20 Enjoyable Camping Activities for Adults

20 Enjoyable Camping Activities for Adults


George Cummings
November 19, 2021

As great as camping is, it can be hard to come up with things to keep the adults entertained when they’re away from civilization for too long.

While kids can have fun doing just about anything, the older members of the group might need some inspiration to keep things lively and youthful.

What are the best camping activities for adults? To keep yourself occupied while camping, you can play board games, conversation games, music games, tell ghost stories, have a cooking challenge, and more.

You’ll also have access to all of the usual camping activities like swimming, kayaking, fishing, and hiking, so there’s plenty to stay busy with.

If you’ve got a camping trip coming up and want to make sure there’s not a minute of boredom, we’re here to help.

We’ve got a list of inventive and exciting camping activities for adults, what’s required to pull them off, and how much effort and money you’ll have to put into planning them.

The Best Camping Activities for Adults

There’s such a thing as too much relaxation time when you’re camping and if you don’t have some fun prepared, your group could be bored.

Check out our ideas for camping activities that will keep all of the adults entertained and occupied, even if you’re miles from civilization.

#1 Survival Challenges

#1 Survival Challenges

Live out your Bear Grylls fantasy on your next camping trip and give the other adults there a challenge they’ll never forget. Make up a list of survival challenges for everyone to compete in and see who ends up the ultimate winner.

Some ideas for this type of contest include building a fire, making a shelter, and getting lost, and then having to find your way back to camp, all of which can be done at no cost using just the natural materials around you.

#2 The Voting Game

To find out what the other adults in your party really think of you, and each other, you can play The Voting Game. Just as the name suggests, one person asks a question of the group, and everyone votes on the answer, with the majority vote winning.

To make it even more exciting, you’re asking questions about the group, like “Who would be most likely to die in a zombie apocalypse?” so you get an idea of everyone’s true feelings.

#3 Whittling

#2 Whittling

Whittling is the ultimate outdoor activity and it can be a whole lot of fun as well.

To whittle, you’ll need a sharp knife and a decent piece of wood, so it’s a pretty affordable way to pass the time. Start off easy by whittling some pegs for your tent or give yourself a challenge and try to whittle the shape of an animal.

#4 Ghost Stories

Good old-fashioned ghost stories are just as fun whether you’re a kid or an adult, but they can be super gory when it’s all grown-ups telling them.

The premise of ghost storytelling is simple, with each person getting their chance to tell a tale that’s designed to scare the socks off the other campers.

If you want to turn it into a competition, ask the group whose yarn scared them the most, and they’ll be crowned as the ghost story champion.

#5 Obstacle Course

#3 Obstacle Course

If you’re looking for an active way to keep busy, setting up an obstacle course nearby could be just the thing.

You’ll want a series of activities that the adults will need to make their way through and whoever completes the course in the shortest amount of time is the winner.

Make use of your surroundings with swimming challenges, tree climbing, and stone-throwing to save money and materials.

#6 Hide and Seek

Although traditionally thought of as a children’s game, adults playing hide and seek while camping in the great outdoors is even more fun.

You have such a diverse environment to play in, plenty of places to hide, and lots of room to run around, so it becomes more challenging and entertaining than ever before.

The kids can join in on this one as well and partner up with an adult if you want to keep an eye on them.

#7 Monopoly

#4 Monopoly

The classic game of Monopoly should be a staple in any camping kit and it can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike.

There’s something special about playing this famous board game by a roaring campfire, and it somehow makes the experience even cozier and more enjoyable.

Just make sure any sore losers don’t throw the paper money notes into the fire if they happen to have a tantrum.

#8 Movie Night

#5 Movie Night

This one requires some forward planning and technical skills, but it’s well worth it. You’ll need a portable projector, a large white sheet or projector screen, and a battery-powered Bluetooth speaker to get your outdoor cinema set up.

Choose something child-friendly if there are kids around or go with a spooky option if it’s just adults and they’re looking for a scare in the middle of the wilderness.

#9 Geocaching

#6 Geocaching

Geocaching is like a fun treasure hunt you can do with your phone and it’s a great game to play when you’re camping.

If you’re able to get phone reception, use a geocaching app to find the hidden treasures around you and make it a competition by seeing who can reach them first.

You’ll want to download the app before you leave and make sure everyone has a functioning smartphone for this modern treasure hunt to work.

#10 Truth or Dare

Truth or Dare is a game that ticks all the boxes: it requires nothing to play, you’ll have a lot of laughs, and learn some new things about your fellow campers.

Each player chooses truth or dare and then the other campers come up with either a question they must answer truthfully or a dare they have to do, and either way you’re guaranteed a good laugh.

#11 Have You Ever

#7 Have You Ever

If you’re sitting around the campfire looking for fun and want to learn more about your fellow campers, a game of Have You Ever will do the trick.

During the game, each person takes a turn to ask a question of the other players, starting with “Have you ever…”. If the other participants have done the thing you’re asking, they take a sip of their drink, and if nobody has, the asker must drink.

#12 Cornhole

A cornhole board can provide hours of fun for a camping trip, and you can buy them pretty cheaply or spend a few hours building a DIY one at home before you go.

A portable cornhole set can be enjoyed just about anywhere, and with all of the space that you have outdoors, you’ll be able to work on mastering your throw.

#13 What’s That Tune?

#9 What’s That Tune?

Those lucky enough to have a skilled guitar player in their camping group will already have a great form of entertainment, but to make it even more enjoyable, you can play a round of What’s That Tune.

The guitarist plays short snippets of popular songs and whoever can name the song title and artists first is the winner of that round.

Once everyone tires of this game, a good old-fashioned sing-along is another musical way to pass the time.

#14 Charades

The classic game of charades is a good one for camping because it requires no additional gear to bring along and guarantees a belly laugh from everyone.

Most people know the rules to this game, it’s easy to pick up, and even the children can join in if you want them to. To make it more interesting, separate into teams and wager certain things that the losers have to do.

#15 Ax Throwing

#10 Ax Throwing

There’s nothing like throwing an ax while you’re standing in the middle of the wilderness and it’s one of our favorite camping activities for adults as well.

You’ll need just one small throwing ax and a carefully drawn bullseye on a tree nearby, with each person taking a turn to throw it. once everyone has had their turn, see who was the closest to the center and they’ll win the round.

Just make sure nobody is standing next to the bullseye while the ax is being thrown, as you’ll have no medical assistance nearby to help.

#16 Paintball

With some preparation and the right gear, you can have yourself an epic paintball fight on your next camping trip.

Let all of the adults know there’ll be a paintball adventure going on and to bring along their guns, and then come up with the rules for the game when you arrive.

Playing in these massive and diverse natural surroundings makes the thrill of the battle feel even more realistic.

#17 Cooking Competition

#12 Cooking Competition

Creating a gourmet meal in the middle of nowhere can be a challenge in itself, so why not turn it into something fun?

A camping cooking competition tests the skills of everyone there, even the most amateur chefs, and you can have a judging panel or voting system to find out whose food is the best.

Ideas for camp-friendly meals include smores, French toast, tacos, and franks and beans.

#18 Board Games

Pack up whatever board games you have at home and bring them camping, and you’ll be grateful that you did.

Even if you don’t want to think up a new game to play, you’ll have reliable old board games to play, and you can challenge yourself to a new one each night to keep things interesting.

Play in teams or single players and don’t be afraid to mix the rules up a little to keep it exciting.

#19 Poker Night

#14 Poker Night

Poker night is always fun with friends and it’s even better when you’re camping. For the most authentic Vegas experience, bring along a poker kit with the betting chips, board, and playing cards.

Rather than betting for money, you can bet on things that you’ll be able to cash in on the camping trip, like having to do the camp dishes after breakfast or getting everyone’s drinks the next night.

#20 Stargazing

There’s no better place to see the stars than out in the wilderness and you’re guaranteed a much clearer sky than anywhere else.

Whether you want to bring along a telescope, set up a rug and lay on the ground, or use a stargazing app on your smartphone, you’ll have a whole new appreciation for the galaxy when you do.

Related Questions

Camping can be a whole lot of fun but it does take some preparation to make it that way.

Whether you’re looking for first-timer tips or things to bring along, we’ve answered some commonly asked questions to give you a push in the right direction.

How Much Should I Budget for Camping?

The initial investment in camping gear is where it costs the most, and you can expect to spend more than $500 getting the basics like a tent, cooking equipment, and sleeping bags.

Once you’ve assembled the necessary items, each subsequent camping trip should cost no more than $100.

What Shouldn’t I Bring While Camping?

What Shouldn’t I Bring Camping?

Camping is about surviving comfortably with the basics, so you’ll want to leave anything like jewelry, electronics, high fashion clothing, perfumes, and expensive glassware at home.

Try to keep your belongings to the bare minimum and travel lightly with things that can handle being outside in all kinds of weather.

What Can Ruin a Camping Trip?

Camping can be unpredictable but there are lots of things you can do to prepare for any possible situation.

A camping trip can be ruined by not booking a campsite, not planning for all kinds of weather, not having enough food, and leaving food out at night for the surrounding critters to get to.


George Cummings

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