10 Ways to Save Money on Camping This Summer
The summer is drawing to a close, but there’s still time to plan a family camping trip vacation. It’s a great, budget-friendly trip for your family that allows you to be active and spend quality time together away from distractions. While camping is a budget-friendly vacation alternative, it can get expensive fast if you’re not well-prepared. Lincoln Savings Bank wants you to enjoy the rest of the summer and save money, so check out these tips for saving money while camping!
Camp at a National Forest
There are still fees here for campsites with picnic tables and bathrooms, but you can camp or backpack for free anywhere in the forest if you stay away from trailheads and have a parking pass.
Buy essentials at Goodwill
You can find cheap plates, utensils, pots, pans, mugs, and towels at a fraction of the price of new.
Use duct tape for quick fixes
Patch up tent holes and shoes, keep wind out of your sleeves, prevent blisters and save the money you would have spent driving to town to get replacements or solutions for those things.
Pack food before you go
Plan out your meals and pack everything you’ll need. This will help you avoid trips to the nearest convenience store for high-priced snacks.
Separate drinks and food in different coolers
The drink cooler will be opened a lot more often, so keep your ice costs lower and help your food last longer by keeping them in separate coolers.
Use block ice instead of cubed
This will last longer and save you more money on ice.
Freeze meats and other foods before you go
You can use these foods as ice to keep your non-frozen foods cooler.
Shop in the bulk food section
Buy foods like beans, fruit, trail mix and granola in bulk to save money.
Trade rice for couscous
Rice can take 20-30 minutes to cook over the stove, so to save money on camp stove fuel, try couscous, which cooks in five minutes!
Consider renting gear
Ask your local outdoors store if they rent out tents, stoves and sleeping bags if you don’t already have your own. If they don’t, they can refer you to someone who does.
Try these tips to make your camping experience fun and affordable for the whole family. We hope you have a wonderful camping adventure before the summer is over and the hectic schedule of the school year begins.
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