The Six Funniest Camping Memes
A guest post written by Sellmark marketing intern Nate van Noort.
We love camping, but those of us who have done a lot of it know that plenty can go wrong—bad weather, hungry and curious critters, grumpy kids (and parents) and countless other mishaps. The key to a successful camping trip is keeping a sense of humor. These are our favorite camping memes, which also relay valuable lessons.
Camping Organization Ideas
Are you the type who is always ready to pack up at the drop of the hat to go camping? If so, it probably means you are super organized with your camping gear. To avoid forgetting anything or wasting time trying to find your equipment, keep everything in one or two plastic, stackable totes and keep it all together in the same place. Don’t store your tent or stove separately from your camp chairs or chuck box. When it is all in the same place, all you have to do is load the car and hit the road!
Getting away from the city to explore nature is the reason most of us go camping, but we can’t forget that we are guests in a bear’s home. Bear-proofing your camp is essential when in bear country. Gather all items that have a strong odor, (food, soap, toothpaste, deodorant, and dirty clothes) and put them all in a bag together. Secure the bag high in the air by throwing a rope over a high branch and lifting the bag beyond the reach of any bear. This protects your belongings and everyone in camp. If you are being attacked or confronted by a bear do NOT play dead—try to escape the area. Bear spray is the most effective way to deter a charging bear.
A funny as this is, it’s good to keep in mind that you should never run next to tents because of the securing straps that are hard to see especially in low light. They may cause injury, which is the last thing you want to worry about while camping. Attach glow sticks or reflective stickers to the straps to make it easier to navigate around the campsite at night.
Raccoons are smart and very fast learns, they live in almost every state and most campers at some point in time have encountered them. Cleaning up your campsite at night or before you leave for an extended period of time will help deter them. Clean up all trash around the site, pack up your food and anything else that might have a strong odor and secure it in a vehicle. If a vehicle isn’t available, use bungee cords to tie your coolers and storage boxes shut. Raccoons hate the smell of chili peppers and other strong spices—sprinkle it around the perimeter of your campsite to rebel them.
We’ve all been victimized by campfire smoke—no matter how many times you move, it always ends up blowing back into your face. Having a campfire is a lot of fun, you can cook on it and roast marshmallows at night, but this comes with responsibility. Most wildfires are caused by human error. That’s why it’s important to practice simple rules to always have a controllable fire. Clear away any excess brush from the fire area and use rocks to make a base for the fire to keep everything tidy. It is also always a good idea to have one or two gallons of water nearby just in case things get out of hand.
Sleeping in Tents
Getting a good night’s rest while camping is important to improving your overall experience. If you are tent camping, pick a level, soft area to pitch your tent. Put down a ground cloth and bring an air mattress or foam pad to put your sleeping bag on. Check the overnight temperatures of where you will be staying and bring extra blankets, hoodies or a winter-rated sleeping bag if it going to be cold.
Can you relate to any of these memes? Share your funny stories or lessons learned in the comment section.
About the Author
Aspiring pilot Nate van Noort is currently a senior at the University of Texas at Arlington majoring in Marketing with a minor in Finance. His family are big pheasant hunters, sharing hunting land in the Texas Panhandle near the city of Perryton. Nate enjoys sporting clays and shooting his Glock. When he’s not studying, working or out at the lease, he’s playing disc golf, reading or wakeboarding.