13 Fun Camping Games to Bring on the Road
Since I got my Sprinter Van, I’ve been searching for ways to entertain myself in the evenings, especially when it’s cold and dark at 4:30 in the winter. While a deck of cards is a must for any camping box or backpacking trip, sometimes you want something just a little more exciting. In this new post, we’ve compiled a list of some entertaining games to bring with you on your adventures. Whether you’re venturing out with one friend, your family, or a large group, our list of the 13 fun camping games are sure to liven up any evening under the stars. And guess what? All of our favorites are:
Weigh less than a pound (except for two)
Most are no bigger than the size of your hand (when packed down).
All of these camping games can be played either inside of a van or tent or outside at a campsite or on the trail. And one last added benefit is dirt can’t hurt most of these games! Some of them also make for great gifts to give your favorite outdoor adventure friends!
Exploding kittens is the most-backed project in Kickstarter history which is awesome for all those dreamers and doers out there! Point of the game is survival against drawing an“Exploding Kitten” card. Strategy and laughter are definitely needed for survival!
••• 5 Second Rule Uncensored •••
I recently bought the Jr. version of this game for a child’s birthday and it proved to be an awesome family game! Bring on the Uncensored version for adult fun! 5 Second Rule requires you to be quick with your mind AND tongue as you only have 5 seconds to name three uses of common items, for example “Name 3 Reasons to Call in Sick” or “Name 3 Things You Do With Your Tongue”. You can even skip packing the timer and use your cell phone to countdown 5 seconds. An awesome addition to your camping games–it’s great for just 2 or for a large group!
••• Telestrations •••
This is an awesome game for sitting around the campfire! Telestrations is similar to the game “telephone” except you draw and then pass your sketchbooks around the circle for others to guess what they see. It’s a great community game that engages the whole circle. It comes with 8 erasable sketch books, markers and cloths making this our only game on the list that weighs more than a pound.
••• GSI Outdoor Table Tennis Set •••
Weighing in at 1 pound and 8 ounces this GSI Outdoor Table Tennis Set might not be the best pick for backpacking given the need for a table to play on, but this travel ping-pong set is a great idea for car camping at established campsites with tables! The kit even comes in a great drawstring bag to keep everything together!
••• Quick Wits •••
Want to liven up your evening in the wilderness? Quick Wits is a fast paced adult game great for 3 or more players that can easily be enjoyed around the campfire. The goal is to win the most amount of cards from your friends, but you’ve got to be the quickest to shout out answers!
••• Go Fish Yourself Party Game •••
Weighing in at only 3 ounces, this camping game takes up hardly any room. Go Fish Yourself is a fun, grown-up version of Go Fish for those who love reliving their childhoods, with a little friendly sabotage. This game requires a sense of humor and can be played with anywhere from 2-6 players. The objective isn’t to create pairs — instead you are forcing your friends to create pairs, and each pair comes with a set of ridiculous rules to be followed. Can’t follow the rules? You’re out!
Now you don’t have to stop playing games after dark! Light up your campsite with a little glow-in-the-dark frisbee. Fun for a group and also good for playing with your pooch at night.
Love Scrabble? Bananagrams is basically Scrabble without the board! One of the best things about Bananagrams is that they easily pack into a small bag that you can easily throw into your backpack or camping bag.
Jenga weighs in at 2.2 pounds so it is definitely out of the question for sneaking in your pack without noticeably carrying the extra weight. This GSI Outdoors Backpack Tumbling Tower weighs in at less than a pound and comes in fun bright colored pieces. Included is a great drawstring sack for keeping all the pieces together. Not sold yet? It is also less expensive than classic Jenga!
••• Appalachian Trail Card Game •••
The Appalachian Trail card game is an awesome gift for a thru-hiking alum or hopefuls! The game teaches you everything you’ve wanted to know about survival, low-impact camping, basic first aid and even plants and animals! Need another reason to scoop it up? A portion of all proceeds go towards preserving the AT, so it’s a fun game that also gives back!
••• Farkle •••
An awesome game for children and adults alike to enjoy. Outdoor adventure lovers thrive on risk and that’s what Farkle is all about. Roll the dice and try for higher score combinations but if you “Farkle” all your points are gone–will you play it safe or take the risk?
The electronic catch phrase game weighs less than a pound, and the batteries last a really long time on a trip. It’s a great way to break some ice with your neighbors since an unlimited number of people can play.
••• UNO Wilderness •••
A new spin on the original classic game of UNO. This new UNO Wilderness edition features fun wilderness scenes on the cards.
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