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Bonding Under the Stars: 29 Fun Camping Games for Couples

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Hello fellow campers and future campers. Imagine being surrounded by tall trees, sitting around a cozy campfire, and gazing at the stars with your special someone. Camping trips can be a great way to spend time together. But did you know there are cool games you can play to make your camping adventure even more awesome?

In this blog post, we’ll explore fun camping games for couples like you. These games aren’t complicated; they’re easy to understand and loads of fun. Whether you’re new to camping or an old pro, these games will make your outdoor experience more enjoyable.

So, if you’re planning a camping trip with your partner or just curious about fun activities you can do together in the great outdoors, keep reading! We’ll show you some great games that will make your camping adventure memorable and full of laughter. Let’s get started and make your outdoor journey a fantastic one!

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A couple playing a board game at a campsite

Couples Games to Spark Conversations

If you want to get closer to your partner and have nice chats while camping, conversation games are awesome. These games make it fun to learn more about each other and create a sweet and cozy mood. You can enjoy these conversation games by the campfire, on a hike, or when you’re relaxing together. They’re sure to make your chats more interesting and bring you closer as a couple.

We are including these first for several reasons. First, and most important, social games like these are shown in studies to build trust and improve relationships (1). Secondly, we play these kinds of games a lot and enjoy them. Finally, they don’t require anything special and can be played at any time or place. We think that camping together is a great way to improve your relationship and adding in some of these games will help.

  1. Never Have I Ever. Playing “Never Have I Ever” allows you to delve into each other’s experiences, preferences, and secrets. This game encourages open and honest communication as you take turns sharing personal stories or asking specific questions.
  2. Twenty Questions. In “Twenty Questions,” one player thinks of a person, place, or thing, and the other player asks up to 20 yes-or-no questions to guess the answer. It’s a great way to test your partner’s deductive skills and knowledge.
  3. Truth or Dare. This classic game adds a playful and adventurous element to your conversations. Take turns asking each other personal questions (truths) or suggesting fun and daring challenges (dares). Get ready for laughter and exciting moments!
  4. The Alphabet Game. These games are like memory challenges and help your partner learn more about you. In “The Alphabet Game,” you start with the letter “A” and take turns saying camping-related things that begin with each letter of the alphabet.
  5. Two Truths and a Lie. One person shares three statements about themselves - two are true, and one is false, and the other person tries to guess which one is untrue.

Couples Games To Get Up and Around

If you and your partner enjoy being active and exploring nature, you’ll be excited to know there are lots of fun games to play while camping. These games are not only fun but also help you grow closer while surrounded by the beauty of the outdoors. These active camping games for couples provide an excellent opportunity to connect, have fun, and make unforgettable memories in the great outdoors. So, get out there, embrace the adventure, and enjoy the beauty of nature together.

  1. Scavenger Hunt. Embark on a thrilling scavenger hunt adventure with your partner. Create lists of nature-related items or landmarks for each other to find within your camping area. If you are looking for something less DIY the Gofindit game is a lot of fun for a kids game.
  2. Hide and Seek. Feel the rush of anticipation and surprise as you play a thrilling game of hide and seek amidst the wilderness. Take turns hiding while the other person seeks. The natural surroundings provide the perfect setting for a game full of suspense and discovery. Just make sure you establish boundaries and guidelines to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for both of you.
  3. Bocce Ball. Get your partner together for a fun game of bocce ball. This Italian game is about rolling balls and trying to get them close to a target ball. You can play it on grass, sand, or gravel. It’s a cool game that lets you compete and enjoy the outdoors.
  4. Cornhole. A popular outdoor game that guarantees hours of fun and laughter. Set up two boards with small holes and take turns throwing bean bags at them, aiming to score points. This game combines skill and friendly competition, making it a delightful way to enjoy the outdoors with your partner. Feel the excitement build as each bean bag sails through the air, hoping for the perfect aim!
  5. Charades. It’s a classic party game for a reason and it’s perfect for couples to enjoy while camping. This game is all about acting out different words or phrases without speaking, challenging both your acting skills and your ability to guess correctly. It’s a delightful way to communicate non-verbally, while also fostering teamwork and laughter.

A couple playing a card game at a campsite

Couples Card Games

Card games are a great pick for couples who like to have fun competitions and think carefully. Whether you’re sitting by the campfire or inside your tent, card games are a super way to stay entertained when you’re not out exploring. We really enjoy taking a couple of these every time we go camping. They don’t require much space or setup so they are perfect for playing around the campfire.

  1. Table Topics (Couples Edition). A conversational card game designed to spark interesting and engaging discussions. Players take turns drawing a card and then share their thoughts, opinions, or stories related to the question or topic on the card. A great way to get to know each other better.
  2. Love Lingual. An emotionally engaging card game designed to deepen connections and understanding among players by exploring the concept of love languages. In this game, participants draw cards that present scenarios, questions, and activities related to the five love languages: Words of Affirmation, Acts of Service, Receiving Gifts, Quality Time, and Physical Touch. Players take turns responding to these prompts, sharing their preferences, experiences, and feelings regarding how they give and receive love.
  3. Play Nine. Combine your love for card games and golf with this fun and exciting game. Play Nine is a strategic golf-themed card game where the goal is to shoot the lowest score over nine holes. Bluff, bid, and strategize your way to victory as you navigate the golf course with your partner.
  4. Dirty Minds Card Game. Add a playful and risqué twist to your camping game night with this adult card game. Dirty Minds Card Game challenges your assumptions and tests your ability to think innocently while deciphering clues that have hilarious double meanings. It’s a great way to have fun and share a few laughs with your partner.
  5. We’re Not Really Strangers. Take your camping trip to a deeper level of introspection and emotional connection with the We’re Not Really Strangers Card Game. This thought-provoking game encourages vulnerability, self-reflection, and understanding. It’s a unique opportunity to strengthen your bond and discover new facets of each other’s personalities.

Bonus If you have a traditional deck of cards there are so many games you can play (2). Our favorite 2-person game is Casino. It’s fast-paced and just competitive enough to be interesting. We have even passed it on to our kids. I’m not going to try to explain the rules because I’d just confuse you so check out this quick video.

How To Play Casino (Card Game) - Gather Together Games

Couples Board Games

When it comes to camping games for two players, board games are a fantastic option. They offer immersive gameplay and strategic thinking that can keep you entertained for hours. Whether you enjoy strategic challenges, cooperative gameplay, or word-building fun, these board games are a fantastic addition to your camping trip. Don’t forget to pack them along with your other camping essentials for hours of entertainment and bonding time. Here are some popular board games that couples can enjoy during their camping trip.

  1. Forbidden Island. Work together as a couple to retrieve ancient treasures while the island is sinking. Cooperation is key in this thrilling game.
  2. Codenames: Duet. Test your teamwork and deduction skills in this clever word game, where you must give and guess clues to locate hidden agents. You can spice things up with Codenames Deep Undercover if your feeling adventurous.
  3. Parcheesi. a classic board game that combines strategy, luck, and competition in a thrilling race to move your pawns around the board and into the safety of your home column. With a perfect blend of strategy and chance, “Parcheesi” keeps players on their toes as they strive to be the first to get all their pawns home.
  4. Bananagrams Duel. Put your word-building skills to the test in this fast-paced and portable two-player game. Duel is a compact version of the popular Bananagrams game, where you compete against your partner to build interconnected word grids. It’s a great game to play while enjoying the outdoors and spending quality time with your loved one.
  5. Azul. This beautifully designed game challenges players to create stunning mosaics by strategically selecting tiles.
  6. Unstable Unicorns (NSFW Edition). A whimsical and quirky game. Build your own unicorn army and sabotage your partner to become the ultimate unicorn master.
  7. Scrabble. Challenge your word-building skills with this classic crossword game. Create words on the game board using your letter tiles, and strategically place them to maximize your score. Scrabble is a perfect game to test your vocabulary and enjoy some friendly competition with your partner.
  8. Rummikub. Exercise your number skills with this fast-paced and strategic game of tiles. Use your tiles to create runs and sets, and be the first to get rid of all your tiles to win the game. Rummikub is a great choice for couples who enjoy both strategy and luck in their games.

Couples Trivia Games

If you and your partner like testing their knowledge and learning new things, trivia games are a great option. They’re not just fun but also a chance to see who knows more and have cool chats. Whether you’re big trivia fans or just enjoy brain teasers, these camping games for trivia lovers will keep you having fun for a long time.

If you are into trivia games we recently wrote a post about trivia games for road trips. All of those games are also perfect for camping. We’re not going to include them here to avoid being redundant but check it out for more ideas.

  1. …I Should Have Known That. A delightful and entertaining trivia board game that challenges players’ general knowledge and memory. It guarantees hours of fun and friendly competition, allowing players to showcase their smarts and learn new facts along the way.
  2. Lyrically Correct Trivia Card Game. Challenge your knowledge of music lyrics with the Lyrically Correct Trivia Card Game. Guess the correct missing lyrics to popular songs while enjoying the scenic beauty of your camping surroundings. It’s a great way to bond over shared memories, favorite artists, and musical genres.
  3. Bold. Want to get closer and make your relationship stronger? Try the Bold Couples Card Game. It helps you have important talks about things like your dreams and fears. It’s a cool way to understand each other better and make special memories.
  4. Off Topic. If you’re looking for a fast-paced and hilarious trivia game, the Off Topic Party Game for Adults is sure to deliver. Test your knowledge across various categories and try to come up with the most unique and creative answers. Get ready for laughter, friendly competition, and a lot of “I can’t believe you said that” moments.

Before You Go …

Now that you have a whole bunch of great games for your next couples camping trip we wanted to suggest checking out our list of outdoor and nature holidays. This will give you many more excuses to get outdoors and celebrate together. Also, if you enjoyed this post please share it with your friends. Thank you!

Reference List

  1. Depping, Mandryk, et al. Trust Me: Social Games Are Better than Social Icebreakers at Building Trust. Available from: https://dl.acm.org/doi/abs/10.1145/2967934.2968097
  2. The Best 2 Player Card Games With a Standard Deck [Internet]. PlayingCardDecks.com. 2023. Available from: https://playingcarddecks.com/blogs/all-in/the-very-best-two-player-card-games

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