10 Ways to Banish Boredom While Camping

1 shares Generally, camping is a fun-filled, adventure-packed occasion full of exciting things to see and do. However, there are times when we feel bored. …

Generally, camping is a fun-filled, adventure-packed occasion full of exciting things to see and do. However, there are times when we feel bored. 

Whether it be a rainy day that stops us from leaving the tent, a long day of driving, or simply a campsite that doesn’t live up to expectations, it’s not unusual to experience boredom on a camping trip. Luckily, though, there are many things we can do to banish boredom and make camping more exciting. 

In today’s article, we’ll show you ten things you can do to make your camping trip more exciting. Let’s get started!

1. Plan to Play Everyday

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There’s no denying that traveling spontaneously without a plan is great fun, but it’s not always ideal if you want to avoid feeling bored. By not planning your camping trip, you risk having nothing to do. 

Therefore, planning what you’ll do daily is a surefire way to ensure you’re always doing something. Plan to do new things, see new places, and try new foods. 

If you’re visiting somewhere you’ve been before, why don’t you look for new camping spots, find new hiking trails, or see if somewhere else nearby offers something different? By doing these things, you won’t have time to get bored!

2. Watch Caveman TV (a Campfire)

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One of our favorite ways to have fun on a campsite is to watch “caveman TV”—more commonly known as a campfire! Campfire TV only has one channel, but the episodes are always different, and they never fail to disappoint. 

Look at it this way, too—starting and keeping a campfire going takes time, which is what you’ll want to kill if you’re bored.

Around a campfire, you can relax, chat with family and friends, tell stories, and make delicious food. Of course, no campfire experience is complete without making S’mores !

3. Pack a Car Camping Kit

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If you’re traveling with small children, keeping them entertained on the road will be difficult, especially if you get caught in traffic jams. Luckily, there’s a simple solution we like to call a car camping kit. 

A car camping kit is an emergency entertainment pack filled with things to keep your child entertained and you sane. Let’s be honest; there’s nothing more stressful for parents than a bored child during a long drive!

Pack things in your children’s camping kit you know they’ll like. This can include small toys, books, games, and so on. You could even put small snacks in the bag as food bribes.

4. Play Music

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Tying in nicely with watching Campfire TV, you could sit around a campfire and play music if you know how. If you can play a camping-friendly instrument (i.e., leave the drumset at home), consider bringing it along on your trip to play music and sing with family and friends.

While this is a fun way to keep yourself entertained, it’s not suitable for every scenario, and we really only recommend it if you’re camping well away from other campers. A crowded campground with neighbors nearby will probably not appreciate outdoor performances, and playing music others can hear could violate campground noise rules.

Be sure to read up on the guidelines for where you’ll be camping before packing an instrument!

5. Pack Some Board Games

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Packing board games is an excellent way to ensure you always have something to do at a campsite. It’s a great idea for people traveling with children and for rainy days when you don’t want to leave your van.

Packing two or three board games is even better because you can play something different every night. Fun board games you can take camping include Battleship, Monopoly, Clue, and Scrabble. Personally, Balderdash is one of our all-time favorites!

You can buy travel-sized versions of these board games that won’t take up too much space in your vehicle.

6. Pack a Deck of Playing Cards

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If your vehicle has limited space, pack a deck of playing cards for entertainment. Not only are playing cards a small item to bring camping, but they’re also versatile–you can play so many different games with them!

You can play card games for children or adults, play games by yourself, with a partner, or in large groups. If you’d like to learn a new card game while you’re camping, find the game’s rules online and print them to bring on your trip (this is how I learned to play Canasta).

The most popular games you can play with a deck of cards are Blackjack, Poker, Gin Rummy, and Snap. If you’re feeling especially competitive, play a game like Hearts or Spades.

7. Take Up a New Hobby

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Trying something new is an excellent way to banish boredom if you’re getting bored of your camping hobby or don’t yet have one. While camping can technically be your hobby, finding something else you enjoy doing while camping is fun.

For example, you could take up fishing, hiking, running, or kayaking. Wildlife and landscape photography is another popular hobby, especially if you’re traveling long distances in the United States.

Have you always wanted to learn to crochet or knit but never had time in your daily life? A camping trip might be the perfect time to get started!

8. Pack Some Light Reading

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Many campers who enjoy reading pack books to take camping with them. Packing a book or two is an easy way to give yourself something to do if you start feeling bored. It’s also a great solution when the weather isn’t in your favor and you don’t want to venture outside.

We love to take at least two books camping with us because they help us stick to the main reason we go camping: to escape the daily grind. Without a book, it’s too easy to pick up your phone, which we like to avoid when camping.

9. Don’t Cook Overelaborate Meals

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Cooking over a campfire can be one of the most enjoyable things about camping. However, if poorly done, it can be frustrating and exhausting. 

If you decide to cook meal that are too elaborate, you’ll spend most of your evenings around the fire prepping and cooking your meals. Instead, opt for simple meals with fewer ingredients that are fun and quick to cook but are still delicious. That way, you can enjoy the experience of cooking over the open fire.

You can also simplify the process by meal prepping in advance, so you don’t have to spend too much time chopping and measuring when you could be doing something else.

10. Pack Sports Equipment

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Packing a few pieces of sports equipment is also a fantastic way to banish boredom while camping, especially if you’re traveling with children or a group of friends. They don’t have to take up much space in your vehicle, and they can lead to endless fun.

The best sports equipment you can pack for a camping trip are a football, a tennis ball, and a frisbee. With these three simple things, you can have heaps of fun whenever you start feeling bored.

If you have children, you could challenge them to make their own sports assault course with obstacles and targets.

That concludes our list of 10 things you can do to banish boredom while camping. With these ideas at your fingertips, you should be able to keep yourself and your family entertained while camping.

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