Monday, February 10, 2014

The Five Best Movies to Take Camping

Whether you call it glamping or high-tech camping, sometimes it's just fun to curl up in the teardrop trailer at night after a long day of hiking to watch a movie or TV show. Most of the time when camping, we'll either download a movie or show to our iPads, or we'll bring a DVD along to watch on a laptop. In this list I tried to cover the gamut: from horror to drama to one of my favorite travel TV shows.


The Cabin in the Woods

Most people wouldn't choose a horror movie that takes place in the woods to take camping in the woods (stay away from The Blair Witch Project and Deliverance). However, this is a different kind of horror movie: smart, well-written and funny. It turns the typical teen horror flick on its head.


How the States Got Their Shapes

If you are traveling across the country in your teardrop, don't leave this informative and funny series by the History Channel behind. Host Brian Unger hits the road to uncover the history hidden in the lines and contours that make up the U.S. map. Everything from geography to Supreme Court cases defining our nation are covered in this fascinating show.


The River Wild

Meryl Streep can pull off any kind of character, but I think she really had fun with this role as a sign language teacher and river guide whose family runs into the wrong kind of men on a whitewater rafting trip.


City Slickers

This classic Billy Crystal movie features everything you want in the great outdoors: wide open country, a cattle drive, deep philosophical conversation and a rugged cowboy who epitomizes the American West.


The Parent Trap

I'm talking about the 1961 movie with Hayley Mills and the beautiful Maureen O'Hara, not the one with Lindsay Lohan. This is one of my favorite Disney movies and it still holds up today. This is a great movie if you are camping with children or anyone who loved summer camp as a child.

6 comments:

  1. For a theme, I would add two: 1) "RV" with Robin Williams - hilarious and even a little heartwarming and 2) "The Long, Long Trailer" with Lucille Ball - this has to be seen to be believed -- soooo funny and made in 1953!! Get ready for some slapstick and fun times!!

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    1. Thanks for the additions, NetDep. I have not seen RV, but will put it on my list. The Long Long Trailer is a classic and Desi's and Lucille's trailer is sooooo far from a teardrop.

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  2. Me and the wife watched PAUL on our first teardrop trip.Its not a classic but it has become a tradition for us when camping.

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    1. PERFECT movie for traveling in the middle of Nevada. For some strange reason, our first teardrop viewing was the first season of True Blood. How romantic...

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  3. Love your picks with the exception of "The Cabin in the Woods" No thank you! Scary stories around the campfire will do me just fine.

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    1. LOL! I thought "Cabin" would be scary too, but I was laughing so hard the teardrop shook!

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