Camping Fails That Resulted in Amusing ChaosBy Ish Bautista
“The core of mans’ spirit comes from new experiences.” Jon Krakauer mentions from his classic book Into The Wild. Travelling comes from the desire to leave one’s comfort zone. To leave one’s shell and jump into a new journey. You could be stuck in the same repetitive lifestyle and in need of a change of scenery. Travelling can help shift your perspective into a more tranquil state. All you need is the passion, a plan, and a few camping materials. It’s usually better to travel with a group of friends or at least one other person to help set up the equipment. These people, on the other hand, had a challenging time roughing it. From food fails to full-blown accidents, these people ought to reconsider stepping out into the wild. We suggest bringing a first aid kit on your next trip
The ending of this camping trip could have been messy. Although the pancakes look fluffy and tasty, they could contain insect repellent. Good thing this person said “almost” and was probably able to notice the difference at the last minute.
This is why we advise buying different colored bottles not to mix up one product for the other. Applying butter instead of insect repellent wouldn’t be as dangerous as the other way around. Nice save!
It looks like all those days of playing catch paid off! Kidding. This lucky girl managed to salvage the Smore she had intentionally baked over the fire. After all, it is a ton of work to open the marshmallow packet, cook the Smore precisely, and smoosh it all together.
How did she catch it? Well, it looks like she bore a hole through her tent or hammock. Was it worth it? We beg to differ. But hey, some people have different priorities. The food was hers. Nice save, girl!
Stack Em Up
We’re not even sure where to start with this picture. Did they all choose dare instead of truth? Or maybe they’re more comfortable resting when they’re all cuddled up? We can’t possibly see how this can be a convenient or comfortable position in which to sleep.
With their legs sticking out, it appears that they’re going to be cold for the night. Should have brought a 10 person tent instead of a 2 person tent there, buddies. If we saw this on one of our camping trips, we’d be wondering how they ended up there in the first place.
We all have that one friend who wants to bring their entire house on a camping trip. Or at least, the things they can’t live without. These guys thought that bringing an air mattress would help make their night more comfortable. But oh boy, were they mistaken.
This air mattress could barely fit inside their tent. Not to mention, it looks like it’s double padded. How can one even squeeze into the tent? Their legs would have to be dangling from the sides due to the lack of space. Space over comfort? You be the judge.
These campers were in for a bumpy ride. The raft they were riding on seemed like it only had a two-person capacity. It looks like they should have split the group into pairs instead of trying to get everyone on at the same time. This can happen when people get too impatient, and all wanna go first.
Luckily, they were wearing life vests and were able to take a few snaps of the accident. Looks like they’re heading into the water, way sooner than planned! This is a moment they can look back on with a smile for months to come.
When going camping, we suggest going all in or not going at all. One of the main parts of camping is setting up your little home for the night. Now it doesn’t have to be complicated, but when you need help, we encourage you to ask for it.
Setting up a tent sometimes requires the help of 2 people. So don’t try setting it up on your own if you aren’t familiar with how they work. This gal decided that it was too much of hassle to set up ten and decided just to wing it.
When going camping, you need to make sure you enough water and hydrate sufficiently. Or else, you might end up feeling exhausted when you arrive. Regular water breaks are ultra important. This girl looks like she was itching for a rest before setting up camp.
Or maybe she ended up sleeping on the bench on purpose? Either way, she looks comfortable outside of her tent, and at least she isn’t sleeping propped up on a cooler. We’re amazed at how these hardcore campers can sleep almost anywhere.
Gone With the Wind
We have to admit, even though this is an epic fail, it looks pretty fun! Imagine being swept up into the air with your tent. That doesn’t seem so bad, right? After all, he’s close to the ground, so the fall probably wasn’t too hard.
This is why having two people set up camp is so important. One person needs to hold one end while the other stretches out the opposite end to create a roof. Looks like these two had some fun on their trip at least.
Can’t Call Now
Bringing technology when you go camping is sometimes akin to taking care of a dog. You’ll have to keep a close eye on it, make sure it doesn’t get too wet. And to make sure to answer it or respond when it calls.
This person should have left his phone in the tent or brought a waterproof phone case with him. When camping, the weather can always be unpredictable. It’s up to us to create the conditions that’ll prevent such accidents. We hope he still has a warranty on his phone!
Renting an RV and revamping the inside with bunk beds is an absolute dream. To travel on the open roads with no particular plan, shotgunning life, and appreciating nature. What a way to live. These guys thought they were in for the trip of their lives.
And they were. Unfortunately, their RV’s lifespan came to an end too soon. By the looks of this accident, it appears that they’ll need a brand new one soon. It’s sad when you’ve bought something as expensive as a camper for it to get ruined. Sorry, fam.
Every Man For Himself
It looks like this guy values the company of his bike way more than he cares about this woman. A picture can say a thousand words, and this photo says it all. It looks like the guy had a good night’s rest in the comfort of the tent curled up with his bike.
We can’t say the same for the girl, and if Thea and Brad are dating, we will invite Thea to reconsider Brad as the right choice of life partner.. we kid! But hey, man, let her inside of the tent, the bike will be fine outside. Bikes can’t get sick, and we hate to see this poor woman sleeping outside!
These guys thought that running through the mud with a vehicle would be a good idea. Little did they know that they’d be creating such a mess. How inconsiderate of them! Hopefully, they were able to clean up their mess after.
When people go on trips, they expect to relax by a lake, go fishing, and even bond with friends. No one expects a mud bath on their tent when they wake up in the mornings. These unhappy campers got a rude awakening.
Looks like these guys took the phrase: “Work hard, party harder.” too literally. After a night of binge drinking around the campfire and sharing stories, a group of people got a little too happy. Yes, being too happy can be dangerous.
Since they weren’t in a club where they could get kicked out, they decided to bring the party into nature. Little did they know that retreating into their tent would be a hassle. This girl tried her best to crawl into bed, but it didn’t turn out quite as she had expected.
When you go camping, you usually expect to see beautiful trees, multi-colored flowers, and not wild bears trying to enter your tent. The idea doesn’t often cross one’s mind. These people had their peaceful break shattered when an unexpected visitor arrived.
Little did they know that their bag of food would be devoured in minutes. This nosy bear decided to visit a group of campers, with absolutely no shame that he might be crashing their party. He picked, prodded, and turned over their belongings to his heart’s content. Yikes!
You’ve seen that tent advertised on social media. The large roof, the incredible amount of space, the fact that it is supposed to be easy to assemble… it’s perfect. Well, not quite. Often, what we see online or in magazines can be unexpectedly different from the package we receive.
This tent leaves a lot to be desired. After all, it said it could fit at least 5 people. These guys got the disappointment of their lives when they found out it couldn’t open all the way. Could be a factory defect, but we sure hope they got a refund.
Just Hanging Out
Looks like this group of people loves the outdoors so much they decided to build themselves a treehouse. Little did they realize how challenging it would be to keep going down to cook, light a bonfire, or even go to the bathroom for that matter.
We’ve seen suspended tree tents before which are much safer and spacious but never this. This makeshift suspended tent doesn’t look sturdy and could very well result in an unwanted fall. We hope the bottom of the tree was with cushions in case someone fell out!
Wild Wild Weekend
Flying tents are a common occurrence when camping, especially if the winds become unpredictable. A quick tip you can do to prevent this is to put heavy objects on the corners of your tent to keep it from flying away or turning upside-down.
Also, making sure you have the right amount of poles to keep the tent intact is essential. One missing part could result in this. Either this person didn’t pack the right equipment, or it was just a really windy day.
Someone Was Hungry
This looks like a scene straight from a horror flick. Girl gets hungry in the middle of the night. Rushes outside to make Smores while the fire is still burning outside. Afterward, she hears a rustle in the bushes nearby, followed by a deep growl.
She retreats with the Smore in one hand to the comfort of her safe tent. All of a sudden, the creature claws at her tent and tries to grab her Smore.. or her. After a while, a large didgeridoo is heard in the distance, and the beast escapes. She lives!
No sticks No Problem
We’ve all had our moments when going on camping trips. Someone forgets the portable stove or the flashlights. Or maybe someone forgets to bring sleeping bags. More often than not, we don’t forget the sticks because they’re usually in the bag where our tents are.
These campers forgot to pack their sticks from their last trip and thus decided to do without them. We give them credit though because at least their tent seems to protect them from bugs and unwanted insects. Not a bad idea at all!
This is one of the most creative ideas we’ve come across in this article. Someone decided to bring a little piece of home to their tent. We give them props for bringing the portable air conditioner all the way to the camping grounds.
Not a bad idea. And the hole where the cold enters looks pretty secure. Securing a gap like that isn’t an easy task, and these guys nailed it. Now, if we could have portable tents with built-in cooling systems, that’d be genius!
Now that’s a sleeping position, you don’t usually come across often. This guy thought that propping up his stomach on a cooler would help even out his body. We give him kudos for his creativity. But no way does that look comfortable.
We certainly wouldn’t be able to rough it out like this guy. He seems like an experienced camper. Either that, or he had a wild night with a couple of beers and buddies. We give him 10 stars for originality.
It looks like this guy got a little too generous with the firelighters. When making smores or grilling sausages on your camping trip, make sure to watch the fire every now and then. Leaving it unattended can result in a mess like this.
When this happens, keep a huge tub of water nearby and douse the fire. Make sure to mix up the ashes and embers while pouring on more water. Luckily, it looks like this guy had company and a bunch of friends to help him get out of this fiery situation.
Some of us loved making forts as a kid. We’d transform our bedrooms into blanket caves with a lamp in the middle. At night, we’d read books in our forts and listen to music. These people decided to make their own fort in the forest.
Or were they trying to pitch a tent? Regardless of what they were trying to do, it looks like a solid structure. Sure, it isn’t symmetric, but it’s definitely habitable, well kind of anyway. After all, those lower regions in the tent make for great nap spots!
Catch of the Day
Usually, when one goes fishing, they spend hours looking for the perfect catch. This guy got the short end of the stick on his fishing day.. Literally. He probably scored one of the smallest fishes in the lake, much smaller than his tackle.
Some days, are great and others are a little less so. The lesson here? A catch is a catch, and this guy did his best. Maybe it just wasn’t the right day, and perhaps he’ll try his luck again the following week. Don’t lose hope!
Zipper Be Gone
We have those moments where everything seems to be going well. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and everyone seems to be settling in comfortably and well. When all of a sudden, after pitching up your tent, you realize that the zipper is broken.
Oh no! So much for everything going swell. This girl decided to make the most out of her situation even with a broken zipper. Her smile speaks for the position, and despite the faulty zipper, she’s still gonna have a rocking time.
Can’t You See?
Some people have a hard time reading signs when their adrenaline is pumping to set up camp. After all, why wouldn’t you be excited? These people clearly didn’t read the sign and instead claimed the ground as theirs. There’s a good reason for this sign.
Some camping grounds can be protected due to its wildlife, while others can be unsafe. Public camping grounds are designated for a reason, and it looks like a couple of people violated this. Hopefully, they didn’t get into too much trouble.
This guy has had a doozy of a day. First, he decided to go camping for some much needed R&R . When suddenly, his tent caught on fire. All of his belongings burned to the ground in one accidental turn of events. How does he remain so zen?
It looks like he went through a day’s processing of the unexpected event. It’s hard to accept that your things have burned down, but this guy looks like he is holding it together. He isn’t fazed, he seems okay, and he’s just simply chilling.
Some people like sleeping on land and others think they’d survive better in water. Either this tent was designed to withstand water, or this was unplanned. We’ll go with the latter. The weather probably got awful in the evening, with powerful winds.
The winds caused this tent to roll into the lake, all intact and in pristine shape. We sure hope that none of the campers were hurt in this incident. After all, when they said they wanted a dose of nature, they didn’t mean a splash of it!
Wasn’t Sturdy Enough
This makeshift hammock wasn’t worth sleeping in. After all, that material looks exceptionally uncomfortable, and it appears that it broke in the middle of the night! This brave person must have woken up with quite a thud, and we mean that literally.
Looks like they should have tied it tighter around the tree or perhaps brought a sturdier hammock. Camping is all about trial and error, and this guy learned his lesson, should have probably slept on the ground instead, buddy.
In another reality, people find it more comfortable to sleep slanted at an angle rather than flat. These guys thought that putting a table where the tent should be would be a great idea while sleeping on a sloped area would be better.
To each his own, of course. But still, we can’t seem to understand how this seems more comfortable? Maybe it was unintentional, and the winds swept them into that position. But we can’t help but think of how they managed to get a good night’s rest…
The person who took this picture reckons that these are first-time campers. Usually, when we see people setting up their camping spaces, we wonder how they’re going to make it. Will they need assistance? If so, we wouldn’t mind pitching in and offering a helping hand.
These campers decided to take matters into their own hands by setting up a tent by themselves. But the thing is they should have placed the sleeping gear and blankets inside the tent. Because they couldn’t set it up properly, they had the other half spilling out.
Naomi and her friends traveled far and wide. They packed their camping gear and headed for a trip to the mountains. Little did they know that they’d encounter unfavorable weather that day. Probably should have checked the weather forecast before leaving home…
Nonetheless, she was able to garner a small souvenir on this trip. A unique picture of fog. It’s times like this that make you realize how important it is to have better timing. Either way, we love her positivity that shines through despite the grim weather!
Rain Rain Go Away
Camping trips are always so exciting because you never know what to expect. A sunny day could turn into a torrential downpour in seconds. These campers weren’t prepared for the uncontrollable weather and had to dry their belongings off in a creative way.
Luckily for them, they were able to hang up a clothesline to dry their clothes and their hammocks. We do hope it only rained for a short period because camping when it’s raining can be tough! Better check the weather next time for heavy rainclouds.
This guy thought he could escape the clutches of nature. Little did he know that life has a mind of its own. Not only did he welcome mother nature herself in his camper, but a group of visitors decided to pay a visit too.
These little friends came unexpectedly and without an invitation. Instead of feeling angry, this guy decided to accept his fate and uninvited guests. Taking a picture was also his way to say: “you’re not winning today, nature! I’ll be bringing the bug spray next time.”
Setting up a hammock takes a lot of effort. You need to make sure you have sturdy ropes or even a tree strap. After that, you’ll need to keep an eye out on two trees that have around the same circumference. You’ll need to execute a wrapping technique that’ll keep the hammock secure.
Looks like this guy tried his best but felt like this was good enough. After all, if he can lie down on it, that should be good enough, right? It looks like he was able to get a good rest despite being half on the ground. After all, the grass is quite comfy.
This is a pretty nifty way to make use of logs for the fire. It could work but only for an hour or so. Stacking up the logs on the side would suffice, but adding more in the middle would topple everything over. If you’re in for a short bonfire, this’ll do.
If you’re after a much longer one, then we’d advise against going for this. It could also be a potential fire hazard when the logs roll off! Without the fire underneath, this could even make for a nice decoration, but other than that, do not try this while camping.
This little note was a life-saver. Holes in tents are breeding grounds for bugs to enter as well as tiny insects. A hole in a tent can also ruin one’s sleep due to the number of mosquitoes present in nature.
As much as we love nature and camping, mosquitoes are never any fun. Good thing this note was left on the tent, though, as a friendly reminder. Patching up tents doesn’t require much, covering it with plastic, and some safety pins or even a shirt could also do the trick.
You’re all ready for your trip. You’ve got your backpack stuffed with clothes, camping gear, and even toilet paper. You reach into your duffel bag for the toilet paper and find out it’s moist. Oh, don’t despair! Now’s the time to be creative.
You could ask the campers around you for a few strips of toilet paper to last for the day, or you could wash off in the lake if there’s a body of water nearby. Sure, it’s going to be tough not having toilet paper, but if you’re camping for a short amount of time, there are many ways to rinse off temporarily.
Pack Lighter Next Time
It looks like this group of campers brought their entire house with them. They brought so much camping gear that it can barely fit on the roof of their car! Yikes. Talk about being extra prepared. It looks like they’ll be camping for a few months.
When going camping, it’s better to pack light rather than to pack a lot. Packing a lot can result in well, this. Or, you could rent out a bigger car like a van if you’re going to be more than 4 people. We hope they were able to make it to their destination!
Oof! This camper looks like he settled with his tent. The only good thing about this picture is that unique miniature tent. This is probably the smallest tent we’ve ever come across. Who would even fit in here? Not even a dog- that’s for sure.
This guy thought it would be a good idea to take a nap in the tent but he could barely fit his head inside. Even though it’s an epic camping fail, it’s still a pretty cute attempt at camping. Good on him for trying at least to fit!