If you're a fan of the outdoors, whether it be camping, hiking, backpacking or even vacationing on mountain cabins, you know that you need to set aside a certain budget to be able to maximize your trip. You'll need money for gas, food, gear, supplies and other essentials and most of the time these all add up to a big amount.
If you're on a tight budget, consider these money-saving tips when travelling outdoors:
Be frugal when buying gear and supplies
If you're planning to purchase/replace camping gear for your trip, be smart about your buying choices. You don't need a huge and fancy tent that costs $500 if you're camping alone, or a sleeping bag with all those features that you won't even personally use. Get a good quality basic gear that is appropriate for the season and weather of your trip – this will give you what you need while saving money.
Choose a cheaper location
If you're on a tight budget for your next camping adventure, don't choose a campsite that charges fees that are out of your budget, especially if you're staying for more than a few nights. Consider camping at a more remote location or at National Forests (which are usually free of charge unless otherwise noted), but these sites don't usually offer plenty of amenities so you have to come prepared.
Consider camping close to home
If you've already set a budget for your campsite fee, consider choosing a good site that's close to home. This will save you plenty of other expenses such as gas and food (the farther your campsite, the more stops for food you're going to make).
Take public transportation
This is especially ideal for solo campers or even couples. Taking a bus or a train to your outdoor destination is an adventure in itself, and you get to save money on gas. You'll be good and ready to enjoy the outdoors, too, as you're not exhausted from driving. Just remember to pack light!
Split expenses with your friends
This is a great way to lower your expenses when travelling outdoors. From gas, food to campsite fees, split the expenses among you and your friends. The more there is in your group, the less you're going to have to shell out.
Follow these money-saving tips for when you're camping or travelling outdoors – you won't have to spend a fortune to be able to relax!