30+ Hilarious Camping Fails That Would Make Anyone’s Day

Published on 10/27/2021
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A relaxing camping vacation can be a terrific way to disconnect from our busy lives and reconnect with nature. Nature, on the other hand, isn’t always cooperative, and the elements may make things incredibly tough when all we want to do is have fun. It isn’t always nature’s fault; sometimes it’s just that some individuals can’t seem to grasp the concept. We’ve compiled a list of the funniest camping gaffes that will have you laughing and shaking your head at the same time.

30+ Hilarious Camping Fails That Would Make Anyone’s Day

30+ Hilarious Camping Fails That Would Make Anyone’s Day

It All Goes Downhill

The first rule of tent pitching is to always pitch your tent on level ground, but this is certainly not the case with these campers. They got the table right; however, they seem to prefer eating on an even surface but sleeping on an angle. To each his or her own, but we hope these people don’t roll around in their sleep!

It All Goes Downhill

It All Goes Downhill

The Makeshift Tent

There are no words to express how flimsy this tent is. It was on exhibit during Scotland’s annual Eden Festival, and festival-goers couldn’t stop themselves from gawking at such a display of utter ineptitude. Let’s hope there wasn’t a breeze because the tent wouldn’t have been able to take it!

The Makeshift Tent

The Makeshift Tent

Wet Phone

You had to be extra careful not to drop your smartphone in the toilet or in the pool before cellphones were waterproof. Still, even if your phone is waterproof, you definitely shouldn’t submerge it into the water like that! If their phone wasn’t wet, at least they know that their chair is.

Wet Phone

Wet Phone

Screw It

Have you ever attempted to pitch a tent only to give up after saying “screw it”? That’s exactly what this individual did. Given how tough it is to put one of those things together, that’s very reasonable. Let’s hope it didn’t rain this time or else this poor lad here would be drenched!

Screw It

Screw It

Listen To Weather Forecasts

A word of caution: if you’re ever planning on setting up camp, make sure you check the weather prediction for stuff like, perhaps, minor flooding? These guys clearly don’t realize that you can’t just place yourself next to a river because it’s a nice area.

Listen To Weather Forecasts

Listen To Weather Forecasts

Literally Blown Away

Some folks don’t realize how important it is to secure your tent properly. For these campers, it was a well-earned lesson. They were camping in Red Rock Canyon State Park and were unaware of the ferocious winds that blew across the valleys.

Literally Blown Away

Literally Blown Away

Just Bear It

It’s critical for campers camping in northern areas to ensure that their campsite is bear-proof. These guys obviously didn’t get the notice, because their whole tent was taken away, along with all of their supplies hidden “safely” within. We just hope that none of them were harmed because of this.

Just Bear It

Just Bear It

Nothing Else Mattress

When you’re roughing it, inflatable beds are fantastic, but these people failed to measure their mattress to ensure that it would fit inside their tent! Needless to say, they rushed to the next Walmart to stock up on more spacious lodgings.

Nothing Else Mattress

Nothing Else Mattress

Rescued Tent

After their tent decided to go for a swim on a particularly windy day, this woman ended up having a little adventure. She was successful in rescuing it, but they made certain to pack more stakes on their next trip. Hope they learned their lesson and secure their tent next time!

Rescued Tent

Rescued Tent

Life On The Edge

Either these folks are totally inept, or they enjoy living on the edge. Because this location is known for landslides and falling rocks, we wish these campers the best of luck! Seriously though, if you’re planning to go out camping, please don’t do this.

Life On The Edge

Life On The Edge

Mud Everywhere

When he got in his car to go get supplies, he completely forgot that it was still in sports mode. The end consequence was a muddy campground and a few disgruntled people! We just hope that the person who did this helped others in cleaning up the mess he made.

Mud Everywhere

Mud Everywhere

Branching Up

Kayaking and canoeing are popular activities for campers, but after this tragedy, this woman may be hesitant to attempt them again. She was paddling along, enjoying the pleasant weather, when she leaped over a branch that she didn’t seem to notice!

Branching Up

Branching Up

Floaters

This is why picking the appropriate spot is so important! When his tent flooded, this guy decided to make the most of the situation by changing his camping excursion into a boating adventure. That’s one way to turn lemons into lemonade when life hands you lemons!

Floaters

Floaters

Makeshift Submarine

This is why, lads, girls, and however you identify, must always remember to park your automobile somewhere safe and where it wouldn’t end up underwater. Unfortunately for this person, he learned his lesson the hard way, and he tried unsuccessfully to get his automobile out of the water. You can clearly tell that he wasn’t pleased with what happened.

Makeshift Submarine

Makeshift Submarine

Soaking Wet

When this individual noticed that their much-needed toilet paper had been left out and become wet, they remarked, “It’s all frowns here at the campsite.” Those who have ever truly roughed it will understand how dreadful this can be, especially when the only option is to use nature’s natural wipes that grow on bushes.

Soaking Wet

Soaking Wet

Too Close To Nature

While recording a wildlife documentary, this man surely wasn’t anticipating this up-close and personal encounter. Fortunately, nothing went wrong, but he learned an important lesson about avoiding camping too near to wildlife. Just imagine the thoughts that were running through his head while he was staring at the lion!

Too Close To Nature

Too Close To Nature

Never Forget The Poles

This couple was all ready for a nice weekend until they suddenly realized that they had forgotten to pack the tent rods! They opted to turn their van into a tent rather than let their weekend be destroyed. Clever, but remember to bring the poles next time.

Never Forget The Poles

Never Forget The Poles

All Fired Up!

The cause of the fire is unknown, but this couple’s weekend has been wrecked. Fortunately, they weren’t too far from the next fire station, but on their future vacation, they’ll definitely opt for a standard tent. We just hope that none of them were hurt because of this.

All Fired Up!

All Fired Up!

‘I Have The High Ground’

When rain and flooding threatened to ruin their camping trip, these campers decided to get ahead of the problem by pitching their tents at the highest point they could locate. Although this site was high enough to keep the tents from flooding, they were no longer easily accessible. Guys, give it another shot.

‘I Have The High Ground’

‘I Have The High Ground’

Hanging Out

Why camp horizontally against a sheer cliff when you can camp completely vertically against a sheer cliff? That’s still quite risky, even with their safety belts on. Now, we get that this isn’t really a camping fail, but we just can’t understand what makes camping like this so enjoyable for these people!

Hanging Out

Hanging Out

A Bit Dirty

The thick, oozy muck this guy got stuck in while camping during the rainy season is something to keep in mind even if you’re camping on higher ground. Because it was raining hard, he couldn’t make it into town to buy some extra hot dog buns.

A Bit Dirty

A Bit Dirty

Forgetting The Tent

Folks, this is exactly why we constantly double-check to make sure we don’t forget the tent! To be honest, it wasn’t so much that they forgot the tent as it was that they didn’t consider how big of a tent they’d need to accommodate everyone. In any case, this person ended himself sleeping outside in the cold.

Forgetting The Tent

Forgetting The Tent

Roof Camping

Someone has to remind these men that they’re doing something wrong. You might argue that they’re attempting to avoid the rain, but given how dry the land is, they’d be better off sleeping on level ground like regular people. But if they feel safer sleeping on top of their car, then we don’t blame them!

Roof Camping

Roof Camping

Used Up RV

RVs are fantastic vehicles for exploring and camping, as they effectively allow you to carry a mobile home on the road with everything you need. Unfortunately, these folks appeared to have mistreated theirs to the point that it had collapsed into a heap, which was clearly not to anyone’s liking at the campground.

Used Up RV

Used Up RV

A Cheaper Alternative

GoPro cameras are fantastic, long-lasting devices that let you record all of your outdoor activities… However, this individual plainly chose the less expensive option. And when we say “cheaper,” we actually mean “so redneck that you’d be better off not having it at all.”

A Cheaper Alternative

A Cheaper Alternative

Getting A Bit Too Close To Nature Once More

You probably don’t need to be told, but you shouldn’t set up camp in the middle of gator territory. There are a lot of them in Florida, but there are plenty of others that aren’t in the same area as the yearly alligator family reunion.

Getting A Bit Too Close To Nature Once More

Getting A Bit Too Close To Nature Once More

Cutting Down Costs

This is most likely taking the phrase “economic camping” to the most literal sense! Sure, you don’t need a four-room tent to have a good time, but anything that can hold a bit more than your head is generally preferable. We can’t help but wonder how this person was even able to sleep at all.

Cutting Down Costs

Cutting Down Costs

City Camping

When you bring your air conditioner with you, it sort of negates the concept of “roughing it.” You can’t criticize people for wanting to be comfortable, but the only source of air conditioning should be what nature supplies. We simply can’t understand the thought process these people had when they decided to go camping yet brought their air conditioner!

City Camping

City Camping

Chocolate Syrup

On a 95-degree day, these individuals learned not to keep Hershey’s chocolate in their tent. It did, however, work in their favor because it saved them the trouble of melting the chocolate for s’mores. We just hope they brought enough water to make sure the sweetness won’t make them thirsty.

Chocolate Syrup

Chocolate Syrup

Rule Breakers

These lawbreakers are certainly illiterate when it comes to reading signage! This isn’t the most awful crime you could do, but the fact that they literally utilized the sign as a support for their tent suggests they aren’t sweating it too much.

Rule Breakers

Rule Breakers

Might As Well Not Go Camping

This person certainly doesn’t grasp what camping is all about. You may as well remain at home and erect a tent around your workstation if you’re carrying about all that gear merely to keep up with work. Folks, if you’d go out camping but bring your computers like this, then why even bother?

Might As Well Not Go Camping

Might As Well Not Go Camping

Snap!

Imagine lying in your hammock, listening to the sounds of nature, when your head suddenly drops below your feet! Although, if you use a tarp as a hammock instead of, you know, an actual hammock, that’s probably what you’ll get.

Snap!

Snap!

Pay Attention To Height Restrictions

This is why there are height limitations on overpasses! These individuals were looking forward to a nice weekend away, but they never made it to the campground. Needless to say, the picturesque, bridge-free route was chosen the next time. We hope they were able to recover their stuff on the road.

Pay Attention To Height Restrictions

Pay Attention To Height Restrictions

Follow The Signs

Despite the fact that they had considered pitching there anyhow, these individuals were ecstatic that they followed the indication and threw elsewhere. They would have ended up in around three inches of standing water otherwise! This is not a nice way to camp.

Follow The Signs

Follow The Signs

Packing Up

This failure can be attributed in part to the design issue in those teeny-tiny tent bags. It’s also on whoever tried to pack up this tent because they failed to let the air out! Remember, if you’re packing up after a camping trip, always make sure to let the air out so that this wouldn’t happen!

Packing Up

Packing Up

How Did We End Up Here?

When these campers learned that their tent had taken a dip in the river, they were not pleased, but they did learn something important: rods and pegs are included in the setup instructions for a purpose! In case you haven’t realized it yet, keeping your tent safe and secure will ensure that none of these will happen to you!

How Did We End Up Here

How Did We End Up Here

Getting Stomped

If there’s one thing that all equestrians have in common, it’s a deep affection for their mounts. And, in most cases, their horses return the affection – in this example, by wanting to jump right in with them. This tent is far too small for the two of us!

Getting Stomped

Getting Stomped

Nice Try

On one hand, these ladies did their best to put their tent together. On the other side, it’s difficult to see how this tent could have turned out much worse! Needless to say, we can be certain that these ladies just sought the nearest motel instead.

Nice Try

Nice Try

Fitting In

Imagine picking out the ideal budget tent and the ideal comfy mattress, only to learn when you go out there that you completely failed to double-check the measurements. People, please don’t overlook the little things! Otherwise, you’d end up with a sight like this, having trouble fitting in your belongings in the tent.

Fitting In

Fitting In

Flooded

Swimming is usually a popular activity in camping, but not in this case. When these campers completely ignored the weather prediction warning them that major storms were on their way, they were in for the rudest of awakenings. They weren’t having a good time, that’s for sure.

Flooded

Flooded

Like A Nest

So, you finally go on that camping vacation you’ve been looking forward to all year, only to find out that you’re terrible at putting up your tent. Do you A) follow the directions or B) simply say “screw it” and construct a lovely little human nest?

Like A Nest

Like A Nest

Those Are Not Hotdogs

We’ve all seen cattails and thought they looked like hot dog plants, but no one would go to the trouble of putting condiments on them and eating one, right? This guy, for example, did. In case you’re curious, cattails aren’t nearly as tasty as hot dogs.

Those Are Not Hotdogs

Those Are Not Hotdogs

Just The Bear Essentials

Most campers are fully aware of the regulations for storing their food in a secure, animal-proof area, but these individuals evidently missed the message. The human family was just as thrilled as the bear family for stumbling across the all-you-can-eat buffet.

Just The Bear Essentials

Just The Bear Essentials

Hammock Scaffolding

These gentlemen got their minds together and came up with a solution to the space problem… They’re just in the woods, where there’s plenty of room. Hopefully, there won’t be a pile-up in the middle of the night because of those hammocks!

Hammock Scaffolding

Hammock Scaffolding

Stuck

Make sure to check the trail if you’re camping during the wet season! If only the vehicle had four-wheel drive and a front-mounted winch. Always remember folks, when you’re driving, always look ahead! You definitely don’t want to be in a situation like this.

Stuck

Stuck

An Amazing Picnic

Given how brilliant this thing is, this isn’t exactly a “fail,” but it’s still hilarious. What are some ways to save $40,000 on a boat? Purchasing a picnic table, an umbrella, and a motor is all that is required. The issue has been resolved.

An Amazing Picnic

An Amazing Picnic

‘Treefall’

These unfortunate campers were subjected to a night of thunderstorms, including a tornado that struck them unexpectedly. Thankfully, no one was wounded, but it served as an excellent reminder of why you should never camp beneath trees.

Treefall

Treefall

Crappy Food

If it weren’t for the fact that it’s so revolting, you might almost call this device brilliant. This certainly puts the expression “don’t eat where you crap” to the test! It’s probably better to just go to Walmart and grab a barbecue and a cooler.

Crappy Food

Crappy Food

The Best Way To Use Cars

Let’s not act like this isn’t a big deal. People don’t take sports cars camping, and even if they do, they don’t use them to hang their clothes out to dry. Do yourself a favor and trade in the Lambo for a reliable four-wheel-drive vehicle.

The Best Way To Use Cars

The Best Way To Use Cars

Cat’s Out Of The Bag!

If you’re planning on taking your cat camping, reconsider. That’s what this couple discovered when they believed their beloved pet would benefit from some fresh air in the great outdoors. Clearly not. From the looks of it, the cat looks like it’s very annoyed!

Cat’s Out Of The Bag!

Cat’s Out Of The Bag!

Fly High!

What camping vacation would be complete without some water time? This female, on the other hand, received a lot more airtime than she bargained for! You can be sure that this camping session is one she would never forget anytime soon!

Fly High!

Fly High!

The Great Outdoors

The great outdoors isn’t always “great,” as these individuals who got too close to nature proved. A simple trip to Walmart is all you need to see wild things, though.

The Great Outdoors

The Great Outdoors

Little Friends

The thought of camping will really excite you especially if you’re a nature lover. Spending the night being with nature seems so fun until you have to endure being with these little fellas.

Little Friends

Little Friends

Need Some Companion?

When you go camping, you should expect that everything you planned for might not go the way you want it to. Sometimes, well, most of the time, things go south. These campers had late-night visitors in their area.

Need Some Companion?

Need Some Companion?

Check The Weather Update

Planning to go on camping requires you a lot of preparation. Food, transportation, temporary toilets, etc, have to be considered. However, the most important thing that should be considered is the weather. These fellas have suffered through a rainy night and thunderstorms.

Check The Weather Update

Check The Weather Update

Kid’s Tent

This guy below has mistakenly bought a kid’s tent instead of a tent for adults. Not wanting to admit his mistake, he forced himself inside the tiny tent and pretended he was enjoying it.

KId's Tent

KId’s Tent

Lookin’ Like A Taco

Encounters with bears are quite common when you go camping. It’s not something that everyone experiences but it’s actually not that rare either, it happens occasionally. Well, these guys were found by this bear and must have probably looked like soft tacos in its eyes. I mean, they were covered in sleeping bags, the confusion is understandable.

Lookin' Like A Taco

Lookin’ Like A Taco

Backpacking

When we go camping, it’s usually a common experience whenever we get dirty or our stuff get dirty. Of course, you’re dealing with the nature. However, this woman in the picture seems like she’s unaware of the things that could happen during the trip.

Backpacking

Backpacking

Want Some Popcorn?

In a tweet, Missy Shana shared a photo of her camping “adventures and misadventures,” which included a failed attempt at making a snack. Cooking over an open fire can be challenging for some foods, but not for others. As evidenced by the charred remains in her skillet, popcorn appears to be one of the more difficult foods to prepare.

Want Some Popcorn?

Want Some Popcorn?

Poison Oak

Having to rely on one’s own resources is part of the appeal of camping. Hunt for food. Gather your own firewood. Through a thicket of poison ivy on your way to your destination. As @aprileshowerswv on Instagram discovered, the final option isn’t all that appealing.

Poison Oak

Poison Oak

Forgetting Something

You remembered to bring a cooler and the appropriate attire. What about the tarp? Obviously! Stakes for the tent can be driven in with a mallet. It’s all… except for the tent poles Magazine Canoeroots took to Twitter to show off their failure, and it’s all too easy to copy their mistake.

Forgetting Something

Forgetting Something

Cactus Night

When he decided to spend the night in the woods, this guy took a risk he didn’t realize he was taking. When going on a camping trip, it’s impossible to avoid coming into contact with some wild plants and animals. But we think it’s fine if you don’t end up with cactus-sized scabs covering your entire body. It doesn’t appear to be the most comfortable place to rest your head at night.

Cactus Night

Cactus Night

The Best Parking Spot

The caravan’s driver must have thought he’d found the perfect spot because he parked on the sand right at the water’s edge. Perhaps they thought, “Why isn’t anyone else parking here?!” in disbelief. “It’s the ideal location!” There is absolutely no justification for parking further up the sand.

The Best Parking Spot

The Best Parking Spot

Double Deck

We truly hope that this shaky-looking structure is just for transportation and that the owner of this wobbly dwelling did not actually sleep on top of the tent. In spite of all the hard work, we’re not sure we’d be comfortable driving around with that much stuff on our backs.

Double Deck

Double Deck

Ever Heard Of Flat Tent?

So much fun had been had by these campers, that they would not let anything stand in the way of a good night’s sleep. We must know if the tent collapsed while they were inside, sound asleep and unaware. There is a possibility that they simply ran out of energy while setting up the tent and decided to call it a day.

Ever Heard Of Flat Tent?

Ever Heard Of Flat Tent?

Sports Car As A Tent?

We’re not sure if this person has a firm grasp on what it means to go camping in the first place. While it’s cool that your car can do so many things, doesn’t use it as a tent defeating the purpose of getting out into nature?

Sports Car As A Tent?

Sports Car As A Tent?

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