10 Fun Things to Do While Camping

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Camping is a great way to get out in nature, enjoy the fresh air, and bond with friends or family. But what are you supposed to do while you’re camping?

Here are some fun things to do while camping that will make your trip even more enjoyable!

1. Get Up Close and Personal with Some Animals

Campgrounds are often home to a variety of wildlife including squirrels, rabbits, deer, and birds. Even if you don’t see any animals while you’re there, you can often find animal tracks in the mud or dirt.

Take some time to explore your surroundings and see what kinds of creatures have been visiting the campground.

2. Go for a Hike

One of the best parts about being in nature is getting the chance to explore it. Go for a hike and take in the sights and sounds of the woods or mountains.

If you’re feeling adventurous, try hiking to a nearby lake or stream and take a dip. Just be sure to check for any posted signs before leaving the trails.

3. Collect Some Souvenirs

There’s nothing like coming home from a trip with some cool souvenirs to remember it by. Pick up some pretty stones or leaves, carve your initials into a tree, or take pictures of the landscape.

You could even make your own personalized campfire stir sticks by decorating some sticks with beads or sequins.

4. Play Some Games

Camping is the perfect opportunity to break out some of your favorite outdoor games like frisbee or horseshoes.

If you’re looking for something new to try, there are plenty of games that can be played with just a ball or a deck of cards.

5. Make Some Art

Nature provides the perfect setting for all kinds of art projects.

Try using sticks and rocks to make a sculpture, drawing inspiration from the trees and flowers around you, or simply sit back and enjoy the view while painting or sketching in your journal.

6. Practice Your Photography Skills

With all the beauty of nature surrounding you, camping is an ideal time to work on your photography skills.

If you don’t have a nice camera, no worries–even today’s smartphones can take amazing pictures.

7. Sit Around the Campfire and Tell Stories

A classic camping tradition, telling stories around the campfire is always fun–especially if it’s dark out and you’re trying not to be scared by all the creepy noises coming from the woods!

Got younger kids with you? There are plenty of great children’s books that can be read aloud around the fire too.

8. Look for Constellations (or Shooting Stars!)

One of the best things about camping is being able to see so many stars at night–something that’s often hard to do when you’re stuck in the city lights.

See how many constellations you can identify or keep your eyes peeled for a shooting star–wishing upon one is said to bring good luck!

9. Learn About Edible Plants (and Mushrooms)

When you’re out in nature, it’s always fun (and educational) to learn about which plants are safe (and tasty) to eat–just be sure not do any eating without first consulting an expert!

10. Have a Picnic Lunch

What’s better than enjoying a nice meal outdoors? Pack up some sandwiches, salads, chips, and drinks for a delicious picnic lunch that everyone will love.


Camping is a great opportunity to get out in nature and enjoy all that it has to offer–but it’s also important to know what kinds of activities to do while you’re there!

By following these tips, you’ll be sure to have a fun-filled trip that everyone will remember fondly for years to come. Thanks for reading!



Allen Joe is a writer for camping and outdoor site CampingMunk.com. He loves spending time outdoors, especially when he's camping or hiking. Allen also enjoys playing guitar and spending time with his wife and dog.

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