This week’s Tuesday Tip, camping for vacation! Again, I recently touched upon this topic in detail over at The Centsible Life. (You’re not tired of the senseless plug, are you?) Yet, camping is one of my favorite summer activities, and with summer hovering around enough so that I can just taste it, this seemed like a perfect time to touch upon this topic.
Tip # 8: Camping makes for a great vacation.
Taking a camping vacation saves money in comparison.
- Camping site fees are minimal. Most camp site fees range between $10 a night to $35 a night. I personally use ReserveAmerica.com to book my camp site. The site allows me to see all of the federal and state campgrounds in my destination of choice. I can view the amenities, such as showers and flush toilets versus porta-potties and no potable water, and I can even choose my specific camp site at most campgrounds. After a visit or two I make a mental note as to which sites are my favorite; quiet, secluded, near a stream, large in size, nice pad to place the tent, not covered in bees or wasps, etc.
- Overall cost of camping is minimal if you build up your supplies over time. Our first camping experience was camping in our Element with a few pillows, blankets, and a small cooler. Granted, it was an overnight trip so these items got us through the night comfortably. Through the years of camping, our supplies have grown and I’ve even made a checklist that I add to every time we return from a camping expedition. Before packing up our car, I check the list and make sure we haven’t forgotten anything. Bringing all of the necessities, like cook ware, coolers, sleeping arrangements, flashlights, and a tent as well as our comfort items makes camping fun and comfortable. Large rubbermaid bins help organize it all so we don’t have to pack everything each time we go camping.
Camping is good on the environment if you “leave nothing behind”.
- Camping can be a green vacation option. The key here is that you literally leave nothing behind. Clean up after yourself! Don’t throw your cans in the stream or your napkins on the ground. I’m even at the point where the camp site is cleaner after I’ve visited the site than when I arrived. I will go around and pick up bottle caps, twist ties, anything that doesn’t belong! Of course if you travel with a generator and 50-ft RV, then maybe this doesn’t count as “green” camping. However, keeping it simple, reducing your waste, and picking up after yourself will point you in the right direction.
Do you enjoy camping? What do you bring with you? Are you a tent camper, pop-up trailer camper, or RVer?