When you’re looking for a fun way to unwind, nothing can beat the option – Camping. But, then again camping escapades may turn out to be mundane if you’re not well up on the things to do while camping! So, if you’re not sure what fun activities you can partake in when camping, then our article is here to back you up. In the following, we’ve brainstormed hundreds of camping activities to keep you entertained during a camping trip. So, now just sit back in comfort and scroll down to find out what to do on your next camping escapade.
Camping Activities: Around the Campsite
No doubt, you’ve chosen a suitable serene place as your camping spot. Surely there will be so much to sightsee and explore. But, once you arrive there being uncertain what to do is again a very common scenario. So, to ensure you make the most of your camping trip and leave the spot with a grin of satisfaction on your face, here are some of the most rewarding campsite activities for you.
Trekking: Trekking is one of the most intriguing activities one can involve himself in around nature. Similar to hiking trekking is like a walk through nature while exploring new things. But, it’s more on the fun side and lets you explore the surrounding nature more than typical hiking.
Relax in a hammock: Resting in a hammock beneath the open sky with nature all around you is more like you’re swinging in heaven! Make sure not to miss this divine experience on your camping trip. Although some campsites do have hammocks infixed in tress, it’s always a plus side to having one with you on the way.
Tailor a Rope Swing: Rope Swing is another fun thing that is easy to tailor and fun to ride. The soothing breeze of the campsite will surely give you a great time while taking you back to your younger days when swinging on it.
Afternoon walks: Afternoon walks are always refreshing and that too amidst nature acts as a therapy. You can plug in your headphones or just listen to the birds chirping as you enjoy a slow walk through nature.
Climbing trees: This activity is quite underrated, to be honest, but trust us when we say that once you master climbing you will absolutely love the view of your camp area from above.
Chopping wood: During camps, setting up a campfire is a fun task which is even more fun when you cut your own woods. Alongside, it’s also great to burn fats.
Building mud castles: If you are fine with getting your hands messy then we suggest that you dig out some sand, add water to make a clay texture, and make castles. What better place to do this than the campsite!
Cooking outside: It is an exception to indoor cooking; a whole new experience. You can make the fire yourself from bricks or carry a stove with you.
Campfire: Campfires are a traditional element when it comes to camping. All you need is some woods and a source of fire like matchsticks. Place some benches around the fire and enjoy!
Rock climbing: If you spot rocks on your camping site that is climbable or have added accessories to them like ropes then you should give it a try. An experience of rock climbing can markedly uplift your overall camping experience.
Watch the Sunrise/Sunset: The hustle and bustle of city life don’t give us the chance to enjoy natural events like sunrise/sunset. So, once you’re there camping outside, make sure to witness with bare eyes.
Beach Camping Activities:
If you’re camping nearby beach areas then the things you can do apparently doubles. Along with the above mentions, you can take part in so many captivating activities that are sure to give a lifetime experience. Below we’ve rounded up the finest of them, let’s have a look.
Swimming: Swimming in the mighty waves of seawater is such a tranquil pastime that you can never get enough of it. If you’re camping around the beach, your camping won’t complete until you dive into that water.
Tubing: What can be more delightful than gliding over sea waves all by yourself? Thanks to tubing for availing that for us.
Water Skiing: Water skiing is a one-of-a-kind water sport that is popular across the world, during your beach camping you should give it a shot if the beach offers the equipment.
Kayaking: Kayaking gives you a sheer heavenly feeling as you glide among the sea waves while riding it. Kayaks are inflatable, so it’s again very easy for you to transport them to your campsite.
Rafting: If you’re there with a big group of adrenaline junkies, make sure to try rafting. You’ll have the time of your life, no question asked.
Surfing: Unlike previous water activities, surfing requires proper mastery, so if you’ve got the skill don’t forget to flaunt that.
Sunbathing: Sunbathing is a must-do when it comes to beach camping. Lay your body over the sand and let it soak ample vitamin D to strengthen your bones along with improving your sleep quality and overall health.
Befriend the seashore wildlife: Spare some time to sightsee the seashore habitant turtles, crab sea-snakes and ranges of coastal birds.
Collect sand dollars and seashells: Collecting sand dollars and seashells happen to be a hobby for many people. They work as a souvenir.
Snorkeling: Snorkeling lets you witness the sea life with your bare eyes. If you’re brave enough then you may try snorkeling during your beach camping.
Water Baseball: As you’re staying by the source of water, then why not play some game in it? A round of water baseball will surely give you a great time.
Witness Sunset from Boat: Being in the middle of the sea and seeing the sun drowning in it is so unworldly to explain in words. We highly recommend you to go for it.
Camping Activities for kids:
It is true that kids get bored very easily, but if they are guided right in the wilderness there can be thousands of sources of entertainment that they can rejoice. What are they? Here are some ways to keep them hooked-
Exploring nature: Camping outdoors amidst nature is more than just fresh air; it’s about exploring the surroundings and gaining knowledge. So, give your kids a chance to walk around and get to know nature all by themselves.
Spotting the objects: Another fun activity to do while observing the environment is looking out for assigned things. Simply get your kids to find things like a rose plant or mushrooms or anything that is present in that certain area.
Birds sighting: Camping is truly incomplete without the sweet songs of birds and their sudden appearance. Grab your kids a pair of binoculars and let them search through the clear sky for the visually pleasing birds.
Kite flying: Another thing associated with the sky is kites and it is no surprise to all that kids love kits-colorful ones! If the area is not crowded with trees and the wind howls for it then just let your kids go for it.
Be the baiter: The most typical camp memories are regarding fishing and why should it not be! The excitement and the waiting are all worth it! Kids only need a fishing rod for this with tiny worms as their baits and just wait.
Chalk twister: Chalk twister can be a good pastime for kids while enhancing their motor skills.
Stone-throwing: It might sound violent but it’s really stress-relieving even for adults! Kids can collect various stones and throw them into a river or lake aiming to throw them as far as possible.
Bouldering: Bouldering is simply free climbing up small rocks and unlike rock climbing, it doesn’t require any sort of ropes or harness. But having parental guidance while this activity is performed by kids on outdoor camps is highly suggested by us.
Obstacle passing: This might seem like exercise but it is actually quite fun. Lay some ladders or circles on the field and let your kids pass through them in a consistent pattern.
Drawing: Kids have the most imaginative minds among us all. So why not let them do what they are best at with the wilderness as their inspiration? A pen, paper, and maybe some coloring pencils are essentials that you should always carry when going outside camping.
Setting up the camp: Kids are great at being helping hands. Setting up camps is an opportunity for them to learn something new that might prove to be useful in the future.
Camping Activities for Adults
It’s not only the kids who look forward to camping times, the adults also desperately await for it in order to take a little break from their daily grind. But, unlike children, adults become bored if they run out of spine-tingling activities. Because at this age nothing but the adrenaline rush can keep them entertained. So, let’s get familiar with some nerve-wracking yet fun activities that you can take part in being an adult while camping.
Slacklining: Walking on a single rope is quite thrilling no doubt. All you need is to tie a strong rope around two trees and walk on it using one foot at a time. If you are worried about safety then we suggest you place something soft on the ground.
Freefall jump: To perform this, campers will stand on the edge of a high platform and leap to the ground for a relishing a thrilling free fall. This may sound silly, but once you’ve tried it, you’ll agree with us that it’s worth a go! However, don’t forget to lay anything soft on the ground.
Zip Lining: Zip lining can surely live up to your thirst for adrenaline rush. If the campsite has arrangements for it, we’d suggest you to try it out.
Night Hike: So, when your campsite doesn’t have any nerve-wracking game arrangement, then leaving for a night hike will make up for it.
Riflery: Riflery refers to the practice of shooting at a target with a rifle. So, if you have got a rifle and know the skill of using it, don’t miss out on a hunting session during your camping trip.
Tug-of-War: Tug-of-war is a super exciting game that requires nothing but some keen participants and a rope. Playing it in a muddy puddle makes it a lot more enjoyable.
Hiking: Hiking to the top of a mountain will surely give you a lifetime experience. The view from the top is just the cherry on top.
Tracking: This is the advanced version of hiking that requires you to move faster. Therefore, it is perfectly suitable for your fitting body and enthusiastic soul!
Flashlight tag: This is a classic game in which one individual hides and you need to find him in the dark using a flashlight. Yes, it’s similar to hide and seek but better!
Racing: This might seem too athletic but in an open area why miss out on the chance of running freely! To spice it all up you can set prices on the different positions obtained.
Scavenger hunt: It’s mainly an outdoor game so fits perfectly with camping. In this, you will need to collect miscellaneous objects with clues on each step that you react. Yes, it’s as fun as it sounds!
Maze running: If your camp area consists of a maze which some places do offer then why not try finding your way out? But don’t forget to carry a map before getting into one.
Camping Activities for The Whole Family
Camping does provide the opportunity to increase the bonding between families. Some activities can help your family to work and enjoy as a team together. Here are some of the activities that you can’t resist performing with your family.
Built campfire: Camping without a campfire seems incomplete to us. So get your kids to collect some sticks, build your own fire from stones like the early days, and indulge all the members in this act.
Cooking: Cooking in campsites is always exciting so why not do it together? Let some cut the vegetables as you grill the meat but be sure to keep the meal wholesome and easy to put together. It’s mostly about the bonding rather than the food.
Movies on the go: Imagine watching your favorite movie amidst the wilderness with your family! Sounds fun, doesn’t it? But how? Well, it’s quite simple as you can watch movies on any portable device like your phone, laptop, or even a mini projector.
Clicking pictures: The most effective way to capture memory is by clicking pictures. You can pose in different ways altogether or you can just take pictures of nature!
Geocaching: This is an outdoor treasure hunting game when one uses GPS to enable devices to find the location of the geocaching container hidden around by the other participants. The one finding the container will have to put it back to its original position.
Cornholes: This lawn interesting game requires the players to throw 16-ounce bags of corn kernels at a raised platform, aiming to drop them inside the hole while taking turns!
Horseshoes: As the name suggests this activity requires you to be equipped with horseshoes in order to toss them at stakes in the ground. The setup is quite easy as you will only need few things to rejoice in your family time.
Leaf crown-making: Making crowns out of fallen leaves will not only give you and your family a fun time but also let everyone channel their creative side in front of other members of the family.
Recalling good memories: Sitting with your family and recalling the good past memories while feasting or sipping your favorite drink is so priceless.
Campfire songs: Gather around a campfire with a musical instrument like a guitar or just singing freely to any song that all the family members are familiar with is again something absolutely precious.
Ghost stories: Not only do gossips and songs entertain you, stories also do it too. So, when night falls why not turn on that torch and enjoy ghostly plots? The Grandpa has a lot of them we are sure.
Boat rides: In camping areas boats are typically available. Get your family on the boat and row the boat one by one while enjoying the view!
Clean up: Camping sites are sometimes left dirty by other people beforehand so cleaning up the garbage or dirt will not only save the environment but also grow positive energy in the entire family.
Camping Activities for Inside-the-Tent Time
Be it for adverse weather or night falling or feeling like resting, we spend a great deal of time inside the tent while camping. So, what do we do at those times instead of just dozing? Here are the suggestions –
Card games: Carrying a deck of cards during camping opens up a wide range of games for your entertainment. From Uno to Solitaire to Slapjack and many more!
Board games: Cheese, monopoly, ouija, etc. are board games that are familiar to most of us so why not enjoy them while you’re staying inside the tent!
Truth or dare: Another game that you can play while sitting down is truth or dare. Spin a bottle so that it points towards any individual among your group and task him either with a truth or dare.
Pillow passing: As the name suggests in this game you are supposed to turn on music, stop in after certain intervals and the person who has the pillow at that very moment is out!
Charades: Guessing words that an individual will act out in front of you without speaking anything is all this is about.
Arm wrestling: While inside the, you can also play arm wrestling, for more fun set winning prices for each round!
Snuggle: The sole purpose of our camping is to take a break and relax a bit, so it should have proper and enough snuggle time.
Singing Aloud: Singing aloud the songs that are coming to your mind is going to make your mind lighter and heart happier.
Reading a book: Reading always gives us pleasure, but when you try it amidst the soothing ambiance of wilderness the pleasure touches another height.
Writing: If you’re into writing, this is your moment to unleash some precious lines if not the entire piece.
Recite: If you’re good at reciting then what are you waiting for? Recite your favorite verse aloud leaving nature as a witness.
Camping Activities for Night Time:
There are some activities that are best done at night and then again there are certain things that cannot be done when the sun is still shining; wondering as to what those activities are? Take a look at the list below to learn—
Stargazing: Want to get lost in the realm of stars? Stargazing is the way to go! If you can brave the cold and have the astronomy goodies with you, you wouldn’t want to deprive yourself of the joy of stargazing at night while camping!
Soaking Moonlight: There’s no better way of unwinding than taking a moon bath while camping. Not only does it help cool down the excess heat of the body, but it also does a great job of preventing diseases such as migraines and hypertension.
Night Walk: A night stroll through the nature around your camp can do wonders for your mood. Put on your camp boots and head off to connect with nature, like never before.
Dance around the Campfire: Can you think of anything more romantic than dancing around the campfire with your loved one? It will definitely make a great memory to be cherished for years to come!
Puppet shows: Puppet show is basically putting a sock around one’s hand then moving it in a motion which makes it seem like it’s a mouth alongside you will need to speak in a different tone to make it seem as if the hand is talking. It’s very handy during camps as you can make up any plot.
Play hide and seek: For a fun break at night, you can play hide seek around your tent.
Shadows game: In this activity, you will need to turn on a torchlight or use the light from the campfire to make shadows representing objects like bunnies, wolves, and so on with your hands.
Toast to Life: What better time to enjoy things than while sitting with your closest friends and holding a can of your favorite drink? Let’s raise a glass to life right now.
Release sky lanterns: Floating sky lanterns into the sky creates a lovely sight for sure, but it is the process of releasing the lanterns with your closed ones that’ll take your camping experience a notch higher.
Shoot off fireworks: Who doesn’t love watching fireworks in the darkness of the sky? This will definitely add more cherishable moments to your camping memory.
Camping Activities that are Best Done at Morning:
Morning is the most peaceful period of the day, let’s learn what are the things you can do to turn the tranquility of the period higher.
Sunrise watching: Witnessing a sunrise while sitting in the surround of nature is something you can cherish all your life.
Morning walk: During the sunrise, nature remains at its most pristine and serene mode. An early stroll is just what you need if you want to connect with nature in its purest form.
Nature gathering: While walking through the wood, you can collect the wild flowers and leaves if you have a habit of nature gathering.
Birdwatching: Early morning is the best time to go for birdwatching.
Fossil hunting: Fossils are the remains of a bygone geologic period’s animal or plant that have been preserved under the Earth’s crust. This isn’t something you can find easily, so morning is the best time to start the hunting.
Swinging in the hammock: If you don’t feel like walking, you can still swing on the hammock to enjoy the fresh morning breeze.
Yoga: As we all know yoga is all about inner peace and what other place is better for inner peace than under the open sky! You just need a yoga mat for this and inhale the fresh air of the fresh morning.
Camping Activities for Summer Time:
Summer comes with loads of heat and discomfort, so let’s learn what are the best things to do during that time to keep yourself cool and comfortable all day.
Rest under the Sunshade: Longing to relax in the open-air but afraid of the scorching sun rays? No worries the sunshade umbrellas are here to rescue you.
Relax under the wood: Such places have a mighty breeze especially during the summer. So, take a seat and relax under the wood to delight in the beauty of nature on one hand and cooling down yourself on another.
Cheers Cold Drinks: When you’re hot, cold drinks work as a soother and taste a thousand times better! So don’t forget to pack enough cold drinks before departing for the trip.
Float on the water: If you are nearby any lake or pool in summer during camping, you should try getting in it and float for a while. This will assuredly cool off your body while imparting you a fun time in there.
Water fight: While you’re in the water, you may have some fun by sprinkling water each other with water guns or balloons! Sounds as fun as soothing, isn’t it?
Stay inside the tent: During summer camping it is better to stay inside the tent and indulge in tent indoor activities till the heat of the sun diminishes.
Sleep in the hammock: Sweating inside the tent? Then you may come to sleep in the hammock surrendering yourself to the windy air.
DIY water pipe game: This fun game will keep all of the campers occupied while also providing a sense of relaxation as each splash hits one’s body.
Camping Activities for Winter:
Lastly, let’s look at the best things to do during winter. As winter showers snow, we get a plethora of fun activities to do at this time that we can’t partake in at any other time of the year. So, if you’re planning a winter camping trip, carefully go over the list of things to do given below to ensure you’re making the most of your trip.
Snowshoeing: If you are fond of the snow then we assure you that you will prefer this activity in a snowy environment. It’s just like having a walk in the snow which also helps you stay fit.
Ice fishing: Ice fishing is similar to normal fishing- dropping the hook, waiting and anticipating! However, unlike normal fishing, here you will need to make a hole on the ice floor to bait the fish swimming underneath the ice.
Winter hiking: If you are a person who’s fond of hiking then the freezing weather won’t be able to halt you from exploring nature.
Ice skating: Ice skating is a very common activity in icy weather where the individual glides on a layer of ice wearing metal-bladed ice skates with graceful strokes of movement.
Make a snow slide: Not only kids but adults too love slides so why not make one? Just pile up a lot of snow to make the pile and stairs of your slide and then just slide down!
Sledding: Sledding on hills will take your camping fun to a whole new level! Don’t think of your age as a barrier and go for it during your winter camping if you’ve brought the necessary gear with you.
Snowball fight: If there’s any fight out there that’s deemed to be innocent, it has to be snowball fighting. If you are bored out of wits sitting in your camp, take some snow in your hand, make a firm ball and start dodging at your friends!
Make snowmen: Channel your inner Elsa by rolling up a few snowballs and stack them up until it takes the form of a snowman. Let your creativity run wild when it comes to giving him a nose or an outfit!
This article will precisely guide you through the things to do while camping. We’ve carefully selected 101 interesting and engaging camping activities that will undoubtedly exceed your expectations. So, depending on where you’re going and what season it is, note down the relevant activities before you go for your next trip, you’d love them for sure.
James is a true outdoor enthusiast with a passion for nature and a love of the great outdoors. He started Outdoor Fun Mag to introduce people from all walks of life to everything the outdoors has to offer and hopes that you’ll find something that excites you every time you stop by.
When not exploring nature James works as an Electronics Engineer — a job that gets him thinking and makes sure he pays attention to all those fine details. This means that when he leaves work for the week, there’s no better contrast than the calmness and serenity of the natural world. By giving James the chance to switch off and relax, his time spent camping hiking allows him to feel refreshed and relaxed unlike anything else. His dream is for you to be able to share the same sensations and experiences so that you can live a healthier and happier life.
In the future, James plans to explore new areas and corners of the world with nothing more than a backpack and a tent. It’s an authentic way of seeing new places that allow him to de-stress and enjoy life, and his dream is for you to make the most of it too.