Spending time in the great outdoors is fantastic – there’s nothing quite like it. Whether it’s hiking, packing a picnic lunch for a short day trip or camping for multiple days, spending time outside is a great way to rest, recharge your batteries and return rejuvenated to your everyday life. Yet when you do spend days on end camping, you can run out of things to do and face boredom. After all, you’re unplugged and disconnected from Netflix, social media and your phone. The nights can get exceptionally boring unless you’re prepared with plenty of activities. So let’s take a look at the camping compendium and find out what you can do during the nights.
Pack Cards and Games
Playing cards or board games are a great way to spend time and bond with your camping buddies at night. Just make sure that you pack enough rechargeable torches for everyone so they can see what they’re doing. Head torches are a great idea because they leave your hands free to hold your cards or roll those dice. In terms of what type of card games and board games to pack you’re really spoilt for choice. You can choose old fashioned games like gin rummy or poker, or you can invest in some new fun card games like Cards Against Humanity. There are heaps of board games on the market too, from Dungeons and Dragons through to Risk and Battleship.
Sit Around the Fire and Talk
People don’t connect with each other as much as they used to. Everyone is busy with work or study and spends a lot of time in front of the screen. So why not build up a roaring fire and just talk. The art of conversation isn’t dead yet so discuss things. You can talk about politics, or sports, or whatever topic you’re all interested in. Remember to be respectful and allow everyone to have a voice.
Bring Instruments and Have a Jam
Undoubtedly someone in your group of friends can strum a guitar, blow a harmonica or bang a drum. Pack some instruments along with your tent, air mattress and torches and bust them out around the fire. Ask your musician friends to print out some sheet music before you leave – you can request your favourite songs and numbers that are easy to sing along to. This is a great way to bond and while away those nighttime hours.
Eat and Drink
While camping is a great time to eat some snacks and chocolate, there’s no reason why you can’t cook up a storm either. Bring a little gas stove or two, and you can cook many dishes, including pasta, stir-fries or steaks. Get everyone to pitch in, and you’ll soon have a camping feast fit for kings. While you’re at it a few wines or beers won’t hurt either – just don’t have too many because you’re away from civilization and assistance so remember to stay responsible. Sharing food and drink is an enjoyable evening activity, and you’ll go to bed with your tummy full of food and your heart full of gratitude.
A Camping Conclusion
When going camping, pack some cards and board games to help you enjoy the night. Build a big roaring fire and rediscover the art of conversation. Invite your musician friends and ask them to bring their instruments so you can all have a sing-along. And finally, cook some excellent healthy food, or have a cup of hot chocolate or two and be merry. That’s what camping is all about.