Despite there being many different types of holidays on offer nowadays, thanks to the ease of travelling between countries, we still seem to enjoy escaping to the great outdoors on a camping trip. According to the Great Britain Tourism Survey, 4.7 million camping and caravanning trips were taken between January and June 2015. However, a camping trip wouldn’t be complete without something going wrong, which most of the time turns out to be hilarious.
At Snooper, we love nothing more than hearing about your experiences, so we decided to gather together some of the funniest camping stories so you can have a chuckle too.
Work trip turns soggy
Dan from Wolverhampton had a camping nightmare a few years ago while on a trip for work:
“Myself and two former colleagues, who were also very close mates, had put up a tent in blazing sunshine, all ready for a weekend working in Llandudno with a few beers and food.
“A couple of days later, we had torrential rain that had come off the sea we were camping just moments from. Water came pouring through the roof into the other single room to my left and onto the head of a 6ft 5in guy who was squeezed into a sleeping bag much too small.
“We woke up the next morning, cold, soggy and stinking of wet cheese and onion Pringles (we’d left them in the porch area). As it turns out, we’d forgotten to put the roof of the tent on and the guy who had had water dripping on him all night was actually using the roof as a pillow. He instantly began a nonsensical rant, blaming the Queen for ‘being all high and might in her palace, not having to camp for her job’
“It was absolutely hilarious but we managed to have a great weekend. It’s always the perfect story to drag up over a pint in the pub.”
Too drunk to put up a tent
Uninvited guest on camping trip
Reddit user stlfreak shares his story of a camping trip with his dad:
“I was living in southern Colorado at the time, going to college, and my dad and I decided to go camping for a night. We picked our spot, set up camp, and made dinner - nothing unusual there. Dinner was cooked just as the sun finished going down and I was stood stuffing my face with a plate of noodles, my dad doing likewise when we suddenly hear this deafening roar.
“We look around, and by now, it’s almost so dark that we wouldn’t be able to see our hands in front of our faces if it wasn’t for the campfire. We were both dead silent, scared to even move. Neither of us could see any eyes or tree movement or anything that would indicate wildlife but we were both certain we heard a roar and it was so close that we were both certain it was a bear (whereas a mountain lion would have a more cat-like ‘rawr’).
“‘Let’s go!’ my dad said, tossing his plate into the fire. I did the same, and we hopped in his truck and took off, petrified. My dad is a total cheapskate, so for him to leave his camp (tent and all) out where anyone could grab it, plus waste $15 in gas to go home and then have to come back and go home again, says a lot.”
Held hostage by cows
Tent turns into swimming pool
Hannah from Brighton shares her story of a tent failing to keep her dry while she was at a festival:
“I went to Secret Garden Party a few years back and borrowed my friend’s pop-up tent. It had a slight issue as one of the tent poles had broken slightly making it look a bit floppy but it seemed fine - or so I thought. On the first night, the heavens opened and I woke up at 6am to find I was actually lying (submerged) in a pond inside my tent. It had completely flooded and had rained so much that I was basically swimming in my sleeping bag.
“It was only thanks to my incredible brother in law who went and bought me a tent from one of the festival shops that I didn’t have to sleep in a puddle for the rest of the festival!”