As we all know, camping is not a cheap hobby. Except for the cost of purchasing camping gear, we also need to add permits fees and activity fees in the budget; and it will quickly go up in flames if we factor in expenses for food and transportation when family camping. A reporting pointed out that: adult campers spent an average of $546 on camping gear alone in 2016. It's a bit expensive, isn't it?
The good news is there are many ways to cut the costs of a camping trip. Here we collect many tips that will help you save money on a camping trip.
1. BORROW OR RENT CAMPING GEAR
Renting or borrowing camping gear is a good idea when your first-time camping, or camping occasionally, which can effectively save camping costs. When you decide to take your family to camp frequently this summer, then you might consider purchase camping gear.
2. CHOOSE TO PURCHASE SECOND-HAND CAMPING GEAR
It is also an effective way to reduce the camping budget! You can purchase lightly used camping gear from a resale shop or website. It not only lets you have your own camping gear but also avoids waste of resources.
3. PURCHASE HIGH-QUALITY & DURABLE NEW CAMPING GEAR
Decide to buy your own new camping gear? We prefer KingCamp high-performance, portable, comfortable camping gear. Yes, high-quality camping gear can be expensive, but they are durable and can help you through many camping seasons! It's also a very cost-effective way.
4. PACK CAMPING ESSENTIALS
- The campsite general store has everything except cheap. So remember to pack camping essentials advance that will save a lot.
- Be sure to bring a first-aid kit to take care of the little annoyances as they happen.
5. AVOID POPULAR FESTIVALS & HOLIDAYS
When camping on Memorial Day and Labor Day, you will not only have to pay a higher campsite fee, but you will also face a noisy campsite and crowd, which will spoil your camping trip. So, if allowed, you can choose to go camping on days other less popular days.
6. CHOOSE A CAMPSITE CLOSE TO HOME
When car camping, the farther the campsite is from your home, the more you’ll have to spend on gas. So why not choose a campsite that’s within short driving distance from your home, when there happens to be one?
7. COMPARE CAMPSITES
Compare campsites - such as price, amenities, and availability at campgrounds - to choose the most suitable one. Another Tip: You can buy the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands annual pass if you’re planning on taking several camping trips during the year.
8. EXPLORE FREE CAMPSITE & CAMPING ACTIVITIES
You can search on the website and find free campgrounds where you can pitch a tent or park an RV without pay camping permits fees.
Doing free camping activities is a good way to reduce costs, which can give you more fun than these expensive camping activities. You can hike, bike, go fishing, play board games, tell stories around the campfire, and enjoy stargazing...
Let's have a fun and frugal way to enjoy the great outdoors!