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Perfect Games To Play While Camping
Group camping is a fantastic way to spend time in great company. You can enjoy disconnecting from technology, escaping the stresses of your daily routine and heading out in the fresh air surrounded by all that nature has to offer. You'll also benefit your health and wellbeing; hiking is excellent exercise, and it's proven that just spending time in nature has positive effects such as lowering blood pressure, reducing stress, and even improving sleep quality.
You also tend to have plenty to do while out on a camping trip! Hiking, chatting and playing music, telling stories, preparing and eating food (and s'mores!)... It all amounts to quite a lot of activity when you think about it. And on top of all that, it's always nice to spend some of that evening time in tents or around a campfire recapping the day's experience and planning for the next morning.
As many ways as you have to occupy your time though, many avid campers will attest that it's also not a bad idea to have some games on hand. Every now and then it's nice to have a bit of fun competition around the campfire, or even in tents on a rainy night. Below, we'll look at five fun games you can enjoy without having to pack much of anything extra.
Good fun, compact and easy to play, Bananagrams is the perfect word game to throw into your backpack. Given that this game consists of just a small, banana-styled pouch containing lettered tiles, it’s easy to find space for and very light –– but still tons of fun! Similar to Scrabble, the game sets you against your opponents to create words in turns. The winner is the first player to use all of his or her tiles in the word grid once the pool of available tiles has been exhausted. Oh, and you're supposed to yell out "Bananas!"
Packing a deck of cards on your camping trip is a brilliant way to access multiple games without taking up pack room or adding weight. Plus, given that cards are pocket-sized, you can use them anywhere: inside the tent, on a hike for your breaks, and around the campfire in the evening. Playing poker the traditional way, taking away all the digital frills so many associate the game with today, is a great way to get some competition going as well. Even if some aren't familiar with the intricacies, the basic rules of poker are easy to learn on the fly. As long as everyone understands the different hands that can be assembled and how many cards are dealt in the chosen variety of poker, it's game on! Also, if you want to make things even a little more competitive, you can pack a small case of travel chips without taking up too much space –– though it's almost more fun to improvise with pebbles, or whatever treats you may have on hand.
Cards Against Humanity
If you like the idea of playing cards but you want something a little different, Cards Against Humanity is an extremely popular option that won't take up space –– and which requires no board or playing pieces. Whether you spring for the tame or not-so-tame version, the idea is for everyone playing to take a stab at completing a phrase using only the words on their own cards. With each turn, one player decides who makes the best or funniest phrase, awarding that person that particular grouping of cards as a point. You can pass hours playing, and you’re guaranteed a lively and very entertaining evening.
Camping charades is easily one of the most fitting games to choose on your escape into the outdoors, because it requires literally nothing but you, your camping mates, and your imagination. Split into two teams and lay out your own ground rules, deciding how long you have to guess and what your scoring system will be. If you like, take some time to review some popular playing signals as well (such as pointing to a wrist to indicate you're trying to convey time). These are useful to make the most of the time you have to guess. You can make the game easier by choosing a theme, or up the ante and go free range, such that people could be miming just about anything.
Who Am I?
This fast, fun and easy game is another camping-friendly favorite for a gathering of friends. The only equipment you need is a pad of sticky notes and a few pens. Each player has a famous person or object written on a sticky note and attached to their forehead so they can’t see what it says. Asking only questions that prompt a yes or no answer, each player takes a turn to try and guess what is written on their sticky note. A round ends when everyone has figured out who they are, and the winner is whoever guesses correctly in the fewest attempts. Again, it's simple, but it's a perfect camping game.
Before your next camping trip, print this Camp Life Journal post and hang it on your refrigerator so you can reference it. We've been loving our custom fridge magnets from Sticker Mule, check them out! Hopefully this has given you a few fun ideas for your next camping trip!