For many people, going camping and being out in nature is enough fun, but many people opt for something more to do while camping. Maybe just planning the trip, packing for camping, traveling, setting up camp, and all that it entails is enough for you. And perhaps you’d like to sit down and read a book or do some birdwatching.
But for those who quickly get bored, or like to remain more active, or for children who need something to entertain them regularly, there are also many great ideas and activities that you can do while you’re out camping.
Here are some fun camping activities for your next outing:
You can bring playing cards, Pokemon cards, Magic, or similar card games you enjoy when you go camping. Be sure you bring a tent light or flashlights for playing after dark.
Word games are simple, low impact, and fun when camping. This can be an excellent way to wind down after a long day of doing other physical activities.
Just like card games, board games can be a lot of fun, too. Be careful of small pieces, especially with young children, but bring along your favorite board games and you can all sit around the campsite and play together.
If you like to get physical and play sports, then there are several things you can easily bring with you camping. You can play games like capture the flag, tug-of-war, Frisbee, and ball tosses without needing to bring many things with you.
You can also play kids’ games like tag, Red Rover, Truth or Dare, or similar. Although we call them “children’s games,” people of all ages can enjoy them.
Another great idea when camping is to do some exploratory activities. You can identify plants or do nature collection and keep a journal or log of the things you see. You can also try to spot wildlife and birds.
Some additional ideas that you may enjoy are photography, scavenger hunts, nature sketching or journaling, geocaching
Some relaxing activities include meditation, nature walks, hammock time, naps, beach walks, cloud watching, outdoor yoga, mindfulness, etc.
Roasting marshmallows over the fire, telling ghost stories, and making s’mores are classic camping activities. You can also play music or sing, take night walks, or play flashlight tag.
You can do stargazing and try to spot the constellations in the sky. And you can try midnight swimming (if done safely) or play with glowsticks.
You can do all of these games and activities whether you are camping in a tent or an RV. When you take some time to plan, you can pack the supplies or games needed to bring along and have a good time while camping.
In addition to these activities you can bring or plan for yourselves, you can also check with the campsite to see what recreational activities and amenities they may have. Many public parks and official campgrounds have great activities or spaces for their campers. If you’re unsure, all you need to do is call them or research online to see what is offered before you go.
Some campsites have the following:
- Tennis courts
- Basketball courts
- Golf or driving range
- Horseshoe pits
- Horseback riding
- Bike rentals
- Guided hiking or tours
- Playground equipment
- Arcade room
Now that you know these fun camping activities for your next outing, you can ensure that everyone on your camping trip always has something to do and keep them occupied. This is especially helpful for children who may get bored more quickly or not be content with just enjoying quiet time in the great outdoors.