Camping is a great way to spend time with the family, spend less money on a vacation, stay active, and get outdoors. There are plenty of opportunities to get outdoors and go camping with your spouse or the entire family this summer.
If you are a first-time camper, temptation to get all the coolest gear might quickly strain your camping budget. Before buying the latest high-priced must have camping gear, consider if you really need (or will use) that cool new product. As an experienced camper, you might have accumulated some camping gear you no longer need. Pass it along to someone new to camping to help them save some money. The basics of camping have not changed. You still need a tent, sleeping bag, and other simple items. Everything else depends on the level of comfort you desire.
- Repurpose - Look for items around your house, like blankets, that you can use when camping instead of buying new blankets for camping a couple times a year.
- Borrow - If you only go camping once or twice a summer, try to borrow some of the more expensive items, like a tent, from a friend or relative.
- Backpack Camping - Consider backpacking to a remote location. This option is best if you are not camping with the kids. You can likely park in a place without any fees. You will experience more solitude and will be tempted to buy less camping gear, since you will have to carry everything on your back.
- Buy Wood in Advance - Buy wood locally before heading to your camping destination. You will save money, considering that demand for campfire ready wood near campsites is high, along with the price.
- Fill Up on Gas Before Leaving Town - Gas is typically less expensive in urban areas, so fill up your vehicle's gas tank before leaving town. Once you get far away from towns and gas stations on every corner, you will likely see the price of gas increase significantly.
- Get Some Camping Experience - Camp a few times before buying too much camping gear. After a few camping trips, you will realize what you need and what will just take up space in your vehicle or backpack.
- Camp With Friends and Family - Share the camping experience with another family to reduce the cost of traveling and other camping expenses like, campsite fees, etc.