5 Tips on Saving on Camping Equipment
Camping is cheaper than spending money on luxurious hotels and eating in high-end restaurants. However, if you aren’t careful enough, camping may come with higher start-up costs. Would you like to sleep outdoors safely but without spending too much money? Here are 5 useful tips on how to save on camping equipment!
1. Buy used camping gear. Track down the next date for used gear sale in your town and you’ll be able to save up to 80% off used camping equipment. Don’t worry if those items have been in somebody’s attic for years, but make sure to test them first. Also, you could borrow durable items such as sleeping pads or backpacks from your friends.
2. If you’re an infrequent camper, consider renting gear such as a sleeping bag or a tent. In case your favorite outdoor stores don’t rent camping gear, they’ll know where to refer you to.
3. If you’re not really fond of used items, especially when it comes to camping, opt for new gear but try to avoid the retail prices. Instead, check out discounts and coupons websites for the best deals.
4. Purchase articles together with friends and use them at together or at different times. Since most people camp up to 3 weeks a year, there’s time in the summer camping season to share your camping gear with others. Nevertheless, choose the right friends for this and make sure you establish some rules, such as what happens if the tent breaks on someone’s camping outing.
5. Camping-specific general equipment is highly recommended, but not if you’re car-camping. So, unless weight and size matter, you should use general equipment, such as kitchen pans and pots, coffee mugs, tableware, blankets and pillows from your home.
Camping is a wonderful and affordable way to spend a weekend (or more) enjoying the outdoors. It’s a hobby you’ll be able to enjoy for your entire life, but only if you don’t allow the costs to add up.