Ready for the great outdoors? Take a look at our Overnight Camping Hacks and Tips. Save these creative camping crafts, campfire games, and recipes to complete your list of things to do while camping at night!
Overnight Camping at Night
Ready for an outdoor adventure overnight? These Camping at Night Hacks and Tips will provide you with creativity and life tips to get you through an outdoor adventure. Additionally, read through for a list of Things To Do While Camping at Night. Games, activities and traditions to start with the family on your next camp trip!
Before your camping vacation, take a look at these camping ideas including
- Camping Hacks and Tips (our original post, filled with camping tips and goodness!)
- Easy Camping Recipes
- Foil Packet Meals including our Campfire Hot Dogs and Cinnamon Rolls Baked in Oranges
- Camping Packing List
- RV Packing List
Overnight Camping Hacks
We took some of our beloved Camping Hacks and Tips and stepped it up with new Overnight Camping tips and ideas.
Keep your personal sleeping space clean. This shoe basket camping hack keeps all shoes out of the tent and the sleeping area free of mud and dirt. | Sunny Simple Life
Hitting the road in an RV? Save this RV Packing List from Frugal Coupon Living. A camping checklist resource to get you organized.
To prevent cool air from escaping seal the top of the cooler with a DIY cooler cover. Recycle an old foam sleeping pad or yoga mat and cut the foam mat the exact dimension of the cooler interior. | Cabela’s
Speaking of lighting, freeze water jugs before you go. Use them as your drinking water as they melt. You can also illuminate water jugs with a head lamp with this creative Camping at Night Hack. | Flickr
This camping hack is perfect for your tent. Don’t trip over tent stakes by marking them off with bright pool noodles. | Source
Also consider these LED light up ten stakes to prevent tripping over stakes in the night.
Safety first with this unique camping hack. Keep sharp knives safely tucked away in pieces of pool noodles. | Kid Friendly Things to Do
Staying for awhile? Start stockpiling your bread tags for this next overnight camping hack. They make great clothespins for drying clothes or other line items. | REI
I highly recommend water boots/shoes when camping, however it can be inevitable a pair of cloth sneakers gets soaked. Have extra newspapers. Newspapers can line a table, help start a fire or speed up the drying process overnight. | According to Elle
This camping food hack is the best. Have your own on-the-go-traveling pantry. Have easy to access to your food and close the hatch at night to keep the critters out! | Mountain Campingz
Things To Do While Camping at Night
Get creative with these fun nighttime camping activities that go beyond the standard board game and ghost story.
You can partially prepare this camping arts and crafts idea at home. Write on white paper, your child’s name in sharpie. Once you go camping, collect nature (leaves, sticks, twigs, etc) to create this adorable camp art, a nature name activity. | Mrs. Jones Creation Station
During the day, talk about constellations. What is a constellation? a group of stars forming a recognizable pattern that is traditionally named after its apparent form or identified with a mythological figure.
While it is light outside, make this camp craft, a Stellar Constellation Viewer for Kids. At night, stargaze around the campfire and talk about the constellations on your viewer that you also see in the night sky.
Make dessert! Everyone loves a classic s’more recipe. Once the sun goes down, twist up your camping dessert recipe with our Campfire Cones! Less messy (maybe) and fun!
Want to try something different? Make colored fire. Packages of colored fire crystals or pine cones are sold at most camping supply stores or online on amazon. If you want to make your own, you can visit these DIY colored fire ingredients.
When thinking about things to do while camping at night, don’t forget story time. Use a flashlight and your tent to make a shadow puppets show. This How to Make a Shadow Puppet tutorial is very helpful. | Fine Art America
Outdoor Games at Night
Have wondered how to play Flashlight Tag outdoors? We have the answers, great for camping it is similar to Flashlight hide-and-seek.
Flashlight Tag Directions: Similar to hide and seek. Everyone carries their own flashlight but only the person who is IT has their’s on. Instead of tagging with hands, you tag with light. Once you’ve been tagged, you turn on your flashlight, point it toward the sky and stand still. Another player can free you by crawling in between your legs (or tagging you). Once everyone is frozen IT wins and the game starts.
Before everyone hides, establish a perimeter (area you cannot go past.) This is especially important for campsites or unfamiliar areas.
We have plenty of other games you can play! Print our night games for youth. This includes Glow Sardines, Flashlight Tag, Gloweyball, Ghost in the Graveyard, Firefly, Kick the Can in the Dark, and Night Statues.
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Speaking of flashlights, don’t forget our other free printable. Our Flashlight Scavenger Hunt download (see more Scavenger Hunt Ideas.)
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