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Camping on a Budget


With camping season just beginning, I’ve been thinking about dusting off my tent and heading to the Adirondacks for a weekend camping trip. The only problem: spending a weekend in nature can really add up. It might sound like a cheap way to spend a weekend, but a simple trip to the woods can easily end up costing you hundreds of dollars. But camping doesn’t need to cost a fortune- I’ve done some research and found some great ways to enjoy the great outdoors on a budget, read on to find out what they are! 


Save On Transportation. While many campers enjoy all the comforts of renting an RV, it’s not a cheap luxury. From costly fuel to upgraded camping costs, not to mention dumping fees and more, it’s difficult to enjoy a budget friendly RV trip (if not, impossible.) A more economical option is to just throw a tent in the trunk of your car. You’ll cut back on gas, and you won’t have to pay a pricey campground fee.

If you don’t already have a tent, I highly recommend purchasing a used one on eBay, Amazon, or another online retailer. You’ll save a pretty penny and really, will you actually notice the difference between a new and used tent? Probably not.


Spend less at Campgrounds. This is where they “get you.” Most sites will charge you anywhere from $20-$40 per night, which in my opinion, is quite steep. But what a lot of people don’t realize is that there are a variety of campsites that are FREE of charge. Whenever I’m planning a camping trip, I always check After entering in the location where you would like to camp, the site will generate a number of campgrounds or areas where you can pitch a tent at no cost.

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Save Money on Camping Supplies. While there are a few necessary goods you will need for a successful camping trip, you’re not required to break your budget. You most likely already have blankets, pillows, a flashlight, and sun protection, so you’ll just need to pick up these few necessities:

Food and drink- If you’re camping for 1-3 days, there is no reason you’re food and drinks should cost you more than $40 (for up to 4 people.) Some snacks to bring along could be trail mix, jerky, and other imperishable foods. Hotdogs and canned goods are other great, low-cost options that can be cooked right over the fire!

Plates, bowls, utensils- Instead of buying paper plates and plastic cups, you should go the eco-friendly route and just bring along plates, bowls and utensils from home. Not only will you save some money, but you’ll help out the environment by avoiding the paper and plastic.

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