Things to do at a camping sleepover

Inviting guest over for a night of fun in tents is an exciting event. You will need the usual camping gear to have a camping sleepover. Tents, sleeping bags, flashlights, bug spray, and campfire material are a must.

In this article, we are going to look at unique things you can do to make you camping sleepover one to write about.

For the food lovers

Great food is always one of the things that people will remember at any event, including a camping sleepover.

Whether those are the classic options or some new offerings, your guests will surely love going on sleepovers at your house if you include these activities:

Make your own pizza

Like they say, you can’t go wrong with pizza. But since people have different preferences when it comes to their favorite pizza, why not turn your camping sleepover into a fun DIY pizza event?

This activity will not only keep your guests entertained, but it will also help you ensure that they’re going to enjoy good food that’s according to their taste.

Make your own dough or buy pre-made ones for each of your guests. Prepare different toppings like pepperoni, cheese, bell peppers, olives, tomatoes and onions, and have your sauces ready.

Set up a pizza-making station in your backyard and let your guests get busy with their own pizza creations. You can then sample each other’s pizza and award the best pizzaiolo of the night.

Make some s’mores

You can’t do a camping sleepover and not make s’mores. This classic camping dessert and snack has been a favorite of both the young and old because it’s fun and easy to make, and of course, absolutely delicious.

Stock up on some Graham crackers, marshmallows and milk chocolate for your s’mores station. You can also add more ingredient options like fresh fruit slices, nuts, and even sprinkles to give your guests the chance to be creative with their own s’mores creations.

If your not making a fire, but still want to eat marshmallows with a twist, you can try eating marshmallow candy.

Make your own popcorn

Popcorn is another staple camping food, especially if you’re going to have movie night. But instead of just sticking to classic flavors like cheese, barbeque, and sour cream, you can get a little adventurous and go for more unique flavors like bacon, matcha, and caramel.

If some of your guests are not huge fans of popcorn, you can also have some chips ready for them to enjoy.

Make tacos

Tacos are one of those foods that’s easy to make, very filling, and has a lot of varieties. So, why not set up your own taco bar at your camping sleepover?

Prepare your protein like pork, beef, or fish to accommodate everyone. Have some toppings handy like shredded cheese, salsa, lettuce, guacamole, sour cream, and tomatoes.

Of course, don’t forget your soft or hard taco shells and some hot sauce to finish it all up.

For the fun lovers

You can’t just do a camping sleepover and expect everyone to be in their tents by nine. Of course, you have to make the night a lot of fun with these activities:

Watch a movie

This is a classic activity for camping sleepovers because everyone loves to watch a good movie. Adventure films always top the movie choices, so go for the most adventurous one.

You can then set up your projector outdoors. Prepare some popcorn to enjoy during the movie. Maybe even light a campfire if it’s allowed in your area. You will have an amazing time screaming, eating, and just being with each other during your sleepover.

Play bingo

Do you want something that everyone will enjoy without having to figure out how to play the game? You can never go wrong with bingo.

You can buy a bingo game at your local department store, give everyone a card or two, and play bingo while you gather around the bonfire. If you’re feeling a little generous, you can even give some treats to those who win each game.

Do karaoke

While you can’t karaoke if you’re camping in the forest, doing a camping sleepover in your backyard will give you the opportunity to do karaoke with your guests.

Make sure to stock up on your song lists, prepare your entertainment area outdoors, and have some drinks. Sing your hearts out to your favorite tunes all night. You can also do a random disco party under the stars while you’re in your pajamas. Wouldn’t that be a lot of fun?

Go on a night walk

If you live near a park or trail, you can include a night walk in your list of activities. This will not only be exciting, especially for the kids, but you also get the opportunity to stretch while you’re showing your guests the neighborhood.

Search for gold

Digging in your backyard for gold could be the perfect activity to remember. Before starting check to see if you live in an area where gold could potential be found. Don't worry if you don't, you can always plant some treasure in the ground and have everyone join in for the dig.

For a night to remember

Of course, you can’t forget about the classics when it comes to planning a successful camping sleepover. Here are some ideas to help you put together a night everyone will remember:

Add some glam to your tent

Camping may be all about being basic and rustic, but doing a camping sleepover in your backyard gives you the opportunity to add a touch of glam into the usual camping setup.

Aside from making sure that your tents are spacious and sturdy, you can also add some pillows, mattresses, and blankets to make sure that everyone will sleep comfortably. You can even add a care package with some toiletries and treats for that memorable camping sleepover.

Have a plan B

So, what if it suddenly rains during your camping sleepover? You should have a plan B in place so you can still enjoy the night even if you need to move out from the backyard and indoors.

Indoor tents are very popular these days and you can still plan activities that everyone will enjoy even if you can’t have a camp fire or sleep under the stars.

Make it as personal as possible

Of course, you have to set your camping sleepover apart from other types of sleepovers by adding some personal touches here and there. If you’re feeling extravagant, you can give each of your guests their own set of pajamas to wear for camping.

You can also give them treats like personalized self-care baskets with face masks, nail polish, and other trinkets inside. For the kids, you can set up an activity area and give them t-shirts or pillowcases to design using fabric markers.


A camping sleepover can be a lot of fun with your friends and family. Take some time to get all of the supplies you need. Plan some special activities and food for a memorable adventure.