The great outdoors is a great way to spend a family vacation. You probably pulled out your credit cards at the sporting goods store when you went to buy your camping gear. It’s an extraordinary experience to spend time with friends and family and sit by the fire at night listening to the peeps. But why does it have to be so expensive?
Camping can be a great experience for solo adventurers and families alike. You don’t have to spend a lot to have fun. You don’t have to change your camping vacation plans if you are on a tight budget. You can look for rv discount clubs to lessen your camping expenses. These simple tips will help you camp on a budget:
Camp for Free
Compared to the exorbitant prices of hotels, camping rates are affordable. Camping rates can be a bit expensive at $25 per night. Some campers enjoy the conveniences of camping but can avoid “primitive camping” rates: these primitive campgrounds offer free camping, a fire pit, and an outhouse. Most sites are close to water sources, such as a river or lake.
You may also be allowed to camp on someone else’s property. A relative’s or friend’s property is one of the best places to camp; hunting camps are rarely used for summer camping. Try volunteering for a weekend of service. Many outdoor clubs offer to trade the camping for hard work, such as trail building or other jobs. It’s like a trade-off: work-vacation.
When you first start camping, it’s tempting to spend a lot of money on equipment. However, there are many ways to keep costs down and still get quality equipment. It’s better to rent equipment and improvise than to buy expensive camping equipment. It will cost you more to replace it after a few uses.
Read Reviews Before Buying
That supermarket tent is only $50 – what a bargain! You’ll be surprised how cheap it is if it rains during your camping trip. It’s true. You get what you pay for. Read reviews on the Internet and in magazines like Backpacker or Outside before shopping online for camping gear.
Skip Stoves and Cookware
You can save money by camping without a kitchen and cooking utensils, even though transportation and equipment are expensive. You cook with fire and traditional methods of preparing food. Foil meals, popular with Scouts, are one of the easiest ways to cook without cooking utensils.
Avoid complications when planning your camping trip. Instead, focus on having fun. Camping allows you to reconnect with your roots and practice the survival skills that have kept us alive for so many years.