8 Ways to Pass The Time While Camping

Woman campingVeteran campers might scoff at a list designed to help people figure out what to do while camping, but not everyone is a veteran camper. There are some people who have never been camping a day in their lives, and they’re just not sure how to go about it.

We all have to start somewhere. This list isn’t for those who are camping every weekend. It’s a list for beginner campers looking to start a tradition of it. People who don’t feel comfortable wandering into some strange woods without any type of preparation.

If you’ve never been camping before, it might be hard to think of things to do while camping. “Are you just supposed to sit there?” “I’ve heard of s’mores before. That’s a thing right?”

Really, there’s not much to camping. There aren’t rules or standard protocols. You can’t really lose at camping. However, camping is something that you will get better at doing the more that you go out and do it. You will learn what you and your friends or family enjoy doing. You will figure out things that you would like to have, and you will develop your own list of things to do while camping.

But for now, here’s a little help to get you started. Here are 8 things that you can do to pass the time on your next camping trip.

  1. Telling stories is a great source of entertainment, and a great way to pass the time. You can swap tales with your fellow campers, tell old ghost stories, or collectively spin a yarn. Jokes and riddles work too.
  2. Playing games around the campfire is another good time waster. Bite the bag, 20 Questions, Fishbowl, etc.
  3. A deck of cards should never before forgotten on a camping trip. They are lightweight, compact, and can provide hours of entertainment. Poker, Gin Rummy, Spades, Go Fish, Circle of Death; the possibilities are endless.
  4. Believe it or not, building a fire can be very entertaining. From collecting the tinder, kindling, and logs, to building the fire itself, to tending the dancing flames, to making late night runs to gather more wood because you got overzealous feeding the dancing flames, a campfire can keep you occupied the whole night long.
  5. If you’re getting sick of the site of your tent, go and explore. The area surrounding your campsite probably has a lot to offer. Take the time to check it out.
  6. When the sun goes down and the stars come out, step away from your cozy campfire to look at the stars. Learn some constellations before leaving for your trip and see if you can pick them out of a starry lineup.
  7. Cooking can take up as much or as little time as you want it to. Instead of roasting hot dogs or ripping open a food bar, take to time to cook more a more elaborate meal. Bring your dutch oven and try your hand at a cobbler, casserole, or nachos.
  8. Kick back, relax and let it all soak in. You don’t necessarily have to do anything while camping. Enjoy a little peace and quiet, and the separation from artificial light, TV screens, and cell phones. Listen to the sounds of nature, breathe the fresh air, and enjoy yourself.

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