There's nothing quite like spending a weekend camping under the stars. Whether you're roughing it in a tent or enjoying the comforts of an RV, camping is a great way to relax and enjoy nature.
And what goes hand-in-hand with relaxing outdoors? Watching a great movie! Here are our top picks for the best movies to watch while camping.
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Friday the 13th (2009)
What's a camping trip without a little bit of bloodshed? Friday the 13th follows a group of camp counselors as they're stalked and killed by an unknown assailant. This classic slasher flick will keep you on the edge of your seat (and maybe sleeping with one eye open).
Here's that incredible opening that defines this great movie, perfect for a campsite movie night:
The Dead Zone (1983)
This classic Stephen King adaptation stars Christopher Walken as a man who wakes from a five-year coma with the ability to see people's futures. While that may not sound like the easiest thing to watch while camping, trust us—it's a great film. The Dead Zone is both creepy and thought-provoking, and it's sure to leave you with plenty to discuss around the campfire.
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
For those who enjoy being scared while they camp, without all the slashing, The Blair Witch Project is a perfect choice. This found-footage horror classic tells the story of three student filmmakers who get lost in the woods while trying to make a documentary about the legendary Blair Witch. This is it if you're looking for a movie that will keep you on edge all night long. Just be sure to bring along a flashlight—just in case.
Stand by Me (1986)
If you're looking for a coming-of-age film to watch while camping, Stand by Me is a great option. Based on Stephen King's novella "The Body," Stand by Me tells the story of four young friends who set out on an adventure to find a dead body. Along the way, they learn about life, love, and loss. This coming-of-age classic is sure to leave you feeling nostalgic for your own childhood adventures—and maybe even inspired to go on a few more of your own.
Into the Wild (2007)
Based on a true story, Into the Wild follows the journey of Christopher McCandless (played by Emile Hirsch), a young man who decides to abandon civilization and live off the land in Alaska. This film is equal parts inspiring and heartbreaking, and it's sure to leave you with a greater appreciation for the outdoors. If you're looking for an inspirational tale (with some gorgeous scenery), this is definitely the film for you.
The Great Outdoors (1988)
If you're looking for a classic comedy to watch while camping, look no further than The Great Outdoors. Starring the late, great John Candy, The Great Outdoors follows the misadventures of a family on vacation at a lakeside resort.
From run-ins with bears to accidental fires, this movie is sure to have you laughing out loud. Plus, it'll make you appreciate any campsite that doesn't come with its own share of drama.
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Looking for something a little lighter? Little Miss Sunshine is a perfect choice. This film follows the eccentric Hoover family on their cross-country road trip to support their youngest member as she competes in the "Little Miss Sunshine" pageant. Hilarity ensues as the family navigates their way through mishap after mishap.
Whether you're looking for laughs or scares, there's a movie perfect for your next camping trip. So pop some popcorn, grab your sleeping bag, and settle in for a night under the stars with one of these great films.
And what better way to entertain everyone than by setting up a portable projector for movie night outdoors? Portable projectors have come a long way in recent years, and there are now some great options available that offer both quality images and reasonable prices.
So before you head out on your next camping trip, be sure to check out our article on the best portable projectors. We've rounded up our top picks, so you can find the perfect option for your needs. And don't forget to bring along a few great movies to enjoy under the stars!
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