If you’re a fan of outdoor recreation, whether it’s camping, hiking, backpacks or even vacationing in mountain cabins, you know you need to set aside a certain budget to maximize your trip. You will need money for gas, food, equipment, supplies and other necessities, and most of the time they make up a large amount.
If you have a small budget, consider the following tips for saving money when traveling outdoors:
Be frugal when buying gear and supplies
If you are planning to purchase / replace a campsite for your trip, be smart in your purchase choices. You don’t need a huge and posh tent that costs $ 500 if you’re camping alone, or a sleeping bag with all those features you don’t even personally use. Get quality basic equipment that matches the season and weather of your trip – it will give you everything you need, saving you money.
Choose a cheaper place
If you don’t have a budget available for your next camping adventure, don’t choose a campsite that charges a fee that isn’t included in your budget, especially if you’re staying for a few nights. Think of camping in a more remote location or in the National Forests (which are usually free unless otherwise noted), but these sites usually don’t offer many amenities, so you’ll have to prepare.
Think of camping near your home
If you have already determined the budget of the camping fee, think about choosing a good site near the house. This will save a lot of other costs such as petrol and food (the farther your campsite is, the more stops for food you are going to make).
By public transport
This is especially ideal for individual vacationers and even for couples. A bus or train to an outdoor destination is in itself an adventure and you will be able to save money on petrol. You will also be fine and you will be ready to enjoy nature as you are not exhausted from driving. Don’t forget to pack the light!
Share costs with friends
This is a great way to reduce the cost of traveling outdoors. From gasoline, food to camping fees, share the costs between yourself and friends. The more in your group, the less you have to shell out.
Follow these money-saving tips when you’re hiking or traveling outdoors – you don’t have to spend a fortune to relax!