Last weekend, Sean and I went camping at Lake Easton with our friends Charlie and Michele. Naturally, I packed a bag of games! I tried not to go too far overboard and focused on packing small games that would work well at a picnic table.
Here is the list of games I brought and why:
- Hive (small, quick, can get wet or dirty without damage)
- Slide 5 (small, quick, playable on a picnic table)
- Mexican Train (dominoes can get wet or dirty)
- Bohnanza (because this group played it recently and liked it–also because small box is easy to pack)
- Zombie Dice (small to pack, quick dice game, can get wet or dirty)
- Farkle (small dice game, can get wet or dirty)
- Perudo (fairly small and portable, can get wet or dirty)
- Pass the Pigs (small, can get wet or dirty)
- Waterproof deck of cards (small, waterproof!)
- LCR (small, quick, waterproof/dirtproof, Sean likes it)
We camped from Friday to Sunday. Here is the list of games we actually played:
- Slide 5
- Set (Charlie & Michele brought it; I didn’t actually play it, but they did)
On Friday night, we played Bohnanza and Slide 5. Both were really fun. We played by lantern light on the picnic table. There was some fierce bean trading in Bohnanza and some psych out your neighbor fun in Slide 5.
Sadly, those ended up being the only 2 games I played the entire trip! I got a terrible sleep on Friday night because Lily, our golden retriever, kept whining. She woke me up a bunch of times. We tried making her sleep in her own tent, but she apparently wanted to get up at 4 am.
On Saturday, I was pretty exhausted from that, but I toughed it out and went for a mountain bike ride with the rest of the group anyway on the John Wayne trail. We walked Lily a lot that morning so that she was tired and slept while we were away. We rode for about 2.5 hours on a very bumpy and (for me) challenging trail.
After the bike ride, I crashed in a camp chair and napped while the others went inner-tubing on the lake.
We roasted veggie dogs and corn for dinner both nights–yum!
Amazingly, I was not feeling up for a game after dinner on Saturday because I was so sleepy! I went to bed about 9:30 pm and got a better sleep, but Lily still woke me up a few times. She needs to work on her camping routine! It’s hard to be mad at that sweet face though.
By Sunday, Lily was becoming a better and more mellow camper, but by then, I was still tired and Sean and I were starting to catch a cold, and we didn’t fit in any more games that day.
I learned that it’s especially hard to find the time and energy for games on a camping trip with so many other outdoor activities to enjoy! We have another camping trip planned in September where we will have to carry all of our supplies with us for a mile or two to the campsite. I’ll have to carefully consider the size and weight of the games I bring on that trip!