By Jessica Marie
When we venture into the great outdoors we like to think that will be enough to keep us entertained. However, this isn’t always the case. Times when a campfire isn’t allowed, can’t be had (due to heavy rain, snow, or wind), or you are on a long trip and will need something to do. Getting into the great outdoors is a great way to detach from the hum-drum and monotonous thoughts of our everyday lives, but we still need to occupy our minds. Here is a list of some lightweight games and entertainment that we can carry with us when going outdoors. Whether hiking or kayaking, these can be used anywhere.
Lightweight Entertainment List:
- Deck of cards
- Frisbee (can double as a plate too)
- Reading Material – you can opt for a magazine as they are light, or a small book (I always hike with a small book). An eBook can run out of batteries (unless you carry a solar charger), crack a screen, or short out from contact rain or rivers.
- Journal – you can write or draw what you see and experience
- Write – Try writing a piece of poetry or capture what you see into a story for others to experience
- Bean Bag Toss – bring them as empty bags and fill them with rocks or sand when you make camp, then empty them before you leave
- Music – flute, harmonica, hollow drum
- Hobby items – such as a bird identifying book, star watcher book/chart, etc.
- Quiet – simply pray or meditate in nature. You can often see wildlife by sitting quietly for periods of time
- Fishing – If allowed and you have a license, bring in a small collapsible pole
- Dice – there are lots of dice games that can be played, check them out here
- Garden – without disturbing nature, make a quiet little garden or symbol out of rocks or leaves
There are other lightweight entertainments available, but this is a pretty good list to get someone started. We get so focused on talking around a campfire, which is one of the best parts of camping. But sometimes it is good to have other options, especially if you are in a group that might need some ice breakers. Whether on your own, in a familiar group, or a new group, there is something in this list for everyone to help you have fun while venturing in the outdoors.