What image does the word ‘camping’ conjure up in your mind? A miserable weekend with boredom at the forefront perhaps or maybe you think of quality time spent with family and friends. Whatever your views, there are plenty of opportunities to increase the level of fun during a camping trip. Continue reading for our top five ways to do that.
- Scavenger hunt
Exploring is always fun, and if you have a list of things you need to find, it can be even more enjoyable. Many lists exist online which you can print off and use. Alternatively, you could create your own and make it bespoke to your family’s needs and the place you are visiting. For example, some children may require pictures as well as words on their list, or undertaking Death Valley camping may allow you to find different types of flowers or leaves. If you are feeling super organized, consider creating personalized containers or bags for the participants to place their findings in.
- Campfire stories
You are never too old for a bedtime story, and there is something rather magical about them being told around a campfire. If you have older children, spooky ghost stories could be chosen. It can be nostalgic to remember the tales you were told as a youngster and adapting them to make them even scarier. For younger children, buy a couple of new books in advance to read, although the pictures might be a bit tricky to see. Alternatively, you and the other adults could act out a story as you or one of the children tells it. Little Red Riding Hood is always a funny story to turn into a play.
Taking a selection of foldaway travel games with you can provide hours of fun. Don’t forget to take a notepad (or several) and plenty of pens. Whether it is noughts and crosses or hangman, this can keep you and your family entertained on an evening. A pack of cards is another small item that can be versatile. From solo games like solitaire to those suitable for younger children like snap, it can keep you entertained for hours.
Always investigate in advance the area which you are planning to visit. Write down a list of the local attractions you are keen to visit and then perhaps vote on your favorite ones. The top three could be your must-go places. The rest are back up choices. Whether it is nature or history, shopping or religion that your family members are interested in, most areas have all of those things on offer within a short journey.
Who doesn’t enjoy sitting around together after devouring a yummy meal, toasting marshmallows on the campfire? Not only do they taste amazing, but they are also fun to watch as the magic happens. To make them even tastier, why not add a little bit of chocolate to the top of the marshmallows?