large enough to carry all my gear, completely waterproof, and good looking.


Ortlieb Sport-Packer Plus Front Panniers

Ortlieb Sport-Packer Plus panniers are perfect, waterproof bicycle touring panniers for the front of your bicycle.


Ortlieb Ultimate 6 Handlebar Bag

The Ortlieb Ultimate6 Handlebar Bag is one of my most-commonly used pieces of gear. I use this large handlebar bag to carry my wallet, cameras, and various bicycle tools. When I go into a supermarket or leave my bicycle for any length of time, my handlebar bag comes with me.

Big Agnes Bike Touring Tent

Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL 1-Man Tent

The Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL is a small, lightweight tent that feels pretty big inside once you set it up. I bought this tent several years ago because of how small and light it is and it has turned out to be my favorite bicycle touring tent ever. Highly recommended!

Orange REI Sleeping Pad

REI Flash Sleeping Pad

You’re going to love the REI Flash sleeping pad: a small, lightweight and comfortable inflatable sleeping pad designed for backpacking, bikepacking and bicycle touring adventures.

bliue winter sleeping bag

Marmot Sawtooth Sleeping Bag

The Marmot Sawtooth sleeping bag is a medium-grade wintertime sleeping bag that is perfect for cold-weather bike tours. The Sawtooth is a down sleeping bag rated for temperatures of more than 15 degrees Fahrenheit (or -9.4 Celcius).

Ready To Start Bike Touring?

If want to go bicycle touring, but don’t yet know how to get started, I highly recommend you read my how-to book, “The Bicycle Touring Blueprint.” This 400-page workbook will walk you through the entire bike touring process from beginning to end and teach you everything you need to know in order to conduct your own short or long-distance bicycle touring adventures anywhere in the world.

This is the book that has helped thousands of people from all around the world learn how to conduct their own life-changing bike tours… and this is the book that can help you learn to travel by bicycle as well.

This is also the book that recommends, as one of its many strategies, that you practice camping in your own backyard before you go off on a long bike tour and attempt to camp that kind of environment. The book is filled with tons of other valuable tips and strategies for bicycle touring success as well!

Pick up a copy of “The Bicycle Touring Blueprint” right now at and start planning your dream bike tour today! The book is available as both a PDF ebook and a paperback book that can be sent to you in the mail.

5 thoughts on “Camping In My Backyard During The Coronavirus Outbreak

  1. Greg Huffman says:

    I love watching ur videos
    I did alottttttt of biking in Alaska and I gave tours on survival both winter and summers
    Ur videos bring the simple life back that the newer generation needs to appreciate
    Take care
    Greg Huffman

  2. Derek says:

    En.joyed your backyard video with great ideas which I use car camping.
    Good to see your Dad (and dog) as well

  3. Tamra says:

    Hi Darren enjoy your videos. I’ve been camping in my yard for weeks now and pretending that I’m on tour it’s Great fun and Does prepare you for future travels on bike touring.

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