10 Tips for Budget-Friendly Camping
Camping has to be fun and exciting. But it doesn’t have to be expensive! Whether you are going to solo or taking your whole family or circle of friends with you, there are many ways to save some cash but still make your camping adventure an amazing one.
Learn to improvise
Is this your first camping trip? There’s no need always to buy new camping gears! Some of the best supplies you need can find in your home. Yes, you read that right. Okay, let’s talk about the essential camping gears first. Of course, you need a tent. Instead of shopping for one, you can build your shelter using a tarp.
You want the thick one that’s waterproof and has grommets in the corner for easy installation. For other items, ask if some friends or relatives can lend you. You can also check online for pre-loved camping gears that are way cheaper than brand new things.
Use items you already have
There's no need for an expensive cooking kit. You can take that old, portable grill with you. Bring aluminum foil for easy food preparation. It also serves as a sizeable customizable wind barrier to prevent fire on your stove from dying. Styrofoam cups and paper plates are light, cheap and easy to dispose of.
Your favorite yoga mat can serve as a sleeping pad. Pack a comforter for added warmth. And those bed sheets you’ve been keeping? You can use some to make yourself a hammock. You can make a hammock from a tarp too.
Invest in multipurpose items
When you have to spend on your upcoming camping adventure, spend your cash wisely and invest in multipurpose items. For example, an extra sheet of tarp can serve many things, from protecting your valuables against rain and extreme heat to becoming a sleeping mat.
Meanwhile, a portable wood-burning camp stove that converts the heat from the fire into electricity can use to charge your mobile phones and other gadgets.
A cooler is your best friend
Especially on hot camping trips, you want to have safe storage for your food. Place your cooler under shade so you can keep your food items fresh for as long as possible without the need to purchase ice now and then.
Explore free campsites
Especially if you are a beginner, you may consider camping close to your home. State and county park campgrounds make a perfect location. It helps you save money on gas while still giving you a fun experience.
Plus, these campgrounds often have everything you need for free, such as a charcoal grill, fire-pit, and a picnic table.
Keep your gears in good condition
Unless you decide not to camp again, you want to maintain all your camping gears. Wash or clean them after use and store them properly. This way, you won’t have to buy the next time you will need such items. Furthermore, repair damaged camping gears as soon as possible.
Patch up tears in your tent, backpack, sleeping bag or clothing before they get worse and call for a replacement.
Shop at a discount retailer
If you cannot find camping tools and gears from pre-loved stores, shop at discount retailers. Take time researching online stores that offer great deals on various camping supplies. You will find one for sure!
Go for inexpensive activities.
Camping is mainly centered on outdoor activities. And the most popular ones are hiking, boating, and skiing. But these activities often come with a hefty price because you will need specialized gears and some paid services like a hiking guide.
Well, other fun activities will not cost you a lot. They include swimming (which is really fun especially for children), fishing, and stargazing.
Cook your meals
Instead of ordering meals at restaurants nearby, opt to cook your meal. It doesn’t just save you some cash, but cooking is a staple in every hiking adventure! Raw meat and sausage are much cheaper than buying restaurant takeaways. Don’t forget to bring a kettle for your morning coffee and late-night hot chocolate too.
Put up your camping box
Invest in items that you can reuse in most if not all your camping trips. These may include a multipurpose knife set, a compass, heavy-duty flashlights, etc. Make a list of all the things that you need and make sure to not overspend on your consumables.
Camping is an excellent way bond with your friends or family, take a break from the daily grind, and inject some adventure in your life. The great thing is, you don’t have to break your bank to experience a fantastic camping trip. With these ten budget-friendly camping tips, you can have a lot of fun and worry about being broke after.