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.

When you need to slow down, camping is a wonderful option. 

Campsite Activities

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

Setting up is half the fun.

Water Activities

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:

  • Fishing
  • Boating (i.e. kayaks, paddle boats, canoeing)
  • Swimming
  • Water skiing
  • Tubing

There'll be tangles, but that's half the fun of fishing.

Few things are as peaceful as the glide of a kayak across glassy waters.

Get out there and stretch your mind ... and limbs.

Land Activities

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
  • Geocaching
  • Organizing a scavenger hunt
  • Enjoying the playground if your campsite has one
  • Kite flying

Walking in nature feeds the soul. 

Bike riding is healthy for people of all ages.

The best lightshow on earth.  

Sporting Activities

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:

  • Volleyball
  • Horseshoes
  • Badminton
  • Football
  • Frisbee or boomerang
  • Soccer or kickball
  • Rock climbing
  • Basketball
  • Old school games like Capture the Flag, Red Rover, Hide and Seek, Tug of War, Potato Sack Races, Relay Races, or Tag

Basketball is one of many activities you'll enjoy on a camping trip.

Badminton courts feature in many BIG4 holiday parks.

Ballsports are popular for many families. Make sure you pack something to play with. 

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

Sometimes, it's just nice to do nothing at all..

Reading both sharpens and relaxes the mind. 

Total relaxation is a regular yoga session.

Night-time Activities

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

Nothing says 'camping' more than an energetic fire, with chatter all around!

Children never forget that time they toasted marshmallows over a beautiful fire.

A bit of a singalong ensures even more happy memeories. Go on, get the tent out and make the magic happen again.

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.

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