Camping is its own entertainment, right? After all, time spent in the wilderness, with or without friends and family, is a rewarding experience. However, there are times when campers must look for ways to entertain themselves. A lengthy trip especially is bound to contain some downtime that must be filled. There are a ton of options, and in the end, each camper will find the best means of entertainment.
Campfires are a great party starter. At night, in particular, a good fire represents offers three major rewards. First, on cold nights, a fire is a source of warmth. Just bringing people into close proximity can lead to entertainment.
Secondly, the light of the fire serves as a focal point. In the absence of television, this glowing pyre will be what draws the eyes of all the campers. The dancing flames offer a hypnotic calm for all who gaze upon them. Lastly, a good fire leads to other forms of entertainment, such as roasting marshmallows and hot dogs.
Part of the point of camping is to travel to an area that has wilderness attractions. Campers should take full advantage of all these things, whether they be nature walks, mountainous hikes, waterfalls, or other. Some campsites are close to unique experiences, like a natural water slide, or a hot spring. Be sure to do research before leaving for the camping trip.
Portability is somewhat important when bringing entertainment on a camping trip. If backpacking, small and lightweight games are much more important, but even when car camping, there is a limited amount of space for which to pack in the games. Certain board games fit the bill, but the best choice is a simple deck of playing cards. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of different games that can be played with the same deck. Just be sure that everyone knows how to play the intended games.
A night away from the comforts of home can lead to a great opportunity to play some of those games that require little more than imagination. Charades, Twenty Questions, and other games along those lines can offer hours of great entertainment.
Lastly, do not forget the art of the scary story. A night of camping is the only place where these classic stories, passed along orally for generations, are appropriate.