7 Camping Trip Saving Secrets
Camping is an awesome way to spend time with someone special and get to know nature all over again. Unfortunately, camping can also be kind of expensive if you are not careful. The various fancy items that can be used will add up quickly if you try to get them all. The key to camping economically is mixing the old school with the new school.
Here are 7 ways you can save money while camping in the great outdoors without sacrificing fun or comfort:
1. Consider a natural shelter
Of course you have to learn how to build them, but natural shelters can be quite comfortable when done correctly. Not having to buy an expensive tent can save you quite a few bucks right off the top. Personally, I like to spend on my tent but that is just me. It is an option to those that want to rough it.
2. Learn to build fire naturally instead of buying lanterns
Lots of folks head into the woods with lanterns to light the way at night. Why bother with such things that cost money and often require fuel? Instead, light a safe campfire and enjoy the natural light that also warms the soul.
3. Don’t be ashamed to borrow
Reach out to your fellow campers and see if they would mind lending you some items you don’t have for your camping trip. Of course, you need to offer the same back to them on occasion and return everything in perfect working order.
4. Get to the nearest used sporting goods store pronto
If you really want the creature comforts of home (or something similar) and you must spend the money, at least buy them at a used sporting goods store where the costs are much lower. You can get nice equipment for pennies on the dollar sometimes and still have quality items.
5. Take advantage of free camping areas
This used to be easy but with all the regulations now in place, you really have to dig. Find out where you can camp for nothing and take advantage of this every time you head out Why pay for something you can get for free? If you have no areas that fit this description, ask your friends if anyone owns land they would allow you to camp on. There are usually some out there.
6. Hunt your own food
This takes a bit of knowledge and plenty of planning, but you can do it if you really want to have an authentic camping experience. Rest assured, however, that you will need backups. Don’t head out into the woods with no back up in place at all. Fishing for food is the easiest way to go about hunting, but you can also make it a genuine hunt if that is your thing. Be sure to follow local laws and secure the proper licensing to do so, however.
7. Sell those items you never use
If you camp for very long you will accumulate items that you bought but never really got around to using. This might be because it was not what you thought, or perhaps it simply did not tickle your fancy once you got to the campground. Whatever the case, take those items and sell or trade them in for items you will use. Like any other hobby, camping can be expensive if you don’t offset those costs where you are able.
There are so many other tips and tricks you can use to save on camping that most people have already thought of. Camping with friends and family is a great way to spend your Summer Nights, Take turns cooking each night so that everyone doesn’t have to buy food for every meal and you won’t have leftovers. You can also bring along snacks and things you purchased on sale, planning ahead is one of the best ways to save money! So start planning your Summer/Fall Camping Trips now and be prepared before you leave so that you’re not stuck with last minute expenses.