Must-do activities for a first camping trip
Preparing for your first camping trip is an exciting time. There's nothing quite like being one with nature and taking in the great outdoors. Unplugging from the mainstream and venturing into the unknown can leave you with a sense of boredom if you don't plan ahead.
Consider doing some of these fun activities to get the most out of your first camping trip.
The campsite will be your home away from home, so you'll be spending a lot of time there. There are plenty of activities that can keep you busy right at the campsite, such as:
- Setting up a tent
- Collecting firewood
- Building a fire
- Preparing meals
- Setting up games like volleyball and horseshoes
If you're lucky enough to be camping near a body of water, take advantage of it and plan some water adventures. Some fun things to keep you entertained are:
- Boating (i.e. kayaks, paddle boats, canoeing)
- Water skiing
When you've tired of being on the water, set out on foot and explore the campground. There are always new people to meet at campgrounds, and exciting things to find while exploring outdoors. A few must-dos are:
- Hiking designated trails
- Riding bikes
- Searching for different plants, birds, and animals
- Spelunking- the art of cave exploring
- Photographing nature
- Organizing a scavenger hunt
- Enjoying the playground if your campsite has one
- Kite flying
Staying active during the day while camping will lead to a great night's sleep under the stars. Some campgrounds have equipment for guests to use, but if not, consider bringing some of your own equipment along to play things such as:
- Frisbee or boomerang
- Soccer or kickball
- Rock climbing
- Old school games like Capture the Flag, Red Rover, Hide and Seek, Tug of War, Potato Sack Races, Relay Races, or Tag.
Quiet or Rainy Day Activities
When you're camping, you're at the mercy of Mother Nature. There may be some days with less-than-perfect weather, or times when you'd just like to play quietly and take in the peacefulness of the outdoors. There are many ways to keep occupied on those days, such as:
- Reading a good book
- Board games or cards
- Arts and crafts
- Journal your thoughts
- Do yoga or meditate
- Enjoy a nap in a hammock
- Write letters to friends.
When the cool night air signals that bedtime is near, wind down around the campfire with some fun activities that will truly make your camping trip special.
- Make s'mores (a marshmellow and chocolate treat)
- Sing songs
- Tell scary stories
- Play Truth-or-Dare or Twenty Questions
- Flashlight tag
- Star gazing.
No matter what activities you choose to do, your first camping trip will be one that you'll remember forever. Disconnecting from technology for a few days is good for the body and soul and will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Once you have a taste of camping you'll never want to holiday any other way.
Drew Bishop is a contributing writer and media specialist for Delta Net and Twine. He regularly produces content for a variety of fishing and outdoor blogs.