A father and son play a card game at a picnic table while on a camping trip.

Disconnecting in Nature for the Weekend? These RV Games Will Keep You (and Your Family) Sane

One of the best ways to bond as a family is to spend time in nature. However, sitting around a campsite watching the grass grow will last about two seconds, especially if you have small children.

Luckily, some games will help keep you and your family not only sane but also laughing together. Let’s take a look at some of the best RV games we think you should enjoy on your next weekend trip!

A father and son play a card game at a picnic table while on a camping trip.

Keep Your Entire Family Happy on Your Next RV Trip

The key to keeping your entire family happy while on an RV trip is to keep everyone entertained. No matter how simple, games can help keep everyone occupied and behaving. The more you and your family do this, the easier it will become for everyone.

You’re not only keeping everyone happy, but you’re growing your imagination and creativity at the same time. Creating a smooth RV trip can help ensure you’re all on speaking terms when you arrive at your next destination.

Best Indoor Games for Your RV Camping Trip

Whether it’s a rainy day or you just don’t want to venture outside, we have a handful of suggestions for some indoor fun. Let’s take a look!

#1. Trash Pandas

Trash Pandas™ Card Game | Photo courtesy of GameWright

About Trash Pandas: In this game, players try to acquire cards like day-old pizza and half-eaten candy. After rolling the dice, you may hit the jackpot and tip over the garbage can. Once the deck is empty, the player with the most points wins.

Why You Need to Play This Game: You can’t play this RV game without laughing and having a good time. Plus, you might encounter some real-life trash pandas at your campsite.

Best For: This game is for two to four players who are at least eight years old. If you’re looking for a quick 20-minute game to get out of a funk, this is a must-have. Keep it in a convenient cabinet so you can pull it out when you need a pick-me-up.

#2. Sushi Go!

Sushi Go!® Card Game | Photo courtesy of GameWright

About Sushi Go!: If your family loves sushi or fast-paced card games, you’ll love this game. Sushi Go! will have you rushing to pass and collect cards. You’ll have so much fun playing this unique game with an even more fun scoring system.

You score points by making the most maki rolls or collecting a full set of sashimi. However, dipping your nigiri in wasabi triples its value. 

Why You Need to Play This Game: Sometimes, a fast-paced card game is the best way to take your mind off a rainy day or a stressful time setting up camp. It’s also a great game to play as a pre-dinner card game to work up your appetite. 

Best For: Campers eight years and older will enjoy playing this game. You can play with two to five players. An entire game takes approximately 15 minutes.

#3. I Spy

About I Spy: Sometimes, the best games require zero setup or supplies. I Spy is a classic game that checks both of these boxes.

You select one person in the group to look around the room and find something they “spy.” They then say, “I spy with my little eye something…” and then give the object’s color. Group members take turns guessing what it could be until they get it right. Whoever guesses the object becomes the person who “spies” something.

Why You Need to Play This Game: This is a fantastic game that you can adapt for pretty much any and every circumstance. It can be great for camping trips or when everyone gets bored in the car on the way to the campground. 

Best For: You can play this RV game with large and small groups and both children and adults. There are no age restrictions and no minimum number of players.

What more could you ask for in a game?

#4. Monikers

About Monikers: Monikers is a party game playable for groups of all sizes. There are 440 cards that cover a variety of topics.

The goal is to get your team to guess the name on the card. It only takes one minute to learn and 30 minutes to play. You may even laugh so hard you’re crying while you play this game.

Why You Need to Play This Game: Sometimes, you just need to have fun. This is a simple game that even a large group can play. Monikers is an inclusive game. Everyone gets a turn giving and guessing clues.

Best For: Due to some inappropriate cards, this game isn’t suitable for the younger crowd. However, it’s also not that great for older adults or individuals who aren’t familiar with American pop culture.


PARKS Board Game
PARKS Board Game | Photo courtesy of Keymaster Games where every purchase of PARKS supports the National Park Service

About PARKS: PARKS is a unique board game where players hike through 45 U.S. national parks on different trails and in all four seasons. This is a true RV game.

Throughout the game, you collect memories and take actions. Gathering sets of memories allows players to trade them in to visit a national park at the end of each hike. The winner is the player who scores the most points by taking photos, visiting parks, and accomplishing the bonus.

Why You Need to Play This Game: If you’re a fan of visiting national parks, you need this game. Even if you’re playing with friends or family who aren’t park enthusiasts, you may be able to share your knowledge of the various parks as you play the game.

Best For: This game is best for players 10 years old and older. You can play solo or with up to five other players. Expect each game to last between 40 and 70 minutes.

Best Outdoor Games for Your RV Camping Trip

If the weather cooperates, you’ll want to spend as much time as you can outside. We have a few suggestions for games you can play outside during your RV camping trip. Let’s take a look!

Two people laugh at each other while enjoying the outdoors.

#1. Ladder Toss

About Ladder Toss: Ladder toss is a fun game that involves tossing golf balls held together by a string toward a target shaped like a ladder. These are typically made of PVC and are durable and lightweight. The construction makes them ideal for RVing because they can easily stow away and take up very little room.

Score points by tossing the balls toward the ladder. The top rung is worth three points, the middle rung is two points, and the bottom rung is one point. The first team or player to reach 21 points is the winner.

Why You Need to Play This Game: This is a fantastic game that requires very little skill to start playing. However, you can grow your skills and become a dominating player if you put in the time.

If you want something fun, easy to set up, and that you can move around your campsite while camping, invest in a ladder toss. Your neighbors will love that it’s relatively quiet as well.

Best For: Because you’re throwing golf balls and there’s the chance of an out-of-control golf ball flying across the campground, you’ll likely want to create some restrictions. You’ll probably want to stick with early teens and older in terms of age. You don’t want to cause damage to a neighbor’s RV, so make sure that no matter who’s playing, they’re responsible.

#2. Geocaching

About Geocaching: Geocaching can be a fun way to hit the trails or explore the campground. People who enjoy geocaching will hide “caches” in random and sometimes remote locations. Users can download apps on their phones to locate the caches and add their names to the log of those who have found the caches.

Why You Need to Play This Game: If not everyone in your family loves hiking as much as you do, make an RV game out of it. Find hikes that have some geocaching along the route. Those who don’t like hiking might not even notice that they’re hiking instead of just playing a game.

Best For: Just about everyone can enjoy geocaching. Both individual travelers or families will love the excitement of trying to track down a cache. Young and old can participate and help each other track down the various caches.

#3. Corn Hole

Two men in flannels and cowboy hats play corn hole outside.

About Corn Hole: While Corn Hole was once a tailgating game, it’s no longer just for sporting events. You start by placing the boards about 25 to 30 feet apart. Players toss their bean bags toward the corn hole board.

Players and teams receive one point if the beanbag lands on the board and three points if it goes through the hole in the board. The first one to 21 points is the winner.

Why You Need to Play This Game: It’s a very popular RV game. If your neighbors and fellow campers see you getting your corn hole boards out, you may just start a block party. Playing a game of corn hole is a great way to meet new people and have fun. 

Best For: A good minimum age would be an early teenager due to the distance between boards. This helps ensure that the player has enough strength to get the beanbag to the board every time.

#4. Scavenger Hunts

About Scavenger Hunts: Nothing beats a good old-fashioned scavenger hunt. Whether you create a list in advance or have a “go-to” list of things you’re hunting for, this can be a memorable experience.

You can set a time limit or not, but the person who checks off the most items is the winner. You can also assign point values to items based on how challenging they might be to complete.

Why You Need to Play This Game: Scavenger hunts can be a great way to see and explore an area without it feeling like a punishment. They can also help you explore an entire area you might have otherwise overlooked.

Best For: A scavenger hunt is a great outdoor activity for all ages. You can play with large and tiny groups. An adult can easily edit or modify a list, allowing them to customize the scavenger hunt based on the time of year. 

Three girls run into the woods on a scavenger hunt.

Bring the Family Together With Games

A weekend of games may be just what your family needs. Whether you’re spending most of your time inside the RV or sitting around the fire, we hope these games challenge you to look for creative ways to spend time with your family.

What’s your favorite game to play while disconnecting in nature?

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