For many, summer means heading out to the back forty or a state park and getting in a little camping. But, if you happen to live in an area where summer temperatures make the idea of pitching a tent in the sweltering heat more of a punishment than a relaxing getaway, camping season may still be a month or two away. That doesn’t mean you can’t prepare yourself mentally, though! Crank up the air conditioner and settle down on the couch to watch one of these movies that are guaranteed to put you in the mood for some camping.
If you’re a traditionalist, you’ll love Moonrise Kingdom. It’s a great nod to the kind of throwback camping style that Boy Scouts were raised on. It’s also a great exploration of one of the reasons that many of us enjoy camping so much in the first place—the escape from the challenges and drama of modern living and technology.
The Great Outdoors
You won’t find any tent camping in The Great Outdoors. What you will find are some remarkable performances by comedy legends Dan Aykroyd and John Candy. The film is about a family who takes a vacation in Wisconsin, only to be joined by some uninvited relatives. Along the way, the family encounters everything from sneaky raccoons to bears to bats. Hardly a minute goes by in this movie without a laugh, so if you’re a fan of camping and comedies, this one is a must-see.
Into the Wild
When it comes to movies that inspire us to get out and explore Mother Nature, nothing beats a true story. Into the Wild tells the true story of Christopher McCandless, who decided to give up all of his earthly items to roam the wilderness in Alaska.
We know, Deliverance may have the opposite effect of ‘inspiration’ when it comes to going camping, but it could certainly serve as a cautionary tale. Aside from the more unpleasant aspects of the film, it does highlight the great extremes men will go to in order to survive.
Stand By Me
You might not expect a film based on a story by Stephen King to inspire one to get out and do some camping, but Stand by Me is one of the greatest coming of age tales ever put on film, and if you don’t find yourself longing to be 12 years old again and heading out on a camping adventure with your friends, there’s probably something wrong with you.