Camping is a great way to connect with nature and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. But what if you can’t get outside? Fear not, because indoor camping can be just as fun and relaxing!
In this beginner’s guide, we’ll show you 15 unique indoor camping activities for adults that you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home.
1. Set Up an Indoor Campsite
Setting up an indoor campsite is the first step to creating an authentic camping experience. Choose a room in your house or apartment and clear out space for your tent. If you don’t have a tent, you can create a makeshift one by draping blankets over furniture or using a large sheet. Make sure to include sleeping bags, pillows, and anything else you would normally bring on a camping trip.
To enhance the experience, you can also add some camping decorations like a fake fire pit, camping lanterns, or even a fake log cabin wall decal. If you have a projector, you can even project images of the outdoors onto a blank wall to create a realistic backdrop.
2. Cook a Campfire Meal
Campfire cooking is one of the highlights of any camping trip, and you can recreate that experience indoors. You can cook hot dogs or hamburgers on a portable grill or make foil-wrapped meals in the oven. You can also make classic campfire dishes like s’mores or campfire popcorn.
To take your indoor camping meal to the next level, try cooking over a real fire. If you have a fireplace or fire pit, you can roast marshmallows or cook hot dogs on skewers. Just make sure to follow proper safety precautions and supervise any children or pets around the fire.
3. Have a Board Game Tournament
Board games are a great way to pass the time on a camping trip, and they’re just as fun indoors. Gather your friends and family and have a board game tournament.
You can play classic games like Monopoly or Scrabble, or try newer games like Settlers of Catan or Cards Against Humanity. Don’t forget to provide some snacks and beverages to keep everyone fueled and hydrated.
4. Create a DIY Escape Room
Escape rooms are a fun and challenging activity that can be adapted for indoor camping. You can create your own escape room using clues and puzzles related to camping or the great outdoors. For example, you can create a scavenger hunt with clues hidden throughout your house or apartment, or set up a series of challenges that lead to a final treasure. You can also download pre-made escape room kits online.
To make the experience even more immersive, you can create a storyline and costumes for your participants. Encourage everyone to get into character and have fun with the adventure.
5. Plan a Movie Night
Movie nights are a classic camping activity, and you can bring that tradition indoors. Choose a camping-themed movie like The Great Outdoors, Moonrise Kingdom, or The Parent Trap. You can also set up a projector and screen the movie outside if you have a backyard or balcony.
To make the experience even more fun, you can set up a DIY concession stand with popcorn, candy, and other snacks. You can also encourage everyone to bring their own blankets and pillows to make the viewing area more comfortable.
6. Create a Scavenger Hunt
Scavenger hunts are a fun and interactive activity that can be adapted for indoor camping. You can create a list of items that participants have to find around the house or apartment, like a pinecone, a camping mug, or a sleeping bag. You can also create clues and riddles to make the hunt more challenging.
To make the scavenger hunt more immersive, you can create a theme or storyline. For example, you can pretend that your group is lost in the woods and has to find their way back to camp by following the clues. You can also provide prizes for the winners, like a camping cookbook or a gift card to a outdoor store.
7. Do Yoga or Meditation
Yoga and meditation are great ways to relax and connect with nature, and you can do these activities indoors as well. Set up a designated area in your indoor campsite for yoga or meditation. You can use a yoga mat or a blanket as a base and add some plants or nature-inspired decorations to create a calming atmosphere. You can follow a guided meditation or yoga video online, or simply create your own practice.
To make the experience even more relaxing, you can light candles or incense and play nature sounds in the background. You can also encourage everyone to wear comfortable clothes and bring a water bottle.
8. Play Camping Trivia
Camping trivia is a fun and educational activity that can be played indoors. You can create your own trivia questions related to camping, survival skills, or nature facts. You can also download pre-made trivia games online.
To make the game more interactive, you can use buzzers or timers to add a competitive element. You can also divide into teams and have a friendly competition. You can even provide prizes for the winners, like a camping cookbook or a camping gear item.
9. Create a DIY Terrarium
Terrariums are a great way to bring a piece of nature indoors. You can create your own terrarium using plants, soil, and a glass container. You can add decorative elements like rocks, moss, or miniature figurines to create a mini indoor garden.
To make the activity more educational, you can research different types of plants that thrive indoors and choose ones that are easy to care for. You can also create a DIY guide or booklet to share with your friends or family members.
10. Write in a Camping Journal
Journaling is a great way to reflect on your camping experience and document your memories. You can create your own camping journal using a notebook or a sketchbook. You can write about your indoor camping experience, or use the journal to plan your next outdoor camping trip.
To make the journal more interactive, you can include photos or sketches of your indoor campsite, or create a scrapbook with tickets or souvenirs from your past camping trips. You can also share your journal with your friends or family members and encourage them to start their own.
11. Host a Talent Show
Talent shows are a fun way to showcase your skills and entertain your fellow campers. You can host a talent show indoors and encourage everyone to participate. You can perform a song, a dance, a magic trick, or any other talent you have.
To make the talent show more interactive, you can use props or costumes and encourage the audience to participate by clapping or cheering. You can also provide prizes for the best performances, like a camping cookbook or a camping gear item.
12. Play Nature Sounds Game
Nature sounds game is a fun and relaxing activity that can help you connect with nature even when you’re indoors. You can play the game by recording different nature sounds like birds chirping, water flowing, or wind blowing. Then, play the recordings and have participants guess the source of the sound.
To make the game more challenging, you can include obscure or unusual nature sounds, or add a competitive element by timing each guess. You can also provide educational information about each sound and encourage participants to learn more about nature.
13. Do a Craft Project
Craft projects are a great way to pass the time on a camping trip, and you can do them indoors as well. You can choose a nature-inspired craft project like making a dreamcatcher, a birdhouse, or a pinecone wreath. You can also choose a craft project that reflects your personal interests or hobbies.
To make the craft project more interactive, you can provide materials and instructions for multiple projects and encourage participants to share their finished products. You can also provide prizes for the most creative or unique projects.
14. Host a Campfire Storytelling Session
Campfire storytelling is a classic camping activity, but you can also do it indoors by creating a cozy atmosphere with dim lighting and comfortable seating. You can share spooky stories, funny anecdotes, or personal experiences. You can also encourage others to share their own stories or create a collaborative story together.
To make the activity more immersive, you can add sound effects or props to enhance the storytelling experience. You can also provide snacks or drinks to create a relaxed and social atmosphere.
15. Have a Movie Night
Movie nights are a great way to relax and unwind after a day of camping activities. You can choose a nature-themed movie or a classic camping movie like “The Great Outdoors” or “Camp Nowhere”. You can also choose a movie that reflects your personal interests or hobbies.
To make the movie night more immersive, you can set up a projector or a large TV screen and create a cozy seating area with blankets and pillows. You can also provide snacks and drinks to create a relaxed and social atmosphere.
16. Build a Fort
Building a fort is a classic childhood activity, but it’s also a fun activity for adults. You can use blankets, pillows, and furniture to create a cozy indoor camping fort. Add some string lights or lanterns for ambiance and set up a board game or card game to play inside your fort. It’s a great way to feel like you’re camping in the wilderness, without actually having to leave your home.
17. Make Indoor S’mores
No camping trip is complete without some delicious s’mores. You can make indoor s’mores using your oven or stovetop. Simply place graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows on a baking sheet and broil in the oven until the marshmallows are golden brown. You can also use a fondue pot to melt the chocolate and roast the marshmallows over a flameless heat source.
18. Host a Campfire Sing-Along
Nothing brings people together like music, and a campfire sing-along is a great way to bond with friends and family. You can create a playlist of your favorite camping songs or use a streaming service like Spotify to find a pre-made playlist. Gather around a fake campfire (or a real one if you have a fireplace) and sing your hearts out.
19. Have a Movie Night
Movie nights are a great way to relax and unwind, and they’re even better when you’re camping. Choose a camping-themed movie like “The Great Outdoors” or “Wild” to get in the camping spirit. You can also set up a projector and screen to create a more immersive movie-watching experience.
20. Cook a Campfire Meal
One of the best things about camping is cooking over an open flame. You can recreate that experience indoors by cooking a campfire meal in your kitchen. You can make classic camping meals like hot dogs and baked beans or try something more gourmet like campfire chili or Dutch oven lasagna.
As you can see, Indoor camping can be just as fun and enjoyable as outdoor camping, especially when you have a variety of unique activities to choose from. From cooking delicious camping meals to playing games and creating crafts, there are many ways to make your indoor camping experience memorable and entertaining.
So, whether you’re looking to spend a cozy night indoors with friends and family or trying to escape the unpredictable weather outside, these 15 unique indoor camping activities are sure to keep you entertained and engaged. Give them a try and see how much fun indoor camping can be!