12 Campsite Terms You May Never Have Heard While Camping


1. The Top Box Tiptoe Tango:
The dance performed by those campers slightly too short to reach their vehicle top box.

2. The Widow Maker:
The act of arriving late at the campsite and having to put your tent up with your partner in a hurry while it’s raining.

3. The Laid Back Lazy Boy Lurker:
The Camper who arrives at the campsite early, has all the right gear and all the time in the world to pitch up. Then they gleefully watch the other campers struggle to do the same without offering to help.

4. Toilet Block Stampede:
Occurs after a campsite septic tank blockage lasts for more than 12 hours.

5. Copping A Barbara Windsor:
The unexpected act of getting an eyeful of a fellow camper in a rather embarrassing situation.

6. Morning Walk Of Shame:
A walk for those campers who let their portable toilets overfill.

7. Smug Campers:
Those campers usually in a camper van or caravan who laugh at those more unfortunate souls trying, but failing, to pitch their tents.

8. Doing A Sid James:
Those campers who sit behind mirrored aviator glasses watching the campsite go by.

9. Lost Your Tent Cherry:
At festivals everyone loses their tent at least once, but don’t worry as to do so lets you join this exclusive club.

10. The Campsite Accumulator:
The uncomfortable act of adding up the constant stream of costs that sometimes flow at the campsite, especially when camping with children.

11. The Utility Trouser Jitter Bug:
A rare dance that happens when a camper forgets which pocket he put his keys in when it starts to rain.

12. Bail Out, Bail Out, The Tent’s On Fire!
Usually heard around breakfast time together with the smell of burning bacon.

Sarah Riley is Creator and Writer of Inspired Camping, a free online Cool Camping and Glamping Magazine for the busy camper that helps inspire family adventures outdoors, by bringing humorous, high quality, cool, retro, vintage, funky and eco-friendly inspirations, activities, giveaways and news together into one place. She is also the author of Beach Potato, a summer and surf adventure novel for kids. Feel free to contact Sarah via Inspired Camping, Facebook or Twitter.


  • Reply August 24, 2012

    Camp Store

    Funny Post! I love the Widow Maker one. On my last camping trip I had the pleasure of having to try and set up my tent in the rain. Now at least I know the term for it :)

  • Reply September 6, 2012


    Some great and funny terms. I can just see the Laid Back Lazy Boy Lurker enjoying watching the drama unfolding at the widow making going on. I guess he’ll be laughing along with the Smug Camper.

  • Reply November 7, 2012


    Lol, the last one is all too true! Except for me it’s when a floating ember has flown from the camp fire on to my tent.

  • Reply December 19, 2012

    Austin Camper

    Haha! Good ones — most of these bring back a specific memories. Glad to have progressed from tents to a pop-up camper.

  • Reply February 9, 2013


    I like the Sid James one, I would spend the whole time wondering whether he was watching or asleep :D

  • Reply February 14, 2013


    I am one of those struggling to pitch my tent in the darkness because I am always late. So I very often have to bear the grunt with Smug Campers

  • Reply March 11, 2013


    These are some funny terms for very real situations. I will have to go back over the list to see how many I fit into.

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