Fun camping activities that get the whole family moving is one of the reasons why camping is such a great bonding experience. Being in nature and using your electronic gadgets less gives you a healthy break from the daily routines.
Instead of being focused on your social media notifications and what’s next on TV, camping encourages you to do activities together with the group, without any screens. You’ll be surprised by how many activities you can do together on a camping trip.
Camping is a chance for kids to learn to admire nature, play in the fresh air and explore their adventurous side. The very same goes for adults, too.
Whether you are with a group of friends or if it’s a family camping trip, the great outdoors offers you plenty of options for things to do. And the bonus is that most of the activities are healthy.
Here, I will let you in on my favorite camping activities, whether it is with the kids or just with friends. These activities can be fun for anyone at any age and require little preparation. This way you have no excuse to not get active during your camping trip.
Fun Camping Activities for Kids
Let’s start with the little ones. After all, they’ll be needing the most attention.
TV, video games and social media have given our kids non-stop entertainment at their fingertips. So, what happens when you’re on a campsite with bad signal and no wi-fi? You’ll have to have a few tricks up your sleeve to keep them from yelling for their cellphone and laptops.
No worries, I’ve got some great tried and tested camping activities that you can do with your kids. The hours will fly by.
1. Water Activities in a Lake
I remember my summer camping trips with my grandparents where we’d go to a lakeside campsite. We’d spend almost two weeks at the same campsite every year, and I’d still not get bored of swimming in the lake.
The summer is a great time to go camping. Flowers are in bloom, forests are green, and the waters are warmer.
If you want a foolproof way to keep your kids busy on a camping trip then definitely look for campsites next to a lake. The kids will be in their swimming suits all day and every day.
It doesn’t take much to keep children entertained in the water. However, it’s always more fun with a few props. Bring snorkeling gear to look at the small fishes and sparkling stones underwater. Pack a few inflatable balls that can float for games in the water.
Bring a floatie or swimming tubes if you’re kids are not skilled swimmers. This way they can get used to being in the water for longer periods. The floaties will give them and you a greater sense of security.
Some campsites will also have a canoe rental. This is a fun activity for older kids and a great work out, too.
2. Go On a Photo Safari
If your kids love animals, why not let them go exploring for creatures during a hike?
All you need is a guidebook on the local flora and fauna and a camera. Your cellphone camera will work, too. You don’t need a signal to take photos.
Pack a small backpack with snacks and water to keep you hydrated and energized on the hike. Then set out with the kids in searches for animals like deer, hares, owls and any other creature that are native in the area.
You can make the hike more exciting by making a list of all the animals you want to find. This way, you make the hike feel like a mission. Kids will love the sense of achievement they get when they finally snap a photo of the animal you’ve been looking for.
You can also include special types of trees and plants on the list. They’re a good filler for areas that don’t have too much wildlife.
3. Campfire Games
You cannot go on a family camping trip without a few campfire activities. Of course, there are the classic pass times of making s’mores and telling scary ghost stories. But there are other campfire games, too.
You don’t even need to haul along a box of props to have a good time around a campfire. You can play simple games that are made so much more cozy, just by doing them next to a campfire. Think of games like truth or dare, forbidden word, and name that tune.
For older kids, or you and your adult friends, you should play a game of werewolf. This is a game whereby two teams, werewolves, and villagers, play against each other. The catch is that nobody knows who is telling the truth and who is lying in this strategic mystery game.
Fun Camping Activities for the Adventurous Type
If being back in nature gets you exhilarated then go and get your adrenaline rush with a few adventurous activities.
4. Extreme Water Sports
Look for campsites near white water rafting sites for when you are in a large group. This is an adrenaline rush for both beginners and seasoned rafters.
You can also do other water sports like water-skiing, zipping around on jet skis or even surfing if you are close to the sea.
5. Adventure Activities
If you’d prefer to stay dry, then there are still plenty of adventure sports for you. Mountain-biking is fun on any track. You can go horseback riding if there is a riding school nearby.
Another fun group activity is to go to an adventure site. These places will have activities such as zip lining, rock climbing, and quad bikes.
If you are with a large group, then you can make the day a friendly competition. The team that did the best overall won’t have to cook dinner or do the dishes that night.
Camping Activities for a Rainy Day
Being out in nature means you are also left to the whims of Mother Nature. If Mother Nature decides that it should rain, then you will have to entertain yourself somewhere inside and dry.
It is always a smart idea to have a covered space by your tents. Either look for an extension for your tent where you can huddle around with a few people or get a small marquee.
If you are camping with an RV, then this isn’t something you have to worry about. In case you don’t have a covered space by your tent, look for campsites that have communal spaces like a canteen or game room.
Take the rainy day as your lazy day. If you’re camping for several days or even weeks, then your body also deserves a break from all the activities. Instead, spend a rainy day trying to get to know each other better.
Aside from your body getting a boost from all the exercise you do during camping, your relationships are given a boost, too. Don’t underestimate the power of having a good circle of people around you. At home, seeing your friends and family might get put lower on the list because of work and chores. By going on a camping trip, you get to catch up on lost time without any distractions.
6. Play Group Games
When it’s pouring outside, you can still have some fun. Have a board game tournament, play a few rounds of poker or try charades to get everybody laughing.
7. Enjoy Some Quiet Time
You can also take this chance to relax. Find a cozy spot in your tent for some quiet time. Finally, start on that book that you’ve always wanted to read but never got to.
You can also try to meditate. The nature sounds and raindrops will help to clear your mind.
Camping is healthy because of all the outdoor activities, but it can also do your mental health some good if you practice a little consciousness. Take the time to de-stress from all the responsibilities and to-do lists at home. Instead, just be grateful that you get the chance to relax in nature, even when it’s raining outside.
These are my favorite things to do on a camping trip. Do they sound fun to you?
You probably noticed that being near water plays a big part in my favorite camping activities. If you don’t get the chance to go camping near a lake or river, then there are still plenty of other options.
Keep these camping activities in mind while you are planning your trip. This will help you decide on which campsite to choose.