Fun Things to Do While Camping in Winter

Fun Things to Do While Camping in Winter

Most people go camping in the summer, but you shouldn’t let a little snow keep you away from exploring the wilderness! Winter camping can be just as rewarding—and it offers unique opportunities to enjoy yourself if you know how to take advantage of them.

We’ve put together a list of ways to make the most of your next winter camping trip, based on our experiences in the great outdoors. Find out what to bring and how to plan your days for an absolutely unforgettable cold-weather camping experience.

Fun Things to Bring on Your Next Winter Camping Trip

There are plenty of things you can do on a winter camping trip without much equipment, and we’ll cover those shortly. For now, though, consider investing in some of the gear below to make your winter camping trip dynamic and exciting.

Sink Your Teeth Into Ice Climbing

Frozen waterfalls don’t just look beautiful—they can also provide plenty of thrills for those of you daring (and skilled) enough to climb them. Be warned, though: you’ll want to buy climbing equipment if you don’t have it already, and we don’t recommend this activity for the inexperienced. Don’t worry, though; we’ve got plenty of less-intimidating activities coming up!

Cook Campfire Comfort Food In a Dutch Oven

Warm meals taste even better in cold weather, and you can make a whole range of delicious dinners and desserts when you buy a Dutch oven for your winter camping trip. Check out this list by Fresh Off the Grid to find some recipe inspiration.

Sleep in the Snow with a Winter Sleeping Bag

Sleeping in the tent is all well and good, but getting some shuteye with the winter sky directly overhead and waking up to a fresh layer of undisturbed snow can be deeply invigorating. Choose a sleeping bag that offers appropriate seasonal protection, then turn yourself into a human burrito.

Take a Walk Through the Wild with Snowshoes

Snowshoeing can be a surprisingly effective exercise as well as a wonderful way to enjoy walking through a winter wonderland. Find snowshoes for men, women, and kids so that every member of your family can enjoy this fun and easy winter camping activity.

Up Your Dessert Game with an Outdoor S’more Maker

S’mores taste even better on chilly winter nights, but you’ll want to spend less time making them and more time eating them in cooler temperatures. Use an outdoor s’more maker to streamline the process so you can enjoy these high-calorie camping delicacies faster and s’more easily.

coking smores on the campfire

Fun Things to Do on Your Winter Camping Trip

Don’t worry; you don’t need to break the bank on new gear to have a great time camping in Winter. The following activities require minimal investment, but offer maximum enjoyment.

Scour the Snow for Animal Tracks

There’s still plenty of wildlife around in winter, but you’re more likely to see animal tracks than animals themselves. Learning to recognize the different prints left by rabbits, raccoons, and other furry creatures can provide hours of entertainment on a cold-weather walk—just make sure not to disturb any habitats you find!

Build an Igloo

This skill is both fun and practical to learn if you camp in winter often. These snow fortresses offer surprisingly effective protection from the elements when done right, and are much easier to construct than you might think once you learn how to build them.

Visit a Hot Spring

There’s no such thing as a bad time to soak in a natural hot spring. That said, we especially love the contrast between warm hot-spring water on our bodies and cold winter air on our faces—so if you’re able to camp near a hot-spring this winter, we thoroughly recommend the experience!

Build a Snowperson

Little kids will love this one—but honestly, who doesn’t love this classic winter pastime? All you need is a carrot, some buttons, and maybe an old hat or scarf to give your creation a little personality of their own.

Have a Snowball Fight

We couldn’t resist putting this at the end of our list. After all, it’s practically impossible to see fresh snow and not want to throw it at your friends or family members—and where can you find fresher snow than in the wild? Grab a few handfuls and turn it into your own personal arsenal (just make sure to stay safe and check your snow for sticks and rocks before you start throwing!).

Snowshoeing in the winter

Make Winter Your Favourite Camping Season

Camping in the winter might be cold, but it also comes with the chance to have fun in ways other seasons don’t offer. Try our tips above to get the most out of your next winter camping trip, and please reach out to us if you have winter camping ideas of your own to share!

 

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Fun Things to Do While Camping in the Summer

Fun Things to Do While Camping in the Summer

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Summer may be in the rear-view mirror this year, but if you’re anything like us then you’re already planning next year’s first summer camping trip. That gives you plenty of time to organize the gear and supplies you’ll need before you head into the wilderness again, so you’ll definitely be able to stock up on some new items over the next few months. You’ll also want to brainstorm some new activities for your next warm-weather camping excursion, and our team is here to help. Below, you’ll find our list of fun things to do and essential equipment to bring on your next summer camping adventure.

Fun Things to Bring on Your Summer Camping Trip

Some activities can be performed without specific tools or toys—but not these. Don’t worry; we’ll get to the activities that don’t require any special gear later. But first, consider bringing some of these things along next time you go camping in summer.

Sleep in the Shade with a Hammock

One of the nicest things about camping in warm weather is the ability to sleep comfortably outside. Buy a hammock and hang it up between two trees to create a perfect place for catching some Zs without soaking up too many UV rays in the process. Hammocks also make ideal places to read, or just lounge in nice weather with a drink in hand!

Enjoy a Warm Wash with a Solar Shower

You don’t have to sacrifice all the comforts of home when you go camping. Solar showers use the sun’s rays to heat up water for your daily wash, providing you with a luxurious soak even when you’re “roughing it”. Let those bright summer days help keep you clean in style!

Have a Tubular Time with an Inflatable Kayak

Mountain rivers and lakes are at their most inviting during the year’s warmest months, and a watercraft you can inflate is much easier to pack than one you need to mount on top of a vehicle. When you buy an inflatable kayak, you’ll also save yourself the pain of portaging it to and from the water—although we strongly recommend pairing it with a bike pump or portable air compressor so you won’t have to blow it up with your mouth.

Kayaking on a lake while camping in the summer

Use a Solar Fire Starter to Cook with the Power of the Summer Sun

When you’re camping in the darker portions of the year, you won’t always have the sun handy as a source of energy—but the summer offers many opportunities to make sunshine work for you. Case in point: this solar fire starter, which can save you money on fuel and make you feel like a rugged explorer whenever you’re getting ready to roast marshmallows.

Make a Margarita with a Hand-crank Blender

Thanks to some innovative party animal, crushed ice is no longer a luxury you can only find in the city. And what better way to enjoy a perfect summer day in the wilderness than by kicking back (maybe in that hammock from earlier) with a refreshing margarita or two (or three)? This hand-crank blender will provide you with all the crushed ice you need—no electrical outlet required.

Fun Things to Do on Your Summer Camping Trip

Of course, there are lots of ways to have fun on a summer camping adventure that don’t involve buying fancy new gear, and they’re equally worth your time. Try some of these activities that require little more than good weather and the right attitude:

Check Out the Night Sky by Stargazing

Summer nights often offer clear skies, so make the most of them! Staying up late and counting constellations is an excellent way to experience all the magic this season has to offer (for best results, bring along a star chart so you can tell what you’re looking at).

looking at the clear stars in the night while camping away from the city.

Turn the Lake Into a Playground with Water Balloon Dodgeball

This one’s great fun for kids and adults (c’mon, who doesn’t love a good water balloon fight?). Just make sure you’re using environmentally-friendly water balloons and cleaning up after yourself—it’s always best to leave nature as good or better than you found it.

Light Up Your Night with a Beach Bonfire

If you’re camping near a beach, building a bonfire can set the stage for an unforgettable evening. Just make sure that you’re following the law; most provinces have strict regulations about when and where bonfires can be held. Find out if you’ll need permits, secure them ahead of time, then pack your sticks and marshmallows!

Stay Active with a Game of Frisbee Golf

All you need for this simple and fun game is a frisbee, some open space, and nice enough weather to play in. The concept is pretty similar to regular golf: you set up “holes” using markers, then see how many throws it takes before you can get the frisbee to them!

Keep the Bugs Away with Natural Bug Bombs

Summer camping offers the nicest weather and the most daylight, but it can also come with plenty of pests. Instead of spraying insect repellent every few minutes and slapping yourself silly, have fun keeping unwanted critters away by taking some time to make bug bombs from sage, lavender, and other plants growing near your campsite! You can find an easy and effective recipe here.

Fill Your Next Summer Camping Trip with Fun

The clear skies, balmy temperatures, and long days of summer make it easy to enjoy your experience in the great outdoors. Use the suggestions above for inspiration, and feel free to contact us with any other summer camping ideas you want to share!

 

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14 Camping Ideas Perfect For Summer

14 Camping Ideas Perfect For Summer

Camping can be a blast, but it’s best when you plan ahead. Make sure your agenda includes plenty of activities, be sure to bring the right gear, and don’t forget to take along some tasty recipes to enjoy at your campsite!

Need some inspiration before you venture into the great outdoors? No problem. We’ve put together a list of 14 summer camping ideas that are guaranteed to help you have an absolutely wild time. And don’t forget to book your campsite online with CampReservations.ca!

Our Top 14 Summer Camping Ideas

#1: Try Letterboxing

This quirky hobby can turn your camping trip into an exciting scavenger hunt. Letterboxes are containers with logbooks inside that people hide in public places (like campgrounds) with clues to their whereabouts. Once you discover a letterbox, you can mark it with a stamp to prove you’ve been there. For a list of known letterboxes in Canada, click here.

#2: Make Omelettes in a Bag

One of our favourite breakfast recipes, the omelette in a bag is both easy and delicious—plus, it requires next to no cleanup! If you prep the ingredients before your trip, all you’ll need to do on the day is boil water. Here’s the recipe, and check out these other easy camping meals.

#3: Make S’mores!

If you’re camping with your children, s’mores make a tasty campfire treat guaranteed to help them enjoy their time away from civilization. Of course, you don’t have to be a kid to enjoy these classic campfire snacks! Learn how to make ‘em here.

#4: Bring Dryer Sheets

You won’t be doing laundry out in the woods, but dryer sheets have other uses. Use them to freshen up musty spaces (like the inside of an old tent or backpack) and place them under your tablecloth to keep bees away from your food! Just remember to dispose of them properly—nature is no place for littering.

#5: Use Your Belt to Hang Cookware

That’s right—you can save valuable table space by mounting s-hooks on your belt and wrapping it around a tree to create a makeshift set of kitchen hooks! Don’t believe us? See for yourself.

#6: Start Campfires Easily with Trick Candles

You know those candles you can buy at joke shops that relight themselves when someone blows them out? Bring a pack of those on your next camping trip, and you’ll find it a whole lot easier to start a campfire in windy weather.

#7: Save Money On a Sleeping Pad

You might not have a high-quality sleeping pad kicking around the house, but there’s a good chance you have a yoga mat—and that can work almost as well when you put it under your sleeping bag. Yoga mats also tend to be cheaper than good sleeping pads if you need to buy a new one.

#8: Make Coffee Sachets

You probably aren’t taking your coffee maker camping, but you don’t need to. Instead, just add a few spoonfuls of your favourite ground coffee to a filter and seal it with a string to create coffee bags you can steep in hot water, just like tea!

#9: Have Your Water Pull Double Duty

Clean out some empty plastic jugs and use them to freeze your drinking water before your trip. Then, keep them in your cooler to preserve perishable foods and thaw them out as needed when you need a nice cold drink.

#10: Make Campfire Hash

This versatile recipe makes a great addition to dinner, but can also be jazzed up to make a standalone breakfast or lunch! The whole thing can be prepped and cooked in under an hour, making it as convenient as it is delicious.

#11: Create Instant Lanterns For Your Campsite

Having a flashlight is great, but sometimes you want to see where you’re going in the dark while keeping your hands free. Just wrap a headlamp around one of your empty plastic jugs and tie it to a tree. Let there be light.

#12: Make Onion Bombs

We had to include at least one eccentric camping recipe on this list, and here it is! Onion bombs are just as odd and exciting as their name implies. They’re basically meat packed inside an onion, then foil-wrapped and baked over a campfire. Truly an explosion of flavour.

#13: Build a Handwashing Station

Roughing it doesn’t mean you have to forego basic hygiene. Stay healthy and keep your hands clean by using an empty laundry detergent container as a handwashing station. You can even add a roll of paper towels on top, like this person did.

#14: Use Corn Chips as Easy Kindling

Not sure you’ll be able to scrounge up enough sticks to start your campfire? In a pinch, you can actually burn corn chips like Doritos or Fritos. The grease in these products will burn easily, and can help you get a fire started when all else fails. Just don’t use them for the whole fire, since grease fires create a lot of smoke.

Put A New Spin On Summer Camping

With these new activities, campsite tips, and recipes to try, you’re about ready for your next adventure! Use what you’ve learned to get creative this summer and make this upcoming trip a truly memorable experience.

12 Fun Things to Do While Camping in the Rain

12 Fun Things to Do While Camping in the Rain

We’ve already covered the gear you’ll need to camp out in the rain, but what about having fun? After all, camping isn’t just about testing your will against the many challenges of the wilderness. You should also enjoy the experience! Believe it or not, plenty of camping activities can still put a smile on your face even when skies are wet and grey. Read on, and learn how you can prevent bad weather from putting a damper on your next camping trip.

Before We Start — a Note on Planning Ahead

Preparation for a rainy camping trip should include more than packing the right weather-proof gear. You’ll also want to think about where you’re camping since some rainy-day activities require certain natural features (more on that later). Be sure to take along spare batteries as well, since some of the suggestions on this list include the use of portable electronic devices (and last time we checked, most campgrounds are pretty short on electrical outlets).

Now that you’ve double-checked your map and stuffed a few double-As into the outside pocket of your backpack, here are twelve easy ways to have fun when it’s raining on your campsite.

If You’re Already Wet, Go Swimming!

Our relationship with water is pretty weird — we scramble to avoid it when it’s falling from the sky, but when we see a large body we’re often tempted to get in and soak ourselves from head to toe. If you’ve decided to camp near a lake or river (or if you’re camping on the coast), then try going for a swim next time it rains. When you’re already immersed in water, it’s pretty hard to be bothered by a few drops.

Bring Out the Boats

If you’re camping near a dock, why not take a canoe or kayak out on the water? Yes, you might find yourself bailing a little liquid out from the bottom of the vessel as it collects — but you’ll also find the experience of boating in the rain completely different from doing it during clear weather. The sight of mist gathering near a bank of pine trees on the shore, or the sound of frogs chirping as they come out into the open can be magical in an understated way — plus, you’re much more likely to have the lake to yourself!

Catch a Fish or Two

Why should you have to be the only one out of your element? If you have to get wet, you might as well pull a few fish out of the water and onto dry land — after all, misery loves company. Rain doesn’t keep fish from biting, either. In fact, you might be likely to catch more than usual, since the good spots probably won’t be as crowded. Just make sure you have the necessary permits.

Finish Your Summer Reading List

Not all of our rainy-day camping activities require a large body of water — and if you’re anything like us, you probably spend most of the year wishing you had more time to read all those great books your friends have recommended. Well, what better time than while you’re hiding from the rain in the middle of nowhere? Just make sure you pack your books in water-tight bags so that leaks don’t destroy them. Oh, and we don’t recommend reading outside during a deluge.

Have a Game Night

It might sound odd, but board games and playing cards are often more entertaining than usual during a camping trip. Maybe it has something to do with the lack of distractions that are usually within reach during the average family game night at home. Taking away the creature comforts of civilization really lets you focus on the object of whatever game you’re playing — in fact, the only time this writer has ever been able to pay attention long enough for a full game of Risk was during a rainy weekend camping trip with friends.

Kick Out the Jams

If anyone on your camping trip is musically inclined, have them bring along an instrument or two. When it rains, take everyone inside the tent or under a tarp and start up a jam circle! You can even include members who don’t play anything by handing them simple percussion instruments like tambourines or maracas. Remember, you’ll probably be pretty isolated — so it’s not like you need to impress a panel of celebrity judges or anything. Just have fun! Oh, and obviously we don’t recommend bringing electric instruments along (although we have to admit, busting out a sweet two-handed tapping solo in the middle of the woods somewhere would be pretty metal).

Tell Spooky Stories

Telling scary stories around the campfire is such a common camping ritual that it’s practically become a cliche. Why not make it your own this year and escape bad weather at the same time by taking the tradition inside the tent? Just switch out the campfire for a flashlight, and you should be good to go!

Make Arts and Crafts

If you’ve brought along construction paper, coloured pencils, scissors and tape, it’s easy to spend a rainy afternoon drawing or making collages in the comfort of your tent. As with other paper-oriented solutions on this list though, we recommend keeping these items sealed in waterproof bags or pouches until it’s time to use them — and make sure you have a responsible way to collect and dispose of the scraps!

Have a Movie Night!

With high-resolution screens on so many portable devices, it’s easier than ever to watch a movie or two during a rainy trip to the wilderness. We suggest that you don’t rely on streaming services to watch this content though, since network coverage can get pretty spotty when you’re camping far away from towns and cities. Consider investing in a portable DVD player, which can be powered with either batteries or a generator — and don’t forget the DVDs!

Play Video Games

Okay, nobody wants to spend their entire camping trip on their devices — but if you’ve exhausted all the other options on this list, a few portable video games can really help pass the time. This is especially true if you’re camping with children, who might have shorter attention spans and get restless during an extended period of rainy weather. Letting them play on a smartphone or portable console for a little while could keep them pacified while you take care of important tasks around camp, and give you a bit of a breather while you plan your next moves.

Play with Shadow Puppets!

If you prefer low-tech entertainment, why not make use of that flashlight we mentioned earlier and create some easy theatre with shadow puppets? This handy video will teach you how to make basic shadow-puppet shapes, and with a bit of creativity, you can quickly use them to start telling spellbinding stories (especially for the youngsters in your party, who will probably be eager to learn how to make them for themselves).

Find Indoor Attractions

When studying the area near your campground prior to setting out, make sure to create a list of places you might want to visit in nearby towns. It’s never a bad idea to camp within an hour’s drive of a town with a museum, gallery, or nice restaurant — just in case the weather turns really grim and you need to get inside for a while.

Weather Doesn’t Have to Control Your Camping Experience

Rain can be disappointing when you’re trying to enjoy nature, but you don’t have to let it ruin your vacation. There are still plenty of outdoor activities you can enjoy in the rain (especially if you’re camping near water), and packing a few clever gadgets can turn even a simple tent into a game room or makeshift entertainment centre when you need to wait out bad weather. In worst-case scenarios, you might even be able to escape to an indoor location nearby. So remember: rain doesn’t have to cut your camping trip short. In fact, it could actually help you have more fun than you predicted.