Created By: ryanswan2 on June 8, 2017 Last Edited By: ryanswan2 on July 6, 2017
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Fancy Camping

Someone brings modern conveiences on a camping trip

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What it was, to be honest with you, was a campground. It was one of those modern ones with swimming pools and miniature golf and video games, the kind that's popular with people whose idea of getting close to nature is to turn the air conditioning in their recreational vehicles down to medium.
Dave Barry, "Valuable Scam Offer"

Oh, look. It's Janet Sue spending her day in that very fancy (and pretty expensive looking) place wearing nice clothes and sipping on what looks like an espresso drink. She looks like she's living the life.

But there's just one thing....Janet is spending the day with her friends camping in the woods; where everyone else is sleeping in regular tents, fishing at the lake and roasting marshmallows.

This is usually done by the City Mouse or just about anyone who couldn't bear at the mere thought of, "roughing it." The things this person brings with them can range from televisions and refrigerators to even a whole house or mansion. Everyone else who sees this (especially if one of them has experience in living in the woods) will surely point out that that person is Comically Missingthe Point. Obviously a comedy trope.

Often coincides with Horrible Camping Trip.


Examples

Comic Strips
  • Garfield. In the strip on May 19, 1981, Garfield tries to bring the television along on a camping trip.
    Jon: Anything else?
    Garfield: Yes, 250 miles of extension cord.

Film Live Action

Film Animated
  • In A Goofy Movie, Goofy runs into Pete while camping. Pete is in an enormous RV with all the amenities, including a pool and a bowling alley.

Live-Action TV
  • One of the girls in Nickelodeon's Sizzling Summer Camp Special brings with her a microwave, a home theater system, and even a collection of first lady commemorative plates.
  • In one episode of Parks and Recreation, the Parks and Rec team go on a camping trip and Tom brings a luxurious tent complete with an absurd amount of accessories and electronics. When asked how he affords it all, he says he buys it from Sky Mall and then returns it the next day. He powers his electronics with the car battery, which quickly kills it and strands the group.

Web Animation
  • Parodied in Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse. Whenever Barbie and company (who are all invariably ridiculously wealthy) go camping, it's always in an overly extravagant trailer that has more amenities than most houses (including a hot tub!).

Western Animation
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Rarity bring a two-story tent on the camping trip with Sweetie Belle, Scootaloo and Rainbow Dash. She even adorns the place with flowers in a fancy vase.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures: When Montana Max goes to the woods to hunt deer, he brings his entire mansion with him!
  • The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius: Jimmy does this as one of his inventions (guided by a haulagraphic butler) not only because he couldn't bear to enjoy any trip without those conveniences, but also because his father is bad at being a camp leader.
  • In an episode of Garfield and Friends, while on a camping trip Garfield not only brings the television, but also the fridge, microwave and whole lot of other stuff....even an inflatable house to store it all in!
  • On the Mickey Mouse (2013) short "Roughin' It", Donald and Goofy go camping in an RV with all the amenities, while Mickey insists on camping the old fashioned way. Things take a turn for the worse when Donald cranks up the power, causing the RV to go haywire.
  • In the Beverly Hills Teens episode "Roughing It", Troy takes Larke to camp in a secluded, untouched spot. Bianca wants to join them, but once she finds it's too much for her... Troy and Larke arrive only to find the whole gang along with several airdropped high-tech tents.
  • In one episode of Hattytown Tales, Sancho recommends to the king to have a picnic. Unfortunately, he isn't quite clear with explaining what it means, so he finds the king in the forest, sitting behind a large table with dishes being served.
Community Feedback Replies: 14
  • June 8, 2017
    MazeMaker
    • In one episode of Parks And Recreation, the Parks and Rec team go on a camping trip and Tom brings a luxurious tent complete with an absurd amount of accessories and electronics. When asked how he affords it all, he says he buys it from Sky Mall and then returns it the next day. He powers his electronics with the car battery, which quickly kills it and strands the group.
  • June 9, 2017
    ryanswan2
    @Maze Maker Thank you.
  • June 8, 2017
    Omeganian
    Could be a result of City Mouse
  • June 9, 2017
    Arivne
  • June 9, 2017
    Synchronicity
    This is also called "glamping."

    go camping, it's always in an overly extravagant trailer that has more amenities than most houses (including a hot tub!).

  • June 9, 2017
    TonyG
    • On the Mickey Mouse 2013 short "Roughin' It", Donald and Goofy go camping in an RV with all the amenities, while Mickey insists on camping the old fashioned way. Things take a turn for the worse when Donald cranks up the power, causing the RV to go haywire.
    • In A Goofy Movie, Goofy runs into Pete while camping. Pete is in an enormous RV with all the amenities, including a pool and a bowling alley.
  • June 9, 2017
    Omeganian
    • In the Beverly Hills Teens episode "Roughing It", Troy takes Larke to camp in a secluded, untouched spot. Bianca wants to join them, but once she finds it's too much for her... Troy and Larke arrive only to find the whole gang along with several airdropped high-tech tents.
    • In one episode of Hattytown Tales, Sancho recommends to the king to have a picnic. Unfortunately, he isn't quite clear with explaining what it means, so he finds the king in the forest, sitting behind a large table with dishes being served.
  • June 9, 2017
    NateTheGreat
    From Dave Barry:
    What it was, to be honest with you, was a campground. It was one of those modern ones with swimming pools and miniature golf and video games, the kind that's popular with people whose idea of getting close to nature is to turn the air conditioning in their recreational vehicles down to medium.
  • June 9, 2017
    ryanswan2
    @Nate The Great Thank you and everyone else for your contributions. Please give this a hat or two.
  • June 9, 2017
    intastiel
  • June 10, 2017
    Arivne
    The first two paragraphs of the Description are an Example As A Thesis (note the Alice And Bob "Janet Sue" element). This has a 90% chance of being a bad idea, as explained on that page and SelfDemonstrating/ExampleAsAThesis.

    Since the third paragraph clearly explains the trope, the first two are unnecessary and should be deleted.
  • June 10, 2017
    Pagani800
    I'm sure we already got this as Lots Of Luggage.
  • June 10, 2017
    Getta
    ^ No, it only focuses on the number of luggage, not its contents (which this trope covers).
  • July 6, 2017
    ryanswan2
    Okay @Arivne, how is this?
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