Long time campers know that costs can stack up while purchasing supplies for camping. Camping equipments need to be durable, for the purchase to be optimal. Unlike long lasting equipments, a recurring hassle for campers are food and other expendable supplies that need to be bought over and over again. There are ways to save money even on these and saving money means more trips to come.
Make a list of the supplies you find yourself buying over and over. Then, stock up on these items during the off-season. During fall and winter, retail stores like Wal-Mart and Target often have sales on equipments like tent, sleeping bags, and camping stoves. You might save some money by buying items like ponchos and miscellaneous camping gear when they go on sale in early fall even though you do not need them yet.
Think about the food you normally bring along on your trips. Grocery stores will have specials on dried soups and drinks you like to take along even if you camp year round. Make full use of any sales on frozen vegetables and ingredients that you might need for a trip if there are any. You can keep it in the refrigerator and then just cook them up at the last minute before your trip.
You might also consider taking a trip to your local bulk supply store. You can always divide dried fruits, snacks, paper plates and cups, trail mixes, dried soups or drinks over the camping season which can be bought in bulk. If luck is on your side, you may find great discounts on grills and other supplies as well.
The most important way to save money on your camping supplies is to take excellent care of all of them. Simple maintenance on tents, sleeping bags and other gear can save money in the long run, and prevent having to make big purchases over and over again. You can purchase cans of waterproofing solution which are available at most department and hardware stores to protect your tent and increase it’s life span.
Careful planning and purchasing of camping supplies throughout the year, not just when you need them, can save you a lot of money in the long run. Purchasing in bulk on some items like dried foods and paper goods are okay to do. Be aware of any sales and clearance rack during the off season for cheaper supplies. The more money saved on supplies will result on more trips to your favorite destinations all year long.