Camping and drinking go together like peanut butter and jelly. In fact, many people consider camping to be incomplete without a few rounds of drinks around the campfire.
So, if you’re looking for a way to spice it up, and for some fun new drinking games to play while camping, you’re in the right place. I’ve put together a list of the best camping drinking games, complete with instructions on how to play them, so grab a few beers (or whatever your drink of choice is) and get ready for some fun!
1. Never Have I Ever
The first camping drinking game on our list is called Never Have I Ever. This game is great for getting to know your fellow campers and learning a few embarrassing stories along the way.
To play, simply go around the circle and take turns making statements about things you have never done. For example, “I never have been camping before.” Anyone who has done the thing that you’re talking about must then drink. The more outrageous the statement, the better!
Kings is a drinking game that is similar to Never Have I Ever, but with a twist. To play, each player takes turns drawing cards from a deck and performing the actions associated with that card. For example, if you draw an Ace, you to take a drink. If you draw a King, everyone else has to drink.
There are all sorts of different variations of this game, so feel free to get creative and make up your own rules.
3. Drink, Drink, Shot
This game is a fun spin on the childhood classic, Duck, Duck, Goose.
With everyone seated around the campfire, the chaser walks around the circle tapping the other players heads as they go by, saying drink. They then select a player for a shot by tapping their head, and saying shot. The person selected must chase the first player around the circle back to the empty chair. If they catch them, the player caught must take the shot. If not, then the chaser is the one who drinks.
4. Two Truths and a Lie
Two Truths and a Lie is a classic game that can be played anywhere, anytime. All you need is at least two people and a willingness to fib a little.
Here’s how to play: each person takes a turn sharing two true statements and one false statement about themselves. The others then have to guess which statement is the lie, and If they guess wrong, they have to take a drink. It’s that simple! This game is perfect for getting to know new people or learning more about your friends.
5. The Alphabet Game
The Alphabet Game is a fun way to pass the time anywhere – on long car rides, at parties, and of course, while camping. To play, simply choose a category (e.g., animals, countries, things that are green, etc.) and then take turns naming items that fit into that category, starting with each letter of the alphabet.
For example, if the category is “ice cream flavors,” one player might say “banana” for “B,” while another might say “chocolate” for “C.” The first player to get stumped or to name an item that has already been named is eliminated, and must take a drink. You continue this process until only one person is left, and they are dubbed the winner.
6. Dizzy Race
I’m pretty sure we’ve all played a variation of this game at least once in our life. Dizzy race is a game in which two or more players must race to a specified point and back after spinning in a circle 10 times. The loser/s have to drink, and the process continues until no one is left standing.
I can tell you from experience that this game gets a whole lot funnier, and a whole lot harder the longer you play/more you drink.
7. Key Words
Key Words is a versatile game that can be adapted to any situation. To play the camping drinking game version, you first come up with a list of common camping-related words you and your friends will most likely say throughout the night. Think tent, hike, bush, fire, and things of that nature. You then all agree that these words are now banned for the night. So, any time someone says one of these words, they have to drink.
This is a popular party game that is perfect for large groups. To play Medusa, everyone starts with their heads down till the count of three. They must then each look up, directly at another player.
Anyone who is looking at someone who is looking at someone else is a-okay for that round, but any players that look directly at each other must yell “Medusa” and drink. The process repeats until everyone is incapacitated.
Thumper is a simple and easy to play drinking game that is perfect for camping. To play the game, everyone sits in a circle and picks a hand signal for themselves. The first person starts the round by starting a simple beat on their knees/table that the entire group follows. They then make their hand signal, and follow it with someone else’s hand signal.
This passes their turn off, and the next person continues this process, performing all the previous symbols thrown up by the first player and then their own signal in addition someone else’s. The round goes on until someone can’t make the correct hand signals or until someone loses the beat, in which case they have to drink.
10. Either Or
This game is a great way to break the ice and get to know people. To play Either Or, the first player asks the group a simple question such as “Nachos or tacos?” The rest of the group then has to determine which of the two options the first player likes more. Those who get it wrong have to drink, but if the entire group gets it right, the person who asked the question is the one to drink.
11. Most Likely
Most Likely is a party game that is bound to get everyone laughing. The premise is simple: a player asks the group a question such as “Who is most likely to have been arrested?” or “Who is most likely to go skinny-dipping?” Everyone in the group then points at who they think is most likely to do so, and the person with the most fingers pointed at them must take a drink.
12. Drunken Artist
If you’re not a fan of Pictionary, then Drunken Artist is not your friend. (although its one of my favorites!) The game is started by the first “artist” having a word whispered in their ear by another player. They then have however much time the group decides is necessary to draw out whatever was whispered to them, which is usually 30 seconds in my experience.
Once done, each member of the group tries to guess what it is, and if nobody gets it right, the artist has to drink. If one or more members of the group guesses it right, neither they or the artist have to drink, and instead everyone who guessed wrong drinks. The process is continued with the previous drunken artist whispering a new subject in the next artists ear.
13. Cheers Governor
Cheers Governor is a game that requires a bit more concentration than some of the other games on this list, which results in a lot of fun/drinking.
The game is played by a group of people sitting in a circle, taking turns counting to 21. The first rule of the game is that the numbers 7 and 14 are switched, so whoever was supposed to say 7 is now supposed to say 14.
If someone forgets one of the rules and messes up, they have to drink, and the round restarts back at the number 1. When someone reaches 21, they say ‘cheers to the governor!’ and everyone toasts and drinks. They then make up a new rule of their own, and this cycle is repeated, getting more and more tricky as more rules are created.
14. Beer Pong
An oldie but goodie is Beer Pong. This one is sure to get everyone involved and I guarantee there will be some friendly competition. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the game, beer pong is played with two teams of two people each.
The object of the game is to throw a ping pong ball into one of your opponent’s cups, which are arranged in a triangle on the other side of the table. If you make it in, they have to drink the contents of that cup, and the first team to get rid of all their cups wins. This is my favorite drinking game of all time, actually.
Side tip: if bringing a folding table isn’t feasible for your camping trip, just sit down and play on the ground. It won’t be the same, but I guarantee it’ll still be a hoot.
15. Flip Cup
Last but not least is flip cup. It’s a lot of fun, and it’s perfect for camping because it doesn’t require much equipment. All you need is a few cups and some drinks.
To play, each team lines up on either side of a table (or any flat surface) with their cups filled with whatever beverage they’re playing with. When everyone is ready, the first person on each team starts chugging. As soon as they’re done, they set their cup down upside down on the edge of the table and attempt to flip it back over.
Once they’ve succeeded, the next person on their team can start drinking. This continues until one team has finished all their drinks and flipped all their cups over first.
I hope you all enjoyed this list of camping drinking games! If you have any other favorites, be sure to let me know about them in the comments below. And as always, drink responsibly! (or not, I’m not your Mom)
Happy camping! 🙂
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