Camping Without A Fortune

Camping Without A Fortune

You’re stressed out from work, the kids are getting rowdier and unmanageable by the day, and your wife is giving you that look. It’s definitely time for a family vacation. In fact, it was time for a vacation several years ago, but you just kept putting it off because you could never afford it. Or don’t you? I’ve known lots of people who have wanted to take a well-deserved vacation for so long, but never got around to it because they thought it took a lot of money to make it work. I’m telling you; nothing could be farther from the truth.

Perhaps it’s time you consider taking your family out on a camping trip. Sure, it’s nothing like going to Disneyland or Italy or Hawaii, but hey, we’re talking cheap here, right? Don’t get me wrong, though. An inexpensive camping trip doesn’t mean scrimping on the fun. For starters, let’s talk about the places you could go. There are lots of great camping grounds to be found at state/national parks and forests, plus some other public recreation areas. These places make great camping sites for everybody but without the hefty price tag.

It only costs around to a night at these campgrounds, so you could stay for up to 3 days without burning a hole in your pocket. The amenities at these campgrounds usually include a fire pit, a charcoal grill for those barbecues, picnic tables and benches. A campsite will be provided for setting up your tent. Bathrooms and showers can usually be found in nearby buildings. Drinking water will be no problem, and you can easily find a convenient area to wash dishes, clothes, and dispose of your trash.

A while ago I mentioned that camping at these places doesn’t mean scrimping on the fun, and I meant it. Hiking trails are abundant in national and state parks and forests, and most public parks also have lakes for fishing, boating, and swimming. Usually, public parks also have playgrounds for the kids and playing areas for sports like basketball and volleyball. You can also find great spots for a game of baseball or just throwing around the old pigskin. Remember to bring your Frisbees and your bicycles, too. Adults and children alike also love to try out their R/C cars and boats in these places. Some public parks even show movies on weekends and nature programs for everybody who’s interested.

If you already have your camping gear, then you’re all set. All you need to pay for are campground fees, gas, and food. But if you have no gear available yet, there’s no need to fret. You can get outfitted for less than you might think.

For family tents, you can find some that sell around 0 or even less. If you have 4 members in your family, you might want to get a tent that fits 5 or 6. You’ll be thankful for the extra room. Sleeping bags will net you around 0 to 0, but you can also find good sleeping bags for under 0. Get a 3-season bag rated for 30 to 40 degree weather; you can always unzip it if it gets too warm. You might also want sleeping pads for additional insulation from the cold ground; these can be bought at around .

For your cooking needs, there’s always the charcoal grill, but if you need a stove, you can buy one for around to . You might need coolers, too, for your beverages, fish, meat, and other food items that need refrigerating. Coolers can go for around to 80, with big ones for 0. The pots and pans you can always bring from home, as well as utensils and condiments. The only other things you’d need to buy are a tarp to protect your tent, and a 9-volt battery lamp. A lantern gets too hot for me and attracts a lot of insects, so I wouldn’t use one.

The bottom line? An estimate of around 0, but that’s only a one-time cost for getting new gear that you could use for more camping trips, not only this one. Once you’ve got your camping gear, your next camping trips will be even cheaper. Campground fees should be around 0 for a week, plus another 0 to 0 for gas, food, and ice. You’ll only need to replenish once in a while, especially for batteries. There you go: a fun-filled, adventurous vacation without needing to spend a fortune!

Camping Without A Fortune