The 3 things I dislike the most about camping

I’ll start by saying I LOVE camping. Since January 2022, I’ve been living and traveling in a Gulf Stream trailer. There have been ups and downs, learning experiences, but the good far outweighs the bad. I actually like that I’m learning new things, too. For instance… figuring out why the water heater doesn’t heat water using electric, changing a tire on the trailer, and much more.

From my experiences camping in state parks, RV parks, parking lots, , fields, farms, and rest stops, I’ve discovered a few things that I really, really don’t like. Here are the top three. In fact, I’m dealing with one as this post is being created (#2 on the list below)!


  1. This first one has happened at a few campsites and it really gets my goat. It’s when my door entry area faces another RV’s entry area. In other words, my neighbor’s site is situated in a way that when they’re outside, they’re facing the door side of my trailer. There isn’t really anything I dislike more than not feeling comfortable entering and exiting my camper and it’s not comfortable when neighbors are watching every move I make.
  2. This is the one I dealt with most recently. Flies. I was camping in a canyon in the midwest and even worse than nosy neighbors are nosy flies! Especially when there are a lot of ’em! No lie, every time I opened the camper door at least a few flies would enter. So imagine having to potty the dogs, use the restroom, go out to hike or bike, and wondering how many flies are going to swarm the entry way and get in. Not cool at all. It was enough to make me want to leave the scenic canyons where I was camping.
  3. I’ve had this happen more times than I’d like… sand or dirt campsites. I guess the idea of a sandy site near the beach or a “all-natural” back-in site under the trees sounds good on paper. But there’s nothing worse that tracking in dirt or sand every time I climb up into the camper. It makes a mess… and that’s on dry days. When it rains? Forget about it! Sand and dirt everywhere, especially if you have pups tracking it in along with your shoes, flip flops, etc. One of the best springs I’ve camped in would’ve gotten more than 2 stars if the site was paved or at least had gravel. It’s a real nuisance.

Even with those frustrating things, I really enjoy getting around the Southeast (recaps here) in my travel trailer. Especially when I come across wildlife like this…

Barred owl, Colt Creek State Park, Florida

The ups make all the downs so worth it. Do you know of any solutions to the problems listed above? Share in the comments below to help me stay sane, along with anyone else who might see this blog and have the same pet peeves!

Thanks for dropping in…

-Out of the Wilderness

Published by Ben Wilder

Since 2005, I've called Nashville home. I'm the leader of the pack, which includes an 13-year-old beagle and an 11-year-old blue heeler mix. My days include writing, video editing, and other fun activities. Thanks for checking out my blog, I hope you enjoy it!

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