September 9, 2023
Picture this: a campsite filled with grown-ups laughing, competing, and throwing caution (and maybe a frisbee or two) to the wind. Welcome to the world of adult camping games, where the wilderness becomes a playground for the young-at-heart.
Whether you’re a seasoned camper or just looking to spice up your outdoor escapades while setting up camp in the woods or parking your RV by the lakeside, we’ve curated a handpicked selection of games that will turn your camping trip into an adventure you’ll never forget.
Best Camping Games for Adults
Who says adults can’t have a blast while camping? We’re here to prove them wrong with an epic lineup of unforgettable camping games designed specifically for grown-ups.
- Beer Pong
A game that lets you “toss” your worries away. Beer Pong is a competitive yet light-hearted game that involves throwing ping pong balls into cups of beer arranged on a table.
To set up, place ten cups in a triangle formation at each end of a long table. Each cup should be partially filled with beer. Players or teams stand at opposite ends of the table, each with a ping pong ball.
The aim is to throw or bounce the ball into one of the opponent’s cups. If successful, the opponent must drink the beer from that cup, which is then removed from the table. The throwing then alternates between the two teams.
In terms of rules, if a team makes two balls in the same cup, it’s a ‘death cup’ and the game ends. If a ball spins around the rim of the cup, a player can try to blow it out before it lands. The game continues until one team has no cups left.
You’ll need a long table, ping pong balls, cups, and beer to play.
- Lawn Twister
“Where outdoor fun and agility intersect!” Lawn Twister takes the familiar indoor game and brings it to the great outdoors. The setup requires a grassy area and four cans of different colored spray paint. Create a grid of colorful dots on the lawn, mirroring the layout of the standard Twister mat – 4 colors by 6 rows.
The gameplay follows the traditional rules of Twister. A player spins a dial or an app can be used that calls out a color and a body part (left hand, right foot, etc.). Players must then place that body part on a vacant dot of the called color. The challenge is to avoid falling over or touching the grass with any other body part while maintaining the positions.
This game requires flexibility and balance, and it can lead to hilarious poses and eventual collapses!
- Wine Tasting
Who would’ve thought wine tasting would make it to the list of camping activities? It’s a surprising yet delightful inclusion, blending the refinement of a vineyard visit with the rustic allure of the wilderness.
To carry out a wine tasting while camping, you’ll require a selection of wines, a corkscrew, and wine glasses. If available, wine coolers or sleeves can be useful to maintain optimal temperatures. Disposable or acrylic wine glasses are more practical than glass for a camping scenario, and a cooler can double as a carrying case for your wine bottles.
Alternatively, you can also blindfold people and have them taste/touch/smell different drinks/food items and guess which one is which!
- Outdoor Movie Night
An outdoor movie night under the stars can be a magical experience during a camping trip. To set this up, you’d need a portable projector, a screen or a flat white surface, a power source, and your choice of movies.
When selecting a projector, look for one that’s compact for travel, yet powerful enough to project a clear image. Aim for a minimum of 2000 lumens for acceptable brightness, and a resolution of 720p for a decent picture quality. A projector with a built-in battery can simplify power arrangements, or you might use an external power bank.
Your screen could be a portable projector screen, a white tarp, or even a flat white sheet hung between trees.
- Campfire Trivia
Campfire Trivia involves testing the general knowledge of your camping companions. Gather around the warmth of the campfire, ask trivia questions, and see who answers the most correctly.
The essentials are a set of trivia questions, a method to keep track of scores, and a light-hearted prize for the winner. It’s an ideal game for a calm evening, stimulating minds in the glow of the campfire.
- Glow-in-the-Dark Capture the Flag
This classic outdoor game gets a nocturnal twist, using glow sticks or similar items to illuminate the flags and boundary markers, adding an extra layer of excitement to the play.
In this game, two teams each have a flag hidden in their territory. The goal is to sneak into the opponent’s territory, capture their flag, and return it to your own territory without being tagged. If you’re tagged while in enemy territory, you’re frozen until a teammate tags you free.
- Adult Scavenger Hunt
Unlike the kids’ version, an adult scavenger hunt can include complex clues, cryptic riddles, and even tasks or challenges that need to be completed to get the next clue. Each item or checkpoint can be creatively linked to camping or the wilderness to keep it themed and exciting.
The requirements? A bit of preparation to create the clues, riddles, or tasks in advance, and a sense of adventure!
Whether it’s a daytime diversion or an after-dark escapade, the adult scavenger hunt is ideal for larger groups looking for a fun way to explore their surroundings and inject some friendly competition into their camping trip.
- Poker Night
Poker is a versatile game, and one deck of cards can provide endless entertainment. While Texas Hold’em might be the classic choice, you can also introduce variation by playing other poker derivatives or card games.
- Omaha: Similar to Texas Hold’em but players receive four hole cards instead of two. They must make the best hand using exactly two of them, plus exactly three of the five community cards.
- Seven-Card Stud: In this game, each player gets seven cards, three down and four up, and must make the best possible five-card hand.
- Razz: It’s Seven-Card Stud, but the aim is to have the lowest hand instead of the highest.
- Five-Card Draw: The simplest version of poker, where players draw cards from the deck to improve their hand.
- Karaoke Night
Camping doesn’t always have to be quiet nights and rustling leaves; it can be filled with laughter, camaraderie, and even some melodic tunes. How, you ask? With a Karaoke Night, of course. This activity can transform your camping experience into a rollicking good time, offering entertainment that lasts till the wee hours.
To set up a Karaoke Night, you’ll need a portable karaoke machine or a karaoke app on a mobile device, with a playlist of popular songs that cater to the musical tastes of everyone present. Don’t forget the speakers; if you’re using a mobile device, a Bluetooth speaker can offer adequate sound. If your car has a good audio system, you can even use it as your makeshift karaoke machine!
- Outdoor Yoga
For your outdoor yoga session, you’ll need a yoga mat for each participant and a basic understanding of some yoga poses, or asanas. Here are five recommended asanas that are suitable for adults, even beginners:
- Tadasana (Mountain Pose): A simple standing pose that improves posture, balance, and calm focus.
- Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog): This asana stretches the hamstrings, calves, and spine while building strength in the shoulders, arms, and legs.
- Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II): An excellent standing pose for strength, balance, and concentration.
- Balasana (Child’s Pose): A restful pose that provides gentle stretching for the hips, thighs, and ankles while calming the brain and helping relieve stress and fatigue.
- Savasana (Corpse Pose): A restorative pose ideal for relaxation at the end of your session.
- Outdoor Yoga is a great activity for any group size, ideally in the morning or evening when the temperature is cooler.
- Giant Connect Four
“Connect with nature and each other!” Giant Connect Four is an engaging game that offers a large-scale, outdoor version of the classic tabletop game. The rules remain the same, making it an easy pick-up for anyone familiar with the original game. Each player takes turns dropping their colored disc into the vertically suspended grid, aiming to be the first to connect four of their discs in a row, either horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.
To play Giant Connect Four while camping, you’ll need a Giant Connect Four game set. It’s a game that requires strategic thinking and forethought, so it can be quite thrilling and competitive. Since it’s an oversized, outdoor game, it creates a great visual appeal in a camping environment. It’s ideal for a group of two or more, and it’s fun for all ages.
Pro Tip: Aim for the center columns. Statistically, the player who occupies more space in the middle often wins, since there are more possible winning combinations!
- DIY Craft Projects
“Crafting in the wilderness? Why not!” DIY Craft Projects bring a creative twist to your camping experience. Outdoor-inspired crafts, like leaf imprint art, painted rocks, or even handmade jewelry with found objects, could be part of your camping itinerary. With nature as both inspiration and supplier of crafting materials, the options are limitless.
For DIY Craft Projects, you’ll need crafting supplies that align with your chosen project. Basic supplies like glue, paint, string, scissors, and even disposable items from your camping gear could be used creatively. It’s a great activity to help wind down after a long hike or during a lazy afternoon, ideal for any group size and age range.
- Frisbee Golf
“Put a spin on your camping adventure!” Frisbee Golf is a fun and active game that combines the throwing technique of frisbee with the gameplay of golf. Instead of a ball and clubs, players throw a disc towards a target, and the object of the game is to traverse a course from beginning to end in the fewest number of throws.
To play Frisbee Golf, you’ll need a frisbee and targets. If the campsite doesn’t have an official course or targets, improvise with trees or other landmarks. This game encourages exploration of the campsite and can be enjoyed by all age groups and fitness levels.
- Marshmallow Golf
“Fore! And that’s s’more like it!” How about some Marshmallow Golf? It’s a game where your golf balls are deliciously squishy marshmallows and your golf clubs are sticks! The objective is to get your marshmallow to travel the furthest, or for an extra twist, aim to hit a target.
Let’s see who can put it the farthest without it becoming a gooey mess! Just remember, no nibbling on your golf balls during the game! All you need is a bag of marshmallows, some sticks, and a good sense of humor. Ideal for a lazy afternoon with friends who can appreciate the sillier side of camping.
- Sleeping Bag Sumo
“Now in this corner, weighing in at just under two pounds… the Featherweight Sleeping Bag!” Have you ever considered that your sleeping bag might be the key to becoming the ultimate camping sumo champion?
In Sleeping Bag Sumo, competitors hop towards each other while fully zipped in their sleeping bags, trying to knock each other over or out of a designated ring. It’s like a pillow fight meets a sumo match in the most ridiculous way possible! The game doesn’t need much: a clear, safe area and your trusty sleeping bag.
Ideal for those who want to mix some silliness into their camping trip. Just remember, respect the sleeping bag, and the sleeping bag will respect you.
So, there you have it – an array of games and activities to elevate your camping trip into a festival of fun and adventure. Whether you’re testing your balance with Lawn Twister, flexing your strategic muscles with Giant Connect Four, or putting your wilderness knowledge to the test in an Adult Scavenger Hunt, there’s something for every type of camper. The goal is to enjoy the great outdoors while building bonds and memories that will last long after the tents have been packed away.