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The Perfect Backyard Staycation

There's no doubt that staying at a fancy resort with top-notch amenities is a wonderful time. But with what if you could create a vacation experience just as fun and relaxing — and half the price — all from the comfort of your home? That's right, we're talking about a backyard staycation!

The tips and tricks in this guide will convince you that sometimes, staying home is the best way to get away.

How to Create Your Own Backyard Staycation

How you set up your backyard staycation is completely up to you, but we have a few suggestions that will take your stay from fun to fantastic. Let's start with a few basics that will have you experiencing fun in the sun in no time...

Clean, Clear Pool Water

A clean, clear, and healthy pool

Poolside Drink

Delicious food and fun drinks

Patio Furniture

Stylish and relaxing patio furniture

Pool Basketball and Volleyball

Pool games, floats, and accessories

Outdoor Lighting

Outdoor lighting and entertainment

The Perfect Staycation Pool

Your pool is the centerpiece of your backyard oasis, so keeping it in tip-top shape is key to having a great staycation. Whether your pool season is beginning soon, has just begun, or is already in full swing, proper pool prep is key to maximizing your enjoyment. Leslie’s Pool Care Checklist is the perfect place to turn to if you want to be certain you’ve done everything necessary.

PRO TIP: Regularly testing your pool water chemistry is one of the most important aspects of pool maintenance. Bring a water sample into your local Leslie's for our FREE 10-point AccuBlue® water test service. You'll receive accurate results and a customize treatment plan in just 60 seconds.

Snack, Sip, and Swim

One of the best parts of going on a vacation is indulging in delicious food and drinks. And there's no reason you can't enjoy some of your favorite treats just because you're going on a staycation!

floating cooler for your backyard staycation

We recommend setting up a bar for your at-home holiday. Find a convenient area and stock it with your family’s favorite beverages and drink ingredients. Learn how to make a tasty new drink, so you can enjoy something that is usually reserved for when you travel. Go all out and adorn your bar area with tropical decorations to really set the vibe — don’t forget the paper umbrellas to put in your drink glasses.

Nobody wants to run to the store during a vacation, so plan ahead and stock your fridge and pantry with your favorite foods and snacks. Be sure to add at least one special meal to the menu — maybe one that pairs perfectly with your newly learned cocktail.

Want to take some of that deliciousness to the pool? An inflatable cooler allows you to do plenty of snacking and sipping without getting out of the water.

PRO TIP: You might be spending a lot of time at your grill during your backyard staycation, so make sure you’ve got enough charcoal briquettes and/or propane to handle the job.

Decor Galore

For most of us, a vacation — or staycation in this instance — is a chance to escape the stress of everyday life and find time to relax. And relaxing properly requires the right elements, like comfortable furniture. The right patio pieces can be just what you need to let your stresses melt away!

Adults aren't the only ones who need a reprieve from the daily grind sometimes. Keep kids cool and comfy with a colorful, inflatable glitter chair.

Don't let fun-in-the-sun turn into a not so fun sunburn! In addition to using plenty of SPF, escape the sun whenever possible with the help of a stylish umbrella and stand.

Play the Day Away

floating golf set for swimming pool

As nice as it is to relax during your staycation, it’s also important to find time for fun. Whether you prefer sports or games, or the joy of simply splashing around on a pool float, the options are plentiful. For those with a competitive side, shoot some hoops in the pool or practice your golf swing from the lawn.

If you prefer to stay dry, a stacking block game that resembles one that rhymes with “benga” never disappoints. And there’s nothing more tried and true than simply pulling out a deck of cards and enjoying your favorite solo or group game.

Check out some more games that will surely bring entertainment long after your backyard staycation ends. And for those looking to a little more relaxation, and a lot less action, there's a comfy pool float or lounge for that.

PRO TIP: After you’re done enjoying the toys, games, floats, and other items, keep your patio area clean and tidy with a large deck box. These boxes are handy and stylish to have in your yard.

Vacation Vibes

Staying home for your time off is great, but it’s important to still add as many unique touches as possible to make it feel like a special experience. Another way to do that is with outdoor lighting and entertainment features.

Outdoor lighting can transform an entire backyard by itself. Add some vibrant color, or go with a rustic look with some stylish mason jar lights. You can also add lighted pool accessories like floats and lightshows to your outdoor space. Turn off the rest of the lights in and around your house, and enjoy your backyard in a new, fun way.

Add to the vibe by playing your favorite music. But don’t just settle for your phone’s speaker to deliver the tunes. The right Bluetooth speaker — large or small — can provide the sound to allow you and your family to truly lose yourselves in a familiar space.

Bonus Backyard Staycation Ideas

  • Plan a picnic. If you’ve got a nice yard out back, or even a nearby park, pack a basket and enjoy a meal on a blanket in the grass. It’s probably something you haven’t done in a while, and it’s pretty enjoyable.
  • Watch your favorite movie. Break out some popcorn and candy, and allow the magic of movies to take you away. Host a "swim-in" movie night with a giant inflatable screen!
  • Stay in and order takeout. Order takeout and let someone else worry about doing the dishes for a night.
  • Unplug. Leave the technology inside and enjoy an unplugged day in the sunshine and water.

Packing up and checking into a beautiful resort is a special treat. But there is something to be said for leaving the suitcases where they are and simply staying home. Turn your backyard into a fantastic getaway with some of our easy tips and tricks. If you have any questions, stop by your local Leslie’s!

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