Camping is a way for families and friends to escape the everyday pressures and struggles of the regular world and get out to enjoy nature for decades now. The people in these photos decided to leave their email accounts, smartphones, and never-ending work tasks behind (well, in most cases, anyway). They were rewarded with the unpredictability of nature, which can often lead to hilarious results.
Don’t Go Poking Around
Camping, just like other ways of exploring nature, must be done with a certain respect for one’s surroundings. Otherwise, you can find yourself in a rather…spiky situation, like this young man. After falling into a group of cacti, he had to get help from the local fire department, who don’t seem sure about how to address the issue.
Just Sanitize It First
I suppose that this is a decent idea if you sanitize the uh, equipment properly beforehand. Here you’ve got a toilet repurposed as a combination beer cooler and grill. They say that necessity is the mother of ingenuity, but are coolers and grills really that expensive?
Signs, Signs, Everywhere Signs
Just like Tesla, the singers of the famous song “Signs,” the dozens of campers in this photo don’t have any time for being told what to do by oppressive signs. It seems like the rules have been tossed aside at least momentarily. At any rate, this sign makes for a great photo opp! Don’t let the man hold you down, campers!
The Conveniences Of Home
What’s one supposed to do when you’re torn between the perks and comforts of home and the call of nature? In this case, it seems like the solution is to plug your window air conditioning unit into a portable generator and enjoy the nice, cool air! Hey, it’s not any more cheating than “camping” in an RV, is it?
Gonna Take A Ride
A lot of people enjoy camping near lakes where they can enjoy all types of water sports. In this case, someone decided it would be fun to pull an inflatable raft behind a boat for some summer fun. Unfortunately for one rider, the waves got a little choppy that day. It’s good to see they’re both wearing their life jackets, however!
Now We’re Cooking
Although this rigged mailbox is not much of a solution when it comes to a campfire, it provides a nice, hot cooking surface for hot meals when you’re out in the wilderness, or just as likely in this case, in your backyard. That’s one way to enjoy a nice, hot dinner!
And you thought coin laundries were an expensive way to dry your clothes! Even the most expensive coin-operated dryer can’t compare to the price of a Lamborghini being used to anchor a clothesline, however. At this point, you have to think the owners are just showing off, aren’t they?
One of the most annoying things about camping is simply having to find a place to relieve yourself. Portable toilets are generally not the cleanest places in the world, after all. Well, this camper found a great way to allow for a cleaner restroom experience, although maybe a shower curtain would help with the privacy element.
While some would say that dogs, cats, and other furry mammals have built-in protection against the elements, some pet owners like to go the extra mile for the comfort of their “fur babies.” That’s definitely the case with this spoiled pooch, who has a nicer jacket on than many humans own!
People are often pretty passionate about cycling. This guy is obviously one of those folks. In this photo, he’s shown cuddling up to his bike. Meanwhile, a woman lays outside his tent, fending for herself. Sure, keep your bike safe from the elements, but do you really need to cuddle with it?
Not Scared Of Heights
You see this photo, and you have to wonder, weren’t there any other suitable trees for hammocks nearby? I suppose this setup is okay if you’re not scared of heights, particularly because the higher hammocks are enclosed, but how do they get up and down?
Most people expect to get a little dirty when they spend a weekend camping, but they probably don’t expect something like this to happen. In this case, it looks like a particularly inconsiderate driver decided to rev up and speed away from the tents, spraying everyone behind them with mud. Not very nice!
Not Exactly Roughing It
Apparently, this guy is under the assumption that it’s considered camping as long as you’re inside of a tent. However, you have to wonder whether he needs a little schooling on the meaning of having a positive work-life balance. Fortunately for this guy, these days you can do everything he was probably doing in this photo on your smartphone.
A Friendly Visitor
Horses are generally very friendly creatures, but that doesn’t mean you want one inside your tent. This inquisitive horse is probably giving someone quite the scare. Hopefully, that’s not the case, and all of the people are out of the tent as this picture is taken.
Shhhh…It’s A Secret
“Okay, we’ll tell you about the location of the super-duper, top-secret campground, but you can’t tell anybody, alright? You have to promise not to say anything, or else before you know it, everyone will know where it is. They’ll even put a sign up revealing the secret and everything!”
Do It Yourself
The do-it-yourself community has earned a reputation for ingenuity and creativeness, but this particular example of the DIY ethos may be lacking a bit in the safety department. Let’s hope that, at the very least, there isn’t anyone actually in the camper above while the truck is in motion.
Bursting At The Seams
These campers certainly thought of everything, and preparedness is a big part of camping. There appears to be a problem here, however. The camper in question seems to have bought a king-sized air mattress for a twin-sized tent. That’s why you measure the tent before you buy the air mattress, folks!
Should Have Left It At Home
Here’s just another reason why cell phones and camping don’t mix. Not only do they distract you from the whole point of going camping, which is to get in touch with nature, but also things like this can happen. One submerged iPhone later, and this camper has more than just a wet seat to worry about.
One-Stop S’mores Station
S’mores are the unofficial snack of camping, which has led many to try to develop the perfect way to prepare the delicious campfire treat. This person may have nailed it with his rake method. Not only will the marshmallows get toasty, but the graham crackers and chocolate will be nice and warm, too!
Room For One More?
Some people follow the rules as they are laid out on the box, and others seem to consider such rules to be merely suggestions. You can bet which category the owners of these feet belong to. Why assume that a tent can really only hold two people, after all? It’s hard not to feel bad for the person on the bottom.
That’s One Way To Do It
With all these campers who have made their own grills out of strange objects, you have to wonder whether it’s really that hard to find a simple grill at the store. This de-wheeled shopping cart may do the job, but it’s probably not the safest possible solution, too.
Pranks are almost as much a part of camping as marshmallows and ghost stories. In this case, one camper seems to have fallen asleep before the others and either he’s a very deep sleeper, or he had a few adult beverages beforehand. In any case, his friends certainly had a good time giving him a makeover!
Not The Best Spot
This ambitious camper decided that he would get really close to the water for his camping trip. Unfortunately, he forgot that the tides shift the shoreline overnight, and now he’s woken up to quite a big problem. You have to wonder how he was able to get out of that sticky situation!
Unlike the “No Camping” sign earlier, this sign is probably one that people will be happy to obey. After all, not many people want to pitch a tent in a foot of muddy water. You have to wonder what the person who reserved the spot is thinking now? And what about the tent in the background? They must have been really determined to camp that weekend.
Next Time, Buy A Hammock
Apparently, this particular camper did not have a tent, did not want to sleep on the ground, and made do with what was available to him. You have to think that sleeping sitting up would have been better than using a cooler as a bridge between two flimsy foldout chairs, however.
Better Than A Kite
As kids, we all struggled to get our kites to fly the way that they do in the commercials or movies. However, the owner of this tent has found out the hard way that with the right amount of wind, a tent can fly even better than a kite would! Next time, these campers will surely stake their tent into the ground appropriately.
That’s The Attitude
Music festivals and camping go together like music festivals and awful weather. At Glastonbury, these unfortunate campers were not prepared for the amount of water they’d deal with, but at least one festival attendee is not letting it ruin his experience. That’s the kind of attitude we like to see!
What An Invention
Boats are great for fishing and relaxing, but they don’t offer the most comfort when trying to avoid a sunburn or eat your lunch comfortably. Enter this man’s invention: the Picnic Boat! If you look closely, the man has even attached a motor to it and named his creation “Picnic Launch.”
Oh, The Irony
Judging by the facial expression of the father and the placement of the “World’s Best Father” mug, this photo was planned and supposed to be humorous. That’s fortunate since it obviously wouldn’t be a great idea to allow a toddler to sit on the grill and do the cooking over hot charcoal rocks.
The Porcelain Throne
For the sensible camper that wants the comforts of home without giving up the authenticity of nature, we have the Rock-o-Potty. This camper took the time to find perfectly sized rocks for the creation of a toilet that may not be super comfortable but is a step up from squatting down in the woods.
You know, dogs get stressed out and need a vacation sometimes, too. Therefore, this dog decided that he could occupy his owner’s hammock for a little while. Too bad his owner is interrupting his snooze with that pesky camera! He looks like he wants to tell his owner to wait for a turn.
It’s A Mini
You have to respect someone who attempts to downsize a little bit in life. However, this biker may have taken things a little bit too far. I suppose that a tent that you can only fit your head in will keep the bugs from biting or the morning light from waking you up, but wouldn’t a sleeping bag have fit on this person’s Harley, too?
Oops Pow, Surprise!
This is one of those photos that you can’t imagine ending very well. Perhaps the African savannah was not the best place to pitch a tent, especially if you’re going to leisurely spend your afternoon reading while being unaware of your surroundings (and five feet from your rifle, to boot).
A Little Childish
Alright, these custom roasting sticks are pretty funny at first sight, but isn’t this a little bit childish? You have to wonder whether any kids are also around the campfire and seeing these roasting sticks get used. Oh, never mind. This kind of humor definitely involves pre-teens.
Yes, It Is
Not only did the owners of this tent erect their portable home properly, but they also obviously did it with a sense of humor. We get it, very funny…you “pitched a tent.” You have to wonder whether the owners of this tent know the people from before with the roasting sticks? They’d probably be great friends.
What A Destination
A memorable name is an important part of any location, whether it’s a business or even a campsite. However, you have to think that the name “Sandy Balls” probably leads to more juvenile jokes than the owners were expecting. Still, it’s probably good for business. Have they thought about making t-shirts?
Time To Go Home
I don’t care how much you love camping; when you come back to your campsite and see this, it’s time to head back home. These hungry bears may be happy for now, but once they’ve eaten the food, they’ll be on the hunt for more. At that point, you want to be far, far away.
The zipper is such an integral part of camping that it’s hard not to associate that zipping sound with the beginning of another day in the wilderness. In this case, however, the maker of this tent decided against the tried-and-true zipper, with what may have been unintended consequences as a result.
Time To Escape
It’s not always the best idea to bring your cats camping. They often won’t be content to stay in a boring tent, especially with the sounds of nature and all those tasty birds just outside. This particular cat has had it and is doing its best to free itself into the wild.