How to Save on Camping
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How to Save on Camping

Posted on Tuesday, August 9th, 2011 at 2:12 pm
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As the end of summer is drawing near, a lot of people are looking to squeeze in some last-minute vacations and traveling. If you are looking for a cost-effective trip this summer, you might consider camping. When done right, camping can be a great affordable and fun vacation. So, I’ve compiled a list of ways to help you save on camping!

Getting the Best Deals on Camping Equipment:

 

What You’ll Need for Your Camping Trip:

What you’ll need for your camping trip will vary depending on your destination, duration of trip, and the time of year you’re going. However, here is a basic list of what you’ll need.

Equipment and Gear:

  • Lantern
  • Matches or lighter
  • Sleeping bags and pads for cushion
  • Tents and tent stakes
  • Blankets
  • Stove and fuel
  • Backpacks (bring an extra pack for short hiking trips)
  • Folding chairs
  • Flashlights and extra batteries
  • Axe
  • Rope
  • Waterproof gear (if there’s any chance of wet weather)
  • Directions, maps, cell phone, and emergency phone numbers
  • Travel/camping guide-book

 

Clothing and Accessories:

  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking boots
  • Waterproof clothing
  • Fleece jackets, pants, gloves, hats (in case of cold night temperatures)
  • Visor or brimmed hat
  • Camera and extra batteries
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Anti-bacterial lotion
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • First-aid kit
  • All other daily personal items (toiletries, prescriptions, comfortable clothing, etc.)

 

Food and Cooking:

  • Utensils, cups, plates
  • Pots and pans
  • Water and refillable bottles
  • Food and snacks
  • Garbage bags

 

Hopefully you’ll find some of these saving tips useful when planning your camping trip!

 

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.