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3 Camping Movies You Need to Watch

3 Camping Movies You Need to Watch

Whether you want to host an outdoor movie night, or you’re still bored in the house and trying to find fun ways to pass the time, there are some great camping movies that have been made over the years to scratch your outdoor itch!

If you’re an avid camper, chances are you’ll either find these movies hilarious or relate to them in some way. As things are slowly starting to return to normal (or, at least a “new normal”) in the world, you have more options to get out there under the stars for yourself.

For now, though, if you still find yourself not quite ready to camp yet, let these movies suffice.

1. The Great Outdoors (1988)

This classic movie starring comedy heavyweights Dan Akroyd and John Candy is a hilarious take on a family camping trip. When all Chet (Candy) wants to do is get away with his family for a relaxing trip in a rented cabin, his plants are thwarted thanks to his brother-in-law.

From jet ski tricks to bald-headed bears, and from steaks larger than Paul Bunyon to bats in the cabin, there are so many classic scenes from this movie that are quotable over and over again.

2. RV (2006)

In one of Robin Williams’s last movies, the Munro family hits the road in a rented RV with little knowledge about what to expect. Because it’s Robin Williams, what you can expect are plenty of moments that will make you laugh out loud. Some notable moments include fixing a clogged sewage system (how many of you have been there with your RV?) and accidentally damaging the parking brake.

While the movie is certainly a comedy, it does have some heartfelt moments. At its very core, it is about a man trying to reconnect with his family.

3. The Parent Trap - (1961/1998)

Whether you watch the original version or the 90s remake with Lindsay Lohan, this is a great outdoors movie for the whole family, that actually features two camping themes!

First, the Mills sisters end up meeting at a summer camp after not knowing the other one even existed. They quickly go from enemies at the camp to best friends, before realizing their connection, and that they’re twins.

After switching places, their ‘game’ is eventually found out, and they end up going on another camping trip with their father and his soon-to-be wife. The 1998 film offers a lot of laughs from the second camping scene, from innocent geckos to air mattresses ending up in the middle of the lake. In the end, their father realizes if someone can’t camp, he shouldn’t marry her!

Okay, that might not be the moral of the story, but you get the idea!

If you’re ready to get in the camping mood or just share a night of fun with your family or friends, any of these movies would be a great option. Until you can get back out there on the road or head to your favorite campsite, let these films remind you exactly why you love RVing and camping out under the stars - while providing a few laughs, at the same time!

Jul 20th 2020 Stacey Koziel

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