Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Saving On Camping Trips

If the cost of travel has you debating whether or not you can take a vacation this year, you should look into camping for your vacation. There are a wide variety of great campgrounds to choose from, and can you enjoy fun activities such as campfires and roasting marshmallows with your friends and family. As long as you plan it out right, you can save a great deal of money by camping on a budget.

Choosing The Campground

You will want to choose the campground first based on the location and the amenities that you want. Many campgrounds have a beach nearby or a pool. Some have children's activities, petting zoos, nature and bike trails and even sand dunes for great family fun! Price also plays a significant role in choosing the right camping spot.
You should expect to pay anywhere between $15 and $35 a night at a state campground, which is much less than a typical hotel stay for your entire group. (There are even cabins at some state campgrounds for around $65 a night.)

There are so many options for camping vacations, you don't even have to spend a fortune on gas to find one nearby that you will enjoy! You can pick a campground that has bathrooms, fire pits, picnic tables, and running water, since it will make your stay much more enjoyable than having to totally fend for yourself.

What Recreation Is Available?

Because you will not be staying at a resort on your vacation, there isn’t someone who is going to plan out an entire itinerary for you. You have to figure out what types of recreation and activities are available near the campground you chose, such as hiking trails, water sports, or even playgrounds or basketball courts nearby. It is best to research what is in the area, so you can plan activities for every person.

What Camping Gear Is Needed?

To save money on camping vacations, you only need to purchase the necessities when planning your budget camping trip. You will need to purchase a tent large enough to fit your entire group or several smaller tents if you would like to provide some privacy. You will also want to purchase sleeping bags, and possibly sleeping pads to put under the sleeping bags for added comfort.
(If you don't want to purchase a tent right away, you can try the camping cabins!) You should also plan on bringing a propane camping stove for cooking, and a cooler to keep any perishable foods cold during your stay. Dishes, pots and pans, and eating utensils are also necessary, but you can bring those from home if you don’t mind them getting a little dirty. You should also keep a first aid kit with all of your belongings, because it is always better to be safe than sorry.

Saving On Food

You can choose to bring food with you on your camping trip, since obviously everyone is going to want to eat! You can bring along some food right out of your cabinet at home, such as peanut butter, bread, cereal, marshmallows, hot dogs, and even eggs. Sometimes our family even just stops at a grocery store nearby. The marshmallows and hot dogs can be cooked right over the campfire, and you can easily cook other types of meat and eggs in a pan on top of the charcoal grill. The best way to save money is to purchase the perfect amount of food for your entire group, and make sure to keep anything cold that requires it. You will waste the most money by wasting food, so make sure you don’t bring anything along and let it spoil.

Try It!

Planning budget camping vacations is very easy...so it is actually possible to have a fun vacation at a very affordable price. As long as you only buy the necessities, pick an inexpensive campground with all sorts of activities, and bring the right amount of food to avoid any waste, you can have an amazing vacation that will cost you a fraction of what your other vacations cost. You may even decide to do it again next year!

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