Campsite Movie Night while you are on a camping holiday, is an excellent way to wind down the day from a great day of camping adventures. All you need is a portable screen, projector, a clear sky, a great fire, and some great snacks to have a marvellous campsite movie night.
While family camping is a great time for everyone to unplug from smartphones and enjoy the great outdoors, it may be tough for your kids to unplug and recharge.
When it comes to campsite movie night, it allows you and your family to add some excitement and charm to your camping adventure by packing all the must-haves for a campsite movie night.
This post will help you find the must-have for campsite movie night, that still allows you to enjoy the natural surroundings around you and your family, but with a nice batch of buttered popcorn.
7+ Best Campsite Movie Night Gadgets And Gear Must-Haves
So how do you build your outdoor camping theatre for movie night?
With the number of camping adventures, I have accomplished over the past few years with the family, I can say that these campsite movie night items have saved many boring nights away from home.
Portable Camping Projector
Camping Cinema Projector – A campsite movie night can not start without a great portable camping projector.
The great thing about many of the popular travel projectors is that they are extremely compatible with smartphones, laptops, streaming gadgets like Amazon Fire Stick & Roku, and popular gaming systems like the PS5.
Whatever the platform you use to connect to a portable camping projector, you are on your way to a great movie night while camping under the stars.
How To Take A Projector Camping. Many portable travel projectors don’t require a lot of power to get up and running for a movie night at the campsite.
There are numerous ways to generate electricity, ranging from heat-powered generators to water and wind turbines. Solar power is an excellent choice for a clean, quiet, and cost-effective power source. It is free to use after the initial purchase and setup.
At your campsite, you can install a portable solar panel. Some have stands that can be propped up to face the sun. They require sunlight to charge, so if it is cloudy, you may be without power.
We recommend that you pair your solar panel with a backup battery.
Read here about the best travel projectors available on Amazon today.
Portable Outdoor Movie Screen – Along with a portable camping projector, a big screen to have your movies projected on is a must for a great campsite movie night.
If you only intend to use your outdoor projector a few times a year, there are foldable movie screens that are low-cost and have removable hanging strips and are built with lightweight material that is ideal for temporary viewing.
But, if adding a big screen to your campsite movie night kit is too much for you to pack, you can project your movie to any flat surface at your campsite (like the side of a camper or a giant white sheet) which can save you some money as well.
Portable Bluetooth Speakers
While some of the portable travel projectors available today have built-in speakers, they don’t produce the outdoor cinema sound quality you want while watching movies under the stars.
By adding a few extra Bluetooth speakers to your camping party movie night gear, it can help you get that great cinema surround sound experience to kick up your outdoor movie nights up a notch or two.
When it comes to portable Bluetooth speakers, look for waterproof speakers that can be fully charged before you leave with a good battery life that can last enough for a camping trip.
If it’s a crowded campsite, and you don’t want to disturb your fellow campers, then adding some Bluetooth headphones to your campsite movie night gear can make all the difference.
These types of campsite movie night gadgets are a great way you and your family can enjoy movie night as loud as you’d like, and not disturb anyone else in the process.
With electronics needed for your camping in the park movie night, you will need power.
Before leaving on your camping adventure, it’s best to fully charge your portable electronics for the first night of movie night.
Another thing to keep in mind that your electronics might need to connect to a power source.
Keep in mind that some campsite might have power sources available for charging your electronics, or you can bring a portable generator.
Here are some solutions to your power source needs:
- Back-up battery packs for electronics that need batteries for power
- Battery powered projector for camping accessory – Portable power packs for electronics like smartphones, mini-projectors, and anything that charges via USB.
- Or, a Bio-Stove (which I love for camping pictured above) that turns fire into electricity! It’s a Camp Stove that generates 3 watts of usable electricity, stores it in its internal 2600 mAh battery, and works as a power bank for USB charging of LED lights, mobile phones, and other devices even without a live fire.
For the ultimate outdoor movie night, It’s crucial to be comfortable while watching a film. No one likes being uncomfortable when watching a movie, and if your chairs aren’t comfortable, your camping group will become restless.
For your campsite movie evenings, several wonderful camping chair alternatives are easy to carry into your vehicle.
I recommend zero gravity chairs for your campground movie nights because they are lightweight and glide into an ergonomic zero-gravity posture seamlessly. Alternatively, an inflatable lounge chair (as seen above) may make any relaxed outdoor movie night even more enjoyable.
A camping party movie night under the stars is not complete without snacks.
If you want a popcorn fix for you and your family, Jiffy Pop is still around, and it’s easy to make over a campfire.
Keep in mind that if you want to use Jiffy Pop over a campfire, I would suggest a campfire popcorn extension holder to avoid burning yourself.
Another cool popcorn camping gadget for movie night is a campfire pit popcorn popper which can allow you to continually pop pan after pan of delicious popcorn with no danger of burnt knuckles.
Oh, and don’t forget about popcorn seasoning!
Remember to pack to have easy-to-use roasting sticks for your family, so you could enjoy smores, sausages, wieners, hot dogs, and even vegetables or fruits around the campfire.
Portable Cooler For Drinks
With all of the snacks being enjoyed while watching the outdoor entertainment, you will need cold beverages to wash these snacks down.
That’s why having a cooler nearby make for keeping everyone hydrated during a late-night flick.
Without a cooler, your movie night drinks are just warm and un-refreshing, and nobody wants that.
Plus, If you’re planning on having a beer and other adult beverages, you might want a separate cooler, to avoid any mix-ups with the young ones.
Things To Consider For Campsite Movie Night
When it comes to a great campsite movie night, there are a few things that you should always consider to make it the best outdoor movie night ever.
- For the best viewing experience, always wait until it is pitch black at night.
- If you are serious about campsite movie nights, invest in a screen for the best possible image.
- Portable projector speakers are not the best, so consider an additional sound source like Bluetooth speakers or headphones.
- Be considerate of your campsite neighbors and if it’s late at night and you want to watch a movie on the big screen, keep the noise level down so others around you can enjoy his/her night under the stars.
Campfire movie nights are great ways to spend a nice warm night under the stars. The great thing about building your portable movie theater is that it’s expensive and can be set up in minutes.
If you have not tried an outdoor movie night during a camping adventure, you should give it a try, it will make family camping more entertaining.
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