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8 Ways to Screw-up Any Camping Trip

Updated on April 29, 2014

Camping is fun for the entire family. Camping is the only activity that the entire family can enjoy and it doesn't cost a mint.

But even the best planners of these family outings can be the "fall guy," when he forgets certain things and does not remember to do things that are key to this camping trip.

I do not go camping anymore

Maybe you should have packed a tent


Remember . . .
as you casually read-over this piece, that the contents may or may not be of a comical nature. Just picture yourself as the "guy" who at one time was so happy to have three days off just so he can take his family camping. Then as it turns out, he is responsible for the eight things that screwed everything up.

A new age campground?


Number 8:

Why on earth did you forget the barbecue grill when it was sitting right in front of the SUV when you packed for this trip? Are we going to cook our food over a fire that you do not know how to start?

Number 7:

I cannot believe that you, such a methodical-thinking man, would leave on a camping trip with your family and not bring your wallet. Guess what? There is a road block up ahead and there are several state troopers who do not look happy about checking driver's license on their day off.

Number 6:

What? I just checked the cooler at the last rest room stop and you fool! You did not bring one item of food for us to eat! And the last time I checked, you are not a hunter.

Number 5:

Why is the SUV slowing down and sputtering? Oh, my goodness. You never filled the tank when I specifically told you, "Fill the tank, idiot," at the same gas station where we all used the rest room but you who stayed with the SUV and spent the time yakking with some strangers from Alabama.

Walmart sells camping gear everyday


You are almost finished. Now how to you feel about this guy who wanted to camp with his family so much and looks like he is about to ruin things for everyone?

Number 4:

Well, we made it by the grace of God. What did you say? Where is the tent? Do you not have the sense that God gave a snail? We cannot camp without a tent unless you intend for us to sleep on the ground like animals.

Number 3:

You forgot the flashlight too? I am not a bat. I cannot make whistling sounds and find my way by how it echoed.

Number 2:

Why are the kids having such a great time? And why are they eating what looks to be a Big Mac? Did you bring them a snack, and leave me out? You are a slow-witted, poor excuse for a man. Did you know that?

Number 1:

Hey, where are you and the kids going? I am not staying here all alone! I am not an outdoors woman! Do what? I didn't belittle you that much. Come on, honey. Let me ride on the top of the SUV--oh it does have gasoline?

And you planned this trip for how many years, 15? That's the same amount of years we have been . . .married . . .

uhhh, honey!!!!

"Thanks for reading this hub."


"I have to be honest. The photo to the right is an old photo. I do not look half this good today in 2014. But I am learning not to complain. I have been blessed with so many followers that I am almost speechless. I have been giving you, my cherished-followers everything I have by way of quality hubs. I hope in some way, I have made you happy."



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    • peeples profile image


      4 years ago from South Carolina

      I love this hub!! We, I mean I, am very much a camper!! I mean no RV just a tent and a sleeping bag and a 2 mile hike to camp! Hubby on the other hand is not even close to a camper. I'm not sure he'd make it in an RV!! I love him but he prefers his WiFI and running water. I imagine if we ever go on a real camping trip together it would go something like this hub! Great!

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear DzyMsLizzy,

      Yes, and sometimes a wash cloth. Story will be told at a later time. Thanks for your comment on this hub that was a real trip down "Camping Lane," for me.

      Camping for a couple with a little girl and little money allowed us to have a vacation. Some places were only $10 a night.

      Oh how I wish those days were here again and gasoline was a mere $1.05 a gallon.

      I am getting depressed right now.

      Thank you, Dzy , for this and all of your remarks.

      Love, Kenneth

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      Liz Elias 

      4 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Hilarious! I can only imagine...some of these mistakes--okay, perhaps all of them--have probably been made at one time or another by campers, experienced or not. But probably not all on the same trip. LOL

      I'm a very experienced and competent camper, but I, too, have had my share of "I can't believe I forgot..." incidents. To wit: have you ever tried to dry after a shower with only a dishtowel because you forgot the beach towel?

      Voted up and funny!

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear Sheila,

      Do not fret. I was the one (in my fictional story) that forgot things, but the part of leaving my wife was purely comedy. She was our backbone in camping and other trips. My daughter and I learned so much from her.

      I bet if she would take truth serum, I would be the one left at home.


      Thank you, dear Sheila, for your visit. Come back again.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      You have to be positive. None of these things would happen to you because in life, it is the people who "think" horrible things will come at them but do not. I think you would make a fine camper.

      Since my camping years are over, I love to "camp out" in a Best Western with a king size bed, air conditioner on, lots of snacks, a cold drink of Coca Cola and a plasma TV going with vintage black and white movies.

      Ahhh. The thrills of the outdoors.

      Please visit with me again.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hey, luxcat,

      Oh, how sad it was for you and your family on your camping outing. But wow, at least you were in France. I can feel your frustration in your comment. And luxcat: Thank you for the moral in your comment.

      I am from now on going to refer to yiou as my new good friend and follower.


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      4 years ago

      Hilarious! I always seem to forget to take at least one thing on a camping trip, but thankfully it's never been anything important.

    • Amanda108 profile image


      4 years ago from Michigan, United States

      (Thankfully?) I'm not much of a camper - or an outdoors person, period! If I did try to go camping, this would probably all happen to me. Voted up!

    • luxcat profile image


      4 years ago from UK

      Kenneth - this was me and my family last year in France. We turned up at a really great, 5 star campsite, with brand new tent, but no bedding, chairs, table or really much of anything (SOMEONE forgot to pack them). We'd just driven for hours too. It was the hottest day of the year and my husband then spent 3 hours finding stores that were open to purchase all the things we didn't have. Moral: Read Ken's Hub before you go : )


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