Soaking in the fresh mountain air while staring off into the wild yonder is great, but after about ten minutes you’re going to be itching for something to do.
Whether you’re camping with the family or a group of friends, it helps to plan ahead with a few activities for the adults.
We’re not advocating for a structured schedule — that nonsense should go out the window as soon as you lose cell coverage — but having a few activities up your sleeve is a good way to ensure nobody succumbs to campsite fever.
Everyone has a slightly different picture of the perfect camping trip, so we’ve put together an eclectic list of activities to satisfy all types of campers.
For adventure-hungry explorers to campsite loungers, nostalgic souls to modern glampers, and of course all you party game enthusiasts, here are 45 camping activities and games that’ll deliver a kick-ass camping trip that all of the adults will enjoy.
It doesn’t get any simpler than kicking back and quietly appreciating the cosmic wonders of the night sky. Try downloading a stargazing app to your phone ahead of time to enhance your experience.
Take a moment to think about your favorite camping memories, and chances are one of them will involve campfire cuisine.
Keep it simple with marshmallows, hot dogs, and s’mores, or kick it up a notch with tin foil dinners. Whether you’re simmering something delicious all day or whipping up a killer peach cobbler after dinner, a dutch oven makes it easy to cook delicious meals while you’re enjoying other camping activities.
BBQ fan? Bring a campfire grate to cook burgers, chicken, and veggies directly over the fire. For dessert, wrap some bread dough around a broomstick, cook it over the fire, then add your favorite fruit toppings with a pinch of sugar.
Campfire stories are a classic camping activity. Whether you’re looking for ghost stories, tales of adventure, or funny anecdotes, just turn to your camping buddies for entertainment.
For a modern twist on campfire stories, download an audiobook or podcast to share with your friends. Just be sure to bring a good Bluetooth speaker, like the waterproof Bose SoundLink Revolve+ or JBL Flip 4.
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