Tent camping is a very economical option for a family vacation. Did you know that you can find tent campsites with electricity from $17 and up per night in many National Parks and State Parks. So don’t let the economy prevent you from enjoying a fabulous family vacation. Follow these simple tips for tent camping on a budget. And then get started making camping memories with your family.
Tent Camping On A Budget
- Find good deals on camping equipment by shopping at discount stores.
- Yard sales are a good place to look for camping equipment as well.
- Buy camping gear during the off season when it goes on sale.
- Get out of the sporting goods department and find products that may be used for camping in other parts of the store. Many products are re-marketed as camping supplies, such as the camping broom and dust pan (see this article about foam floor tiles for your tent).
- Choose a campsite close to home to cut down on gas prices.
- Check websites for deals. Even our National Parks and State Parks offer discounts occasionally.
- Buy essential equipment first and purchase other gear gradually as finances allow.
- Use a camping checklist so you don’t forget anything and overspend for a replacement.
- If you really want the name brand camping equipment, check online discount sites like The Climb.
- Prepare a meal plan before your trip and bring your food with you. This allows you to shop for the best deals and use coupons. And remember, hot dogs are cheap and kids love them.
You can rent tents. I do not recommend this option, because you can purchase an inexpensive tent and then if you take care of it, you will have it for many years to come.
Tent camping can be a fun, economical family vacation. Use the same financial common sense you use at home. And remember, the first camping trip is the most expensive. After you purchase your essential camping equipment, the cost of tent camping decreases substantially.
I’ll see ya around the campfire.
What other tips would you give first time tent campers?