back to top

19 Things Dads Do On Camping Trips

*packs the car like a game of Tetris*

Posted on

1. Your dad will begin the process of organising the camping equipment many weeks before the trip.

This is because it takes a great deal of time to reclaim it from the garage, loft, shed, under the bed, and whoever you lent it to last.
Sophie Gadd / BuzzFeed

This is because it takes a great deal of time to reclaim it from the garage, loft, shed, under the bed, and whoever you lent it to last.

2. And stay up really late the night before the trip meticulously packing the car.

Off camping. Dad packing #ftw #Tetris

Packing the car is Tetris for dads.

3. He will insist you leave really really early so you can miss the traffic.

One thing dads don't realise is all the other dads have the same idea.
Paul Townsend / BuzzFeed / Via Flickr: brizzlebornandbred

One thing dads don't realise is all the other dads have the same idea.

4. But of course, he will realise he has forgotten something crucial 5 minutes away from your house.

So you'll have to drive home again immediately.
Highways England / Creative Commons / BuzzFeed / Via Flickr: highwaysagency

So you'll have to drive home again immediately.

5. As soon as you approach a small amount of traffic, your dad will take a really convoluted windy countryside road detour, which will make everyone feel car sick.

This will ultimately take the same amount of time as it would have to just sit in the traffic.
DncnH / Creative Commons / Via Flickr: duncanh1

This will ultimately take the same amount of time as it would have to just sit in the traffic.

6. Your dad will disobey the GPS.

Sean MacEntee / BuzzFeed / Via Flickr: smemon

Dads will always feel they know better than the GPS.

7. And get generally outraged when someone says they need the toilet, minutes after you've just left a service station.

Nothing annoys dads more.
Elliott Simpson / Creative Commons / Via en.wikipedia.org

Nothing annoys dads more.

8. But nothing thrills dads more than pointing out other families driving to go camping and commenting on how their dad’s have packed the car.

Paying particular attention to vehicles with badly attached bike racks and sleeping bags obscuring the rear windscreen. Tut tut.
Martin Thomas / Creative Commons / Via Flickr: martin_thomas

Paying particular attention to vehicles with badly attached bike racks and sleeping bags obscuring the rear windscreen. Tut tut.

9. When you arrive at the campsite, your dad will spend ages looking for the exact right pitch.

You're never really sure what it is he's looking for.
Andrew Skudder / Creative Commons / BuzzFeed / Via Flickr: skuds

You're never really sure what it is he's looking for.

10. And if you’re meeting friends there, the dads will dedicate the first hour talking about the route they took to get there.

One of the dads will have taken a rogue detour via an obscure town. This will be discussed with great interest.
Jason Pratt / Creative Commons / BuzzFeed / Via Flickr: jasonpratt

One of the dads will have taken a rogue detour via an obscure town. This will be discussed with great interest.

11. Your dad will warn you many many times not to trip over the guy ropes.

You will continue to trip over them anyway.
enmasterdod / Creative Commons / BuzzFeed / Via Flickr: zenmasterdod

You will continue to trip over them anyway.

12. And tell everyone off for touching the walls of the tent.

DON'T TOUCH THE WALLS.
mararie / Creative Commons / Via Flickr: mararie

DON'T TOUCH THE WALLS.

13. He'll probably wear a really intensely bright headtorch.

Probably a Christmas present.
Douglas Cook / Creative Commons / Via Flickr: douglascook

Probably a Christmas present.

14. And put on trousers that zip off into shorts.

Honestly they're so practical, dad's are on to something.
military_1st / Via ebay.com

Honestly they're so practical, dad's are on to something.

15. Your dad will definitely own some sort of extreme camping equipment more suited to hardcore wilderness survival than a quiet English campsite.

Probably something from Bear Grylls's range.
grotos / Creative Commons / Via Flickr: grotos

Probably something from Bear Grylls's range.

16. He'll refuse to let anyone else interfere with the BBQ.

Only dads are allowed to touch the BBQ, no matter how badly it appears to be going.
valakirka / Via Flickr: valakirka

Only dads are allowed to touch the BBQ, no matter how badly it appears to be going.

17. And become obsessed with poking the campfire.

The campfire must be perfect.
James Saunders / Creative Commons / Via Flickr: jimborocks

The campfire must be perfect.

18. Your dad will definitely get up with the sunrise every day.

The sunrise wakes all dads. They will rise at about 5am to bang pots around making breakfast or something while everyone else tries to sleep.
carol shergold / Via Flickr: carolshergold

The sunrise wakes all dads. They will rise at about 5am to bang pots around making breakfast or something while everyone else tries to sleep.

19. And he'll have a really, really, bloody complicated folding process for putting away the tent.

All family camping trips must end this way.
Stephen Kruso / Creative Commons / Via Flickr: is0crazy

All family camping trips must end this way.