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5 Frugal Camping Tips

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Camping can be an inexpensive and fun way to travel with family and friends. Here are some ways to reduce the costs and make it more enjoyable for everyone.


Plan ahead. You won’t want to forget important supplies at home, and then be forced to buy them. Make a list of necessary things to bring on your camping trip, and don’t leave the house until everything is checked off. Click here for a family-camping checklist!



Go with friends and family. The more people on the camping trip, the more people to share the cost! If you are camping in a large group, ask your friends and family to pitch in for food and supplies.



Keep it simple. You don’t need state-of-the-art camping gear to enjoy yourself. Instead, you might consider re-purposing household items to use while you are enjoying the great outdoors. Click here for a list of things around your home you can re-purpose.


Keep your firewood covered. An overnight rain shower can ruin all your wood in an instant. Keep it covered with a tarp, once the fire is put out – to save you some money and frustration.


Use free recreational facilities. Enjoy a nearby beach, state park or even just the lake or river. A camping weekend is the perfect time to take out the kayaks, hiking boots or swimming gear!

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