Camping is a good way to relax and vacation without breaking the bank. Whether you are an experienced camper or this is going to be your first camping experience, you must have the right equipment and gear to have a worthwhile camping experience. Some camping supplies are expensive while some are hard to find. So, to locate the hard to find camping tools and also to save money there are some tricks that we will show you that will keep you interested in camping.
Have a plan
For any activity to proceed without much problems, there must be a solid plan. After you have made up your mind that you would be taking a camping trip down the road, the next thing is to lay down a solid plan. Find out more about the location you will be going to by doing research online. Find out what the climate is like and check out what the weather forecast will be at the time you hope to be out there.
Make a list of supplies you would need for the trip and check off stuff you already have from the list. The things you do not have you will need to purchase. Because camping tools could be expensive, a good rule of thumb is to start purchasing what you would need early and spread out the purchases over time to avoid a hit on your budget.
Make a budget
Carry out a search on the internet or go to your local sporting goods store to get an idea of the cost of the supplies and equipment you will need. As you are writing your budget do not forget to include food, water , cutlery and cooking utensils. If for some reason you shoot over your budget, the best step will be to prioritize your budget and list and get rid of some luxury items. However, make sure that essential items are purchased first before other items on the list. Essential items will include an elaborate first aid kit or survival equipment. Compare prices online and at other sporting goods stores and try to stretch your money as far as it can go.
Rent or borrow it
As a camping enthusiast you must have friends who equally share the same passion as you do. They maybe able to provide you some of these camping tools you might need. Even if you have to borrow from several friends to get all that you would need, it is a money saving endeavor for you. However, people love to get back their items in the same condition they gave it to you or even better. So remember to take good care of them and at least return them clean.
Another option will be to rent the items you need. Check out your local yellow pages to look for companies that offer camping rentals and get what you need such as showers, grills etc. If you have extra cash and for convenience you could rent a recreational vehicle (RV) which will supply all you essential needs such as cooking, eating and sleeping facilities.
Auctions, Discount stores or Garage Sales
Surf the web and go to auction websites such as eBay and shop for used equipment. There are plenty of good deals out there but you have to seek them out. Visit discount stores in your area and go to their sporting goods section. You might find some camping paraphernalia like grills, tents, dishes and sleeping bags at reduced prices.
As a newbie camper, buying camping equipment could be very expensive, but with a little planning and some time on your hands you could search and find goods at reasonable prices. Research prices and compare prices in different stores to find the best discounts available. Remember that most of the equipment you buy could be reused again and again, so the investment you make today will serve you for some time to come.