There’s nothing quite like getting out into nature. It’s the perfect escape from the stress of everyday life, nagging bosses, and modernization. I can almost taste it now; waking up to the sweet chirps of birds, to the smell of the wet dew of the forest surrounding my tent, to the morning sun creeping in through the trees and starting to warm up my body. It’s the perfect activity for families and friends to enjoy together
Well, these people that you’re about to meet in the following photos needed a little escape from their daily struggles. They wanted to disconnect a bit from their emails, smartphones, and all of their work tasks. Considering this, they weren’t expecting to face even more struggles along their journey. Nature can be unpredictable, they say, and often times its unpredictable nature (Ha ha) can lead to some pretty funny outcomes. And these outcomes just happen to be perfect for social media intentions. Check out how these people spiced up their camping trips, for better and for worse.
You can expect to get a bit dirty when you go camping, it’s only natural considering that you’re sleeping out in the woods. But, this camping getaway seems to have gotten particularly messy. It looks like a pretty inconsiderate driver decided to accelerate and speed away from the tents, spraying all of the campers with dirt.
I would not be so happy if I was a camper there!
Law Abiding Citizens
Just like Tesla, who sang in the famous song "Signs," "Signs, signs, everywhere there's signs, do this, don't do that, can't you read the sign?" Apparently no, all these campers are either illiterate or challenging oppression and rules. They'd rather toss those rules to the side and live in the moment than find somewhere for their tents. Whatever repercussion will come later on, they'll deal with then.
Thanks to the campers' refusal to conform to society's rules, the photographer of the picture was awarded with a great photo opportunity. Way to go campers, don't let the big brother hold you down!
There's people with taste and then there's people with expensive taste. The latter group would never be caught dead hanging their clothes on a clothes pin or washing their clothes at a laundromat. No, when they do laundry they gotta go all out, Lamborghini style. Go home or go Lamborghini, you know?
For all you out there trying to shove as many clothes as possible into the laundry machine to save on quarters, just think how expensive doing laundry can be for others.
When Cycling Is Life
Some of us cuddle with stuffed animals or significant others when we sleep, while others among us cuddle with their bicycles. This guy seems to be so passionate about cycling that he even sleeps with it at night. Either that or he's very skeptical about leaving it outside and risking it getting stolen. If you've ever had a bicycle, you can probably relate to that feeling.
Having a bicycle is like having a baby. But, cuddling the bike is a bit of an exaggeration... and I think we're all on the same page about that.
Everything these days is all about doing it yourself. I mean, open up Pinterest, and you can find out how to do literally anything on your own. Doing things yourself can allow you to discover your creative side and new talents. But, they should definitely be done safely and within reason.
This particular example of a DIY project seems to be lacking completely in the safety department. I only hope that there isn't anybody in the camper up above while the truck is driving.
Let Me Out!
It's not always the smartest decision to bring your pets camping, especially cats. Cats have no problem chilling on the coach for days on end, they definitely don't need to get out of the house for some vitamin D. Being in a boring tent with the sounds of nature all around is just not on a cat's bucket list, even though there are tasty birds they could hunt.
This cat has clearly had enough of this trip and is ready to go home.
While this does make for a fantastic photo opportunity, you must be wondering, weren't there other good trees to hang all those hammocks? I guess if there weren't, then this arrangement works pretty well, so long as the people up top aren't afraid of heights.
I wish I would know how those people got up those hammocks and how in the world they'll get down.
Oops... Hope He Has Insurance On That
There are some things that just don't mix well together, like beer and liquor. But for the sake of this list, we'll talk about cell phones and camping. First of all, using your phone while camping basically defeats the entire purpose of camping which is first and foremost a time to ignore everyone and everything from home. And of course it prevents you from becoming one with nature.
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, but they can also lead to things like this. I'm not sure if the owner of this phone knows it yet, but his iPhone is completely submerged in water. It is entirely his fault, though, seeing as though he took his phone along on the trip. I guess he has a very old version of the iPhone and could use an upgrade anyways.
They Should Have Gone for the Family Size Tent
Why bring your own tent when your pal has got your back? Ummm... for reasons like this. When everybody is dependent on somebody else to do something for them, a situation like this can go occur. Credit to the purpose who actually brought the tent. This tent doesn't look like it can hold more than two people and yet, we see 5 people squashed together.
I do not think they are going to have a very good night's sleep.
A Lesson In Work-Life Balance
Do away with the full-time office jobs, working from home has become very popular in the last few years. Is working while camping the next big thing? This guy seems to want to be able to continue with his office work while out enjoying nature. Is it still considered camping if he's on a business call and typing a documents on his computer?
It seems like he can benefit from knowing the meaning of a work-life balance. Also, he should know that bringing all that equipment with him was probably unnecessary and excessive. These days, a smart phone is all you need to get the job done.
To Each His Own
Having a zipper on your tent is so integral that it's hard not to imagine zipping up your tent when you think about your next camping trip. I mean, how else are you supposed to keep out daddy long legs and mosquitoes? The maker of this tent decided to do things a little differently and place a drawstring on the tents instead of a zipper.
I'm not so sure what the logic of this is and I can imagine that there will be consequences to this decision.
Camping Doggie Style
Us humans aren't the only ones who need to get out into the nature and have a vacation sometimes. Take it from this dog here who just needed to get away and relax in his owner's hammock for a little while.
Unfortunately for him, his owner came and interrupted his shut eye with his camera. But, we can't blame him considering that this is such an epic photo opportunity. It seems as though this dog is telling his owner to wait his turn to lay in the hammock.
These campers succeeded in erecting their tent properly, and best of all, they did it with humor. We got it, you pitched a tent. Very funny.
I do wonder whether the owners of this tent know the owners of the roasting sticks. If not, it seems like they'd be fast friends.
While the "No Camping" sign we showed you earlier in the list seemed to attract campers, I don't think any camper will have difficulty following this rule. I'm not sure that anybody would go pitch their tent in the middle of that mud.
It seems like the camper who reserved this spot had no reason to reserve it as nobody else wants it.
I have a lot of respect for someone who wants to downsize his life. But, this biker seems to have taken the concept a bit too far. If you are only able to fit your head in the tent, then that's probably a good sign that your tent is too small. In good news, at least his face will be clear of bug bites and the morning sun won't wake him up.
He probably should have gone in there without his helmet though because I'm not sure he'll be able to squeeze his way out. And would a sleeping bag fit on this person's Harley?
Who Needs A Bed When You've Got A Cooler And Folding Chairs?
This camper seems to have come completely unprepared for his weekend getaway. Not wanting to sleep directly on the ground, he propped himself up on two chairs with his cooler under him. Way to go for making use of what's available to you.
I would have probably just sat sitting up rather than using a cooler as a bed mattress.
There are some people that are just not meant to be campers. Camping involves leaving behind all of the comforts and luxuries of home life and opening yourself up to the grime and dirt of nature. Nobody likes to be sweating in the heat or shivering in the cold, but true nature lovers just chalk it up to being part of the entire experience. So, what does a person do who is just not the camping type but still wants to be in the middle of the woods? He takes some of his home with him to guarantee ultimate comfort!
In this case, the guy seems to have taken his window air conditioning unit and plugged it into a portable generator so he could enjoy the nice, cool air in the scorching sun. Hey, it's not like he's cheating anymore than the guy camping in an RV is he? And we're sure that those "true campers" in other tents will be stopping by for a visit.
This is another awesome makeshift camping device that some campers put together. They transformed an old rigged mailbox into cooking ware to prepare their dinner. It seems to be providing a great warm cooking surface for their hot meal in the wilderness or backyard.
Wherever it is, this is a different way to enjoy dinner and we're digging it. It does require some work and tools, but if you have an old mailbox sitting around that is no longer in use, why not give it a try?
Stop Horsin' Around!
Sometimes you invite guests over to your house and sometimes, to your tent, dependent on where you are. This guy seems to have invited over a horse friend. I hope that, or else he's going to have quite the surprise when he sees what's waiting for him inside his tent.
While horses are typically friendly animals, I'm not so sure that it's a good idea to have them inside your tent with you. Hopefully, this guy is aware of what is going on.
2-In-1 Shopping Cart
We have already shown you a bunch of campers who have designed their own grills out of random objects. I just wonder whether finding a camping grill at a store is that difficult. I mean, don't most people have a Walmart or Target near them?
Seems like this person left the store with the cart and not the grill. That being said, this is a pretty creative way to make your dinner and less costly. I'm just not sure how safe it is.
Who doesn't feel super cool with their hood on? We sure do. While animals do have fur which protects them from the cold, some pet owners go the extra step to ensure that their pooches are warm enough. Plus, we're sure that a big incentive for the photographer is uploading this adorable picture to Instagram.
The dog in this picture doesn't dress cheaply and sports a jacket which we must say is nicer than anything we own!
It's A Bird, It's A Plane...
Camping near lakes has some added benefits, one of them being the possibility to enjoy water sports of all kinds. It's especially fun if you're camping with children. In this photo, somebody thought that it would be a good idea to take the kids for a tubing ride on an inflatable raft. While tubing is an exhilarating activity which pumps up the endorphins, it has the tendency to sometimes end in disaster, as it did for this girl who's flying in the picture.
The waves seemed to be a little bit too choppy, something that the driver of the boat should have worked with, instead of against. At least the two children are wearing protective life jackets, which is absolutely critical if you're going to be cruising at such a fast speed.
We're Definitely Curious About This Site
Now this is a destination I want to visit. Having a memorable name is important for a location, for businesses and campsites. I mean, how else are you going to entice people to come? But, I would think that this sign would only be the culprit of more terrible juvenile jokes. Still, it definitely keeps the business flowing.
I wonder if they've considered making t-shirts? If you're just dying to visit the site, you'll want to get yourself to Hampshire, England, where New Forest and um sandy balls await you.
As children, there was nothing more challenging than getting your kite to fly up in the air like they manage to do in commercials or movies. But, the owner of this tent discovered the easiest way to fly, not a kite, but his tent. With just the right amount of wind, he flew his tent way better than a kite would.
It would have been a smart idea for him to stake their tent into the ground.
More Smores Please
There is nothing that makes me more nostalgic than thinking about roasting marshmallows on a camp fire to make s'mores. There are many people out there who try to concoct the perfect s'more. Here is a pretty innovative way to make a s'more and we must say it's ingenious. This rake method will allow the marshmallows to get toasty, while also heating up the graham crackers and chocolate.
I love seeing how resourceful people can get when they're out in the woods and have to depend on only the few items that they have at their disposal.
Life's A Picnic
Boats serve so many great purposes, such as for relaxing and fishing. But, it's not the smartest idea to chill on a boat all day as it doesn't provide you with good shade for eating your lunch comfortably. So, here you have these guys' invention: the Picnic Boat.
They've even attached a motor to their creation and put up a sign which reads "Picnic Launch." That's a pretty clever play on words.
Probably Not The Embrace He Was Looking For
One of the unspoken agreements among nature lovers alike is to practice respect for your surroundings when you're in the great outdoors. You need to leave things as they were when you came and pick up after yourself. It also helps to have a general understanding of plants so that you don't get into any sticky, I mean prickly situations. This young man could have used a science lesson or two before coming out into nature. He apparently fell into a bed of cacti, which is just about the last thing you want to fall upon.
Luckily, he had a group from the local fire department come to his rescue. These firemen seem to be quite perplexed by the situation and at a loss of what to do themselves. I suppose it's not every day that a man is foolish enough to play around near a bed of cacti.
Porta-Potty On Wheels
If I had one of these, I think I would simply ride around with it all of the time. One of the most annoying things about basically anything (walking around town, driving, and camping) is finding a place to go to the bathroom. Even if you're staying in a camping area that has portable toilets, you usually choose to pee in the woods over visiting one because they are so repulsing. Well, these people seemed to nail that problem right on the head and come up with their own solution.
They set up their own porta-potty and connected it right to the back of their truck. That definitely makes for a cleaner bathroom experience, but the privacy element is hurting a bit and it could benefit from a curtain of some sort.
You know when you eat too much at a holiday dinner and your pants are literally about to bust open? Well, that looks very similar to what is going on in this picture. It seems like these campers didn't leave home without their home, literally. Coming prepared for a camping trip is important, but there is such a thing as being overly-prepared. Plus, it would be smart beforehand to check that your air mattress is going to fit comfortably in the tent.
This camper seems to have brought along a king-sized air mattress for a twin-sized tent. I'm surprised he actually kept it like this instead of just succumbing to sleeping on the hard floor. That'll probably be his regret tomorrow when he wakes up with loads of mosquito bites.
As Close To The Beach As You Can Get
This ambitious camper decided that he wanted to be close enough to the waves that he could wake up to the sound of the waves hitting the sand. Well, how he actually woke up was to the waves hitting his trailer and I don't think that's what he meant when he said close.
Unfortunately for him, he overlooked the fact that the tides change the shoreline overnight. And it doesn't seem like he woke up in time to fix this slippery slope!
For Your "Royal" Heinie
This toilet looks like it's meant for royal campers. For the camper who is into both the comforts of home and staying authentic to nature, here you have it, the Rock-o-Potty.
These campers took some time to locate the perfect sized rocks to create a toilet that perhaps isn't the most comfortable but does beat squatting down in the woods.
"World's Best Father"
Now this is funny one. Considering the look on this father's face and the position of the "World's Best Father" mug in the picture, he definitely planned out this picture. At least we hope that this was the case and that it wasn't just pure irony because this toddler's position on the grill and hot charcoal rocks is quite dangerous.
The guy in this picture is Dave Engledow, a photographer known for his humorous images of himself and his daughter. They have taken a number of hilarious pictures which have gone viral on the internet.
This idea is just plain awesome and a great way to make do out of a used item. We are all for recycling, so kudos to the inventor of this. I just pray that whoever used this toilet sanitized every ounce of it prior to taking it along their camping trip. If a good cleansing was performed, then this toilet seems to make the perfect makeshift beer cooler and grill. These guys get a lot of points for creativity, but are these items really that expensive to purchase? I would imagine not.
Nevertheless, I do hope that it's serving only this purpose on the trip and not simultaneously being used to fulfill somebody's bathroom needs.
Just Like Venice
If you're going to get swept away by a flood during a music festival, then you might as well make the most of it. At Glastobury, these campers didn't have the best of luck and were clearly not prepared for the amount of water they would have to deal with.
It's nice to see that this festival goer didn't let the flood ruin his experience. His positivity is flowing all throughout the festival.
When Mufasa Stops By
If this guy made it out from this situation in one piece, then he'd have a great story to tell and an awesome photograph. But, I imagine that this is one of those pictures that doesn't have such a happy ending.
Maybe the African Savannah wasn't the ideal camping ground, especially if you are going to spend the afternoon reading instead of keeping watch of your surroundings and holding on to your rifle.
"I have a secret for you and you're the only one i'm telling" says basically everybody. It is similar to this sign which is letting campers know of a secret campground up ahead. I'm sure that the campsite is super pretty and special, judging based off of the surroundings in the picture, but I don't know what's so secretive about it is there is even a sign pointing it out.
I think instead of suggesting the campground so clearly, it would have been smarter to place a series of clues on the ground and only those in on the secret would be able to figure it out.
These custom roasting sticks are pretty hilarious for about 10 minutes and acceptable if you're at a bachelor party. But, at the end of the day, they're pretty childish.
I do hope that there aren't kids around the campfire seeing and even using one of these roasting sticks. Scratch that. This is definitely pre-teen humor.
The Flying Tents
We have to give them credit for pitching the tent, but it seems they forgot the most important part...hammering the tent pegs so it doesn't fly away!
Imagine these people's faces when they came back to their campsite and saw their tents weren't there. In fact, we hope that's what happened, and there weren't actually people inside the tents!
Camping With Style
We don't know what this tent/hammock is called, but we're loving it. This woman definitely knows how to camp in style; she even made herself some stairs! This takes outdoor skills to a whole other level.
What more could she possibly need? She has her own fancy tent house, complete with what we're sure is a very comfy blow up mattress inside (or, judging by this woman's standards, an actual mattress), and, she's literally in a giant hammock, completely safe and secluded from whatever is going on on the ground.
The mere thought of climbing this rock wall makes us cringe, but actually pitching a tent and sleeping there?! These people are crazy. We're aware this is what professional rock climbers do, and it's surely very safe and properly set up, but still.
The thought of sleeping in a suspended tent, thousands of feet from the ground, with the possibility of plummeting to your certain death at any moment...no thanks!
The Good Old Camping Prank
This just never gets old, does it? Nothing like grabbing your friends mattress and floating it on the lake in the middle of the night, especially when he's with his girl. Can you imagine waking up and putting your foot out of bed, only to fall in (what's probably freezing!) water?
Safe to say, we wouldn't talk to the prankster for a while... Then again, they probably slept like babies floating peacefully on the water all night.
Come on, Girls
Nothing like good teamwork, especially when you can laugh at it when it goes hilariously wrong. These two girls seem to be taking their tent-pitching disaster in stride.
It seems they did a good job getting the tent up, but everything just kind of went down-hill from there. Or maybe they just didn't notice they set it up on top of a huge rock. Regardless, they seem to be having a good time.
Tent or Art Installation?
This is too hilarious to be accidental. Clearly, they already have a place to sleep, just look at that fully equipped trailer in the background!
We're not really sure if this is a trampoline that collapsed in itself, or a tent pitching that went horribly wrong, but it looks so disastrous it almost looks intentional. And what's going on with these red balls? Are they lights, decorations, or parts of the tent?
Bring Your Own TV
Who said you can't mix the great outdoors with modern society? This guy decided it was way too stressful to watch TV from home, so he took it camping with him.
On one hand, we get that everybody's idea of leisure time is different, but this kind of defies the purpose of going camping in the first place. And how does the glare not bother him? Oh well, to each his own.
Kudos to you, buddy. The only thing more fun than drinking out of a big, red plastic cup, is doing it whilst hanging from a tree. We don't know if he got up there by himself, or it was part of a prank, but he looks to be enjoying the whole situation.
And hey, look at the bright side, he can get wasted and fall asleep without worrying about a bear attack or insect bites. That's what we call being a responsible drunk.
21st Century Phone Booth
This is just brilliant. Who needs a smartphone or a phone booth when you have a state-of-the-art can?! What makes this even more hilarious is the ironic symbol of a phone, almost pointing out the absurdity of needing to communicate with the outside world when you're in nature.
We love this, because it's a very clever reminder to just unplug and unwind, which, as trivial as it may seem, so many people aren't able to do nowadays.
Just Throw it in the Trunk
Clearly, these people are very attached to their boat. It's amazing this car can even advance with that thing in the trunk; I mean, come on, sometimes you just have to learn to let go.
Maybe it didn't occur to them to strap it on the roof? Not that that would have been ideal either, but hey, at least they wouldn't be driving a car with a gigantic boat sticking out of it. Well, at least they won't have to worry about cars keeping their distance...
Can't Leave the Party Behind
This either belongs to a serious party animal, a professional DJ, or just the designated music provider for a party in the woods. Either way, we have to applaud the resourcefulness of him actually tying this massive, old-school stereo to the back of what looks like an already heavy backpack.
Whether it was a massive rave or just wanting to have the best possible sound on your campsite, we're sure no one ever appreciated music the way this person did after dragging that huge thing on their back!
An Obvious Choice
New Life Lane or Dead End? Seems fairly obvious, although we guess it depends what mood you're in at the moment. Regardless, this is a very ironic and, actually quite hilarious, sign to come by.
It would certainly be enough to leave a happy-go-lucky camper pondering for a while. Going straight or turning left has never felt like such a big decision!
Flower Power Camping
Whoever said hippies couldn't be organized and plan ahead?! Just look at this beautiful, vintage 1960s-inspired tent!
Not only does it look comfy and spacious, it takes you back in time and makes you feel like you're actually camping out in a VW Van! Woodstock, anyone?
DIY Can Opener
There's nothing more frustrating than arriving to your campsite, and realizing you brought all canned foods, but forgot the damn can opener. But hey, if you're hungry enough, you'll find a way, like this guy obviously did.
We commend the effort, because a sharp rock was probably the best thing available. Just remember to watch out for rock bits when you're having your bean supper!
Now, we've all heard about hoarders, but we've never seen mobile hoarders! We don't know if this person just decided he was too broke for a moving truck, or simply thought it would be a good idea to bring all of their earthly possessions to a camping trip.
However, we can tell you one thing, we are astonished they actually found a way to pack and tie it all in. Where there's a will, there's a way!
Against All Odds
Bravo, girl! This woman refused to let a little water mess with her camping experience. Or maybe, she just decided the other side of the river looked like a better spot, so why go through the trouble of taking down a perfectly set-up tent?
We hope there wasn't anything valuable inside, because one step on a sharp rock and there goes your phone! She actually looks like she's enjoying the whole ordeal.
Hide Your Kids
Camping is one of the most fun activities for kids. Although we're sure these kids will feel very differently after this particular outing.
We don't see any food nearby, so we're hoping this bear just walked by and the kids were left with nothing more but the scare of their lives. Whatever happened in the next ten seconds after this photo was taken, we really hope it wasn't a tragedy.
DIY Pig Roasting
Whoever did this deserves a prize for creativity. When was the last time you saw a DIY, self-spinning pig spit?! It's just genius, using all nature has to offer to make life easier.
There's just one little problem...what happens if there's no wind? No mind, a small glitch on the road to a great invention patent.
Worst Breakdance Ever
We have no idea how this poor guy got into this situation, or how it ended, but we can be absolutely positive he's never going to enjoy camp fires again.
Judging by the empty bottle next to the cooler, it's safe to say this guy probably had a little bit too much to drink. Remember kids, no drinking (or breakdancing) next to a fire.
Porter Potty Disaster
Being in a porter potty is already not the most enjoyable experience, add a full-blown fire to that and you've basically got anyone's worst nightmare. Or at least, what's surely to be one of the worst days of their life. Talk about a camping fail.
Well, at least whoever witnessed this will most likely never have a problem with going to the bathroom outdoors. We don't know what exactly happened here but we're really hoping that truck in the background has come to the rescue.