Camping is the perfect place to relax and spend quality time with your partner. There are plenty of camping games and activities for couples that you can do together, and it’s an excellent opportunity for bonding.
Fishing, hiking, and horseback riding are all great camping activities, but sometimes you’re looking for something a little more relaxing and leisurely. Here are a few ideas for campfire games for adults to keep you and your loved one occupied on your next trip.
This game is a favorite of both couples and families alike and is sure to bring hours of fun on a rainy day in the camper or on a picnic table. It’s small, compact, and easy to take on every camping trip. In fact, we keep a game of Farkle stored in our RV, so it’s always there.
It’s a simple dice game in which players try to score points by rolling dice combinations. Each combination gives a player a certain number of points. For example, if you roll three of a kind, you can choose to keep those points and roll the rest of the dice, or you can decline those points and put those dice back in the mix to try for a higher score. The first player to get to 10,000 points wins. That seems high, but you can easily score 1,500 points at a time with a four-of-a-kind.
This classic game isn’t much of a campfire game as you need a table or something to roll the dice on, but it’s definitely one of the best indoor camping ideas for couples or groups. Once you get the hang of it, you won’t want to put it down.
Like Farkle, Yahtzee is a dice game that only requires two players, but you can include as many as you want.
In essence, you roll dice to complete various combinations. Each time you roll, you can select which combination you’re going after, and for that, you get a score. At the end of the round, you add up all the scores for a total. Whoever has the highest score wins.
There are 13 rolls by each player during each round. The combinations you need to go after include multiples of each number, three-of-a-kind, four-of-a-kind, etc. For example, if you roll four 2’s, you can choose to use that as your 2’s section or your four-of-a-kind, then you’ll add up the total 2’s (8). That’s your score for that combination.
Card games are a classic for a good reason. They’re easy to learn, easy to play, and fun for everyone. With a couple of decks of cards, you can play tons of games. For that reason, we always have a few decks of cards in our RV.
One of the best card games to play while camping is Gin Rummy. It’s pretty simple. You get ten cards, and the game’s object is to eliminate all your cards by melding together groups or runs of consecutive numbers (or, in some variations, the same suit).
For any number of card games, you can print out the instructions and rules and take them with you on your next trip.
While cornhole is a little more robust than the dice or card games, it doesn’t mean it’s any less fun. You’ll just need to make sure you pack up the boards and bags before your next trip. Typically this game is played with four players (two on each team), but it’s still a lot of fun for couples to play. You can even play couple-vs-couple for some competitive action. We had these out at our last campfire and everyone was playing throughout the night.
In this game, players take turns throwing bean bags at a raised platform with a hole in the far end. You score points by either getting your bag in the hole (three points) or landing on the board (one point). Opponents can try to knock the other’s bag off the board to remove the points. At the end of each round, you add the points—the first player to 21 wins.
Ladder toss is like cornhole, but instead of throwing beanbags at boards, you’re throwing bolas at bars. A bola is two small balls connected by a string for the uninitiated.
This is a great camping game for couples but can be played with up to four people.
You can purchase or build a ladder-like structure (see the image) and space them 15′ apart. You score by tossing a bola on a bar. The top bar is three points, the middle bar is two points, and the bottom bar is one point. To win, you need to reach 21 points exactly. So if you have 20 points, the only bar you can score on is the bottom bar for one point.
Guess the Movie
This game is entirely DIY and easy to do. While we generally advocate for disconnecting from your phone or tablet during your camping or glamping trips, you’ll need your phone for this game (phones are also good for playing great music).
Each of you searches for screenshots of your favorite movies, and the other tries to guess which movie the screenshot is from. It can be as easy or complex as you choose, depending on which scenes you select. Suppose you’re going for something more leisurely. In that case, you might find screenshots with the main character or maybe an iconic scene involved (i.e., Jenny running across the Lincoln Memorial Reflection Pond in Forrest Gump). Or you can make it a bit more complicated with some obscure and not-so-obvious scenes.
Camping games for couples are a great way to spend time with your significant other and connect on a more intimate level. This can be done by playing cards, dice, board games, cornhole, ladder toss, or guess the movie – the options are endless.
These activities will not only strengthen your relationship as partners in life, but they’ll also help you reconnect after long days of work! Some of them are more romantic camping ideas while others are fun campfire games for groups of friends. We’re sure there are many more adult campfire games out there, but these just happen to be the best campfire games we like to play.
If these sound like fun camping games for couples that you want to try out this summer, let us know!