10 Ways To Save Money Camping

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There’s nothing quite like spending time in the great outdoors and sleeping under the stars. Camping is an enjoyable, healthy activity that the entire family can participate in with a wide variety of choices from private camp sites to National Parks. For those that enjoy getting out and communing with nature, the only drawback is that it seems to get more expensive each year. With fuel prices soaring, higher fees for camping permits and the price of gear, we’re all looking for ways to lower the cost of camping trips so that we can afford to do more of it. Here’s a list of suggestions that just might help you enjoy a few more trips next season:

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9 Responses to 10 Ways To Save Money Camping

  1. Holly says:

    I just went camping with family this weekend. Not only does block ice last longer, but you can fill containers with water and freeze them, and then as it thaws you have some nice, cold drinking water too!

  2. BillsBeloved says:

    In our area (Minnesota and Wisconsin) we are not allowed to bring firewood across state lines. Due to the beetle that is killing Ash trees, you are not supposed to bring your own firewood into a campground. We are told to buy firewood where we are going to burn it.
    We do like to make our own fire starters that we can take with us.
    Just put some sawdust in egg cartons (cardboard ones, not the styrofoam ones). Then add melted wax (use old candle stubs and crayons). Cool until hard. Cut into 12 fire starters ( each one egg section makes one fire starter. )

  3. Mark says:

    Great money saving tips. I use a dual fuel stove so I can fill up at the gas pumps. Group camping is a great idea too.

  4. Gail says:

    While we weren’t camping, we might as well have been since we were out in the boonies and the power went out. I had my 6 month old with me and didn’t want to have to cope witht he usual cloth diapers so I took disposable ones. Of course we ran out so had to drive close to 50 miles to a store that had them at astronomical prices. Before the week was out, we ran out again and had to make the same trip for more diapers. Since I generally used cloth diapers that I washed when I ran low, I never kept track of how many I went through. So the advice is, if you go camping or on vacation, be sure to take an abundant supply of diapers that you bought on sale at your local store or at least get them at a regular store near the area where you are vacationing. Diaper prices go up just like everything else at tourist traps.

  5. Dana says:

    Thanks for bringing up an important point to be considered on bringing in your own wood! Obviously, there’s a very good reason not to do so in some areas.

    I also love your tip for fire starters. What a great way to recycle several items and a big help at the campsite too!

  6. Polly says:

    Great tips, but as a previous reply was stated we cannot bring firewood into MN campsites. Firewood needs to be purchased in the area of where you are camping. Our state parks sell bundles of wood. Nice convenience, but can be expensive every night you have a campfire.

    Our family does the ” pool it” and split the cost of gas and food. Ever night we do have a family campfire, but rotate campsites as not to bother others at the same campsite nightly.

    Another tip for your coolers; one for drink and one for food. The drink cooler is opened more often. Also, freezing some foods until you need it can keep your cooler colder longer.

  7. Gwen says:

    Please, please, please do not bring firewood. As BillsBeloved commented, many of our trees in Ontario, Canada have been killed by bugs in firewood brought into our province.

    You can also save on camping by avoiding long weekends and high season rates. Google the city to find our *things to do for free in (city)*.

  8. Carson Bennet says:

    Great tips, especially about borrowing the camping gear. Ten years ago we decided to go camping, spent money to buy the tent, pads, etc. only to discover that we really don’t like camping. Speaking of which, I should really sell that stuff and clear up some space.

  9. Sarah says:

    Great article! Camping gear can cost a lot of money, but if you take advantage of the equipment you buy and use it multiple times, your money will go far.


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