Camping can also be a very economical way to travel, especially when you compare it to flying overseas or going on a cruise. But just because camping can be done on a budget this doesn't mean less enjoyment or less traveling. 

Before departing on a camping trip there are lots of other things you need to consider. Here are some tips for the perfect budget camping trip.


1. Rent or Buy

If you are lucky enough to own a campervan or tent then you don't need to worry about this point, but if you don't you really need to consider if you want to rent or buy.

If you have a passion for camping and can see yourself doing multiple trips then buying might be the best option in the long term. Or if you fancy giving camping a try, then renting your campervan or tent might be the best option.


2. Decide Where to Go

The closer you camp to home, the cheaper the cost will be.

There are lots of amazing camping destinations around the world but ask yourself do you really need to travel hundreds of miles, or even cross borders when you could just stay near to where you live? 

If you live in the United States check out these highly rated campsites on the US east coast.


3. Time of the Year

Summer is by far the most expensive time of year to book campsites due to the demand. Book outside of this period and prices will be a fraction of the price.


4. Spending Checklist

Make a spending plan for the things you want to buy for the camping trip and prioritize each item. A spending plan will help you ignore the temptation to buy something you don't even need. You can always look out for discounts.

A checklist will help you ensure that nothing is left behind or forgotten, so you don't have to go overboard or pay top prices for something just to double up on it knowing you won't even need it for a second time. First aid, clothing items, footwear, and tools are some of them.


5. Research

A lot of websites out there help you plan a low-budget camping trip. Planning makes a big difference, especially when you are on a budget.

Research your location and weather and make a list of essential things to pack for camping accordingly. You also need to be equipped accordingly to avoid spending money and going out of your budget.


6. Food

Going to the supermarket before a trip and buying food in bulk will save you a ton of money compared to buying at a campsite, getting takeaways or eating out at cafes and restaurants. Buy food in bulk for the duration of your trip and you can get much cheaper prices.


7. Camp with Others

Significant savings can be done when you camp with others and share the cost. For example, the price of the campsite, food and any equipment you might need. Camping with others, whether it be freinds or family can also really enhance the trip and make it more fun and enjoyable. 


Camping really is such a special way to travel and hopefully our list of tips will help make your trip less expensive. Do you have any recommendations to share? Let us know in the comments section below.