Camping Activities For Adults
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I am a person who enjoys camping and this is what I like to do while camping.
Some of the things that I enjoy doing when camping are hiking, fishing, taking naps, campfire chats, stargazing, and playing outdoor games such as a scavenger hunt with my friends. I hope you find this article helpful in your next trip to the great outdoors!
Camping with adults can be a lot of fun, but it’s hard to find activities that are appropriate for everyone.
Most camping games and activities are geared towards kids or teenagers. That leaves you feeling bored and uninspired when you’re out in the wilderness on your own.
We’ve come up with 10 different activities that we will describe below.
These activities are designed for adults and maybe a little mature for some kids, but they’re perfect for everyone over the age of 18!
My buddy Scott and I are constant camping companions. When the weather is nice, we camp at least twice a month. We’re perfect for each other because we enjoy each other’s company but we don’t have to constantly talk to each other.
Scott enjoys looking for fossils. He leaves the fossils where he finds them but he has the agility of a mountain goat so he’s constantly scrambling over rocks.
I enjoy hiking and will try to find a trail to follow.
In camp, Scott is a constant reader and keeps his e-reader filled with books. While I enjoy a good book, these days I prefer podcasts. And I’ll spend time by the campfire catching up on my favorite episodes.
But lets look at other things you can do while camping.
Stargazing is a popular activity. You can even do it while drinking a beer.
When you’re out on the trail, it isn’t uncommon to see a million stars at night.
The Milky Way is especially beautiful!
If you have a telescope or even binoculars, all the better! There are plenty of astronomy apps that can help you identify constellations and planets. You can also use these apps to get a better idea of where you are.
Don’t be surprised that if you are in a very dark area, that you can see the Northern Lights, even if you are in the south. Growing up in Central Texas, we would occasionally see ribbons of purple and red stretch across the sky.
After a while, you can run out of things to talk about. Before you head out, you can write down a set of questions to ask such as “what did you want to be when you grew up” or “what is your biggest regret” or “what is your favorite band.”
You can even buy a deck of cards such as this set which are both playing cards as well as containing questions to ask around the campfire.
You will be surprised what you learn about your fellow campers though I would recommend that you avoid any political conversations.
Before you head out, get a copy of campfire songs and put it in your backpack. While it’s great if someone brings a guitar they can play, it’s not actually required. People have been singing acapella for as long as there have been campfires.
I prefer sing-alongs to pre-packaged music because I’m old school and that’s just the way I was raised. It’s amazing what you can learn about your fellow campers by their singing voice!
Another variation to campfire songs, is that you can tell campfire stories. These could be funny or scary or entertaining.
Perhaps you can spawn a discussion around whether you believe in Bigfoot or not. Or maybe you can discuss which type of marshmallow is best: the burnt ones or the undercooked ones.
Many campsites will have hiking trails nearby. Hiking is a great way to get in shape, enjoy the scenery, and spend some time in quiet contemplation.
If you’re not a hiker or live somewhere that doesn’t have many trails nearby, there are apps for your phone that allow you to download geotagged hiking trails from other hikers. For example, AllTrails allows you to easily find trails including maps and descriptions about the level of difficulty.
If you are going to go on a hike, make sure to do the proper preparations. Tell someone who is not coming with you where you are going and when you expect to be back.
Make sure to bring along the 10 essentials of hiking. In particular, you want water, a First-aid kit, rain gear, and a compass. You want the gear and not need it rather than need the gear and not have it.
Fishing is very relaxing.
It’s also good if you want to catch something to eat. I’ll fish in ponds or creeks where I can see what I’m doing but you can fish in lakes too with a boat and some nice big trolling motor!
You can also look to hire a fishing guide to take you out on the lake or river. This way you don’t have to worry about taking a boat or guessing where the best fishing spots are.
Camping Gear Scavenger Hunt
Scavenger hunts are fun games regardless of age. In this version, you give everyone a list of items you might bring on a camping trip.
They then race to see who can collect the items and return first.
If there is a lot of competition, you might want to make it a tie-breaker challenge if everyone is within two or three items of each other.
This hunt works best in small groups such as at a family reunion with cousins or siblings.
If you are familiar with the game Pictionary, then you understand this game. Except you don’t need any markers.
You need teams, a stick, pieces of paper with ideas, and a notepad to keep score.
The person drawing the item draws a slip of paper, then attempts to draw the name on the piece of paper while the team guesses. Use the timer on your phone to avoid people spending all night guessing on the first drawing.
Two Truths and a Lie
In this game, each person writes down two truths about themselves and one lie. Then, the group goes around in a circle guessing which saying is actually a lie.
It’s important that people only share one thing at a time. If everyone knows everything about everyone else by the end of this game, it won’t be much fun!
Outdoor Survival Challenge
In this game, you can teach skills while having fun. For example, people could learn how to build shelters using tarps and natural materials. Or building a fire to boil water using a Ferro rod instead of lighters or matches. Or do adult hide and seek.
Let’s be frank. One of the best things about camping is doing nothing.
There’s nothing wrong with taking a nap in the shade. In fact, it will energize you for the rest of the day!
Chill out and relax. You have nowhere to be and no one is expecting anything from you. Enjoy this time away from your daily pressures and remember why you love camping so much.
Camping is a lot of fun but sometimes people want to do more than just sit around drinking beer or smoking the funny green plant.
Camping is a great way to get in shape, enjoy the scenery, and spend some time in quiet contemplation. Whether you’re looking for ways to make your next camping trip more fun or just want something new to do on an upcoming weekend away from home, we hope this list of activities has given you plenty of ideas!