Camping can be a wonderful and fun experience but can also get expensive, especially if you’re a first-timer. So in order to save money and still enjoy your time out camping, here are some quick tips that will help.
Set Your Budget – This is always the most important tip for everything we do and when it comes to camping, it’s also the most important. I’m sure you’ve been there. You head out camping with a friend, no particular plans in mind, but nothing else. If you set a budget that includes just the essentials, you’ll save money on gas, meals, and just about everything else.
Find a Good Tent – Whether you choose a tent that you can actually use or one that you plan on turning into your home, finding a tent that meets your needs is key. Don’t get caught in the trap of thinking that bigger is better when it comes to camping tents. Sure, a huge tent can be easier to pitch in a hurry, but if you’re on a budget, don’t waste your money on a big tent.
Carry an Emergency Bag – An emergency bag is the best thing that you can have in case you need it. The bag will contain important camping supplies, like food, first aid, and other items that you may not have time to bring with you. If you have an emergency bag, you won’t have to panic if something happens while you’re camping. Besides, it’s one less thing to worry about.
Pack Food and Water Properly – Do you know what those two things are called? I’ve known people who have brought food and water all over the place just because they didn’t know how to pack it. Better safe than sorry. I recommend that you pack each food item separately.
Find a Camping Spot – You don’t have to camp in the woods, but if you have the option, why wouldn’t you want to? It is less expensive and offers you more freedom than the city. Another option is to spend a day hiking up the coast. Either way, it is still worth spending a little bit of time looking for a nice spot to camp.
Wear Cotton – Always wear cotton clothing when you’re camping. While they are certainly not as warm as wool or silk, cotton is a great, cheap material to wear in cold weather. Make sure that you don’t get wet through your clothes. Also, make sure that you wash them after every time you sleep. If you wash them early in the morning, you will avoid getting them dirty from water when you’re only going to be in them for a short period of time.
Keep Things Simple – If you are not used to camping, I highly recommend that you buy a small backpack. This will keep everything together easily. Also, keep your sleeping bag zipped up and out of sight. It will make it harder for someone to steal it or go and sleep in it while you’re out. Keep all of your toiletries and other personal items in a waterproof container.
Use Carabiners – Using carabiners is a great way to keep your hands free. They aren’t very bulky and can easily fit in your pocket, so they will be easier to carry. Also, they make attaching things to your backpack easier.
Buy Carabiners That Fit – In addition to buying carabiners that fit your clothing, check the size of the carabiner. Carabiners that are too big can make your life easier while packing. But, they can also mean that you’re going to have to cut off your other clothes to fit through them.
Last but not least, make sure that you bring everything you need. The last thing you want to do is spend more than you have, so pack only what you will need and take along a really light backpack.