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Warmer weather means more time outside to play and relax!
If you are making plans to go camping this spring and summer, but looking for ways to cut costs on campsites, check out my 5 tips below!
Purchase In Advance
By purchasing in advance you are able to pick the type of site you need and for the best price. For example, some parks will let you put a tent on an RV site, but most of the time you still have to pay the RV price. Plus, parks will adjust their rates based on the season and demand for spots. Save money by doing your research early and securing the spot you want!
You can also call the park directly to see if you can reserve your spot and avoid having to pay an online reservation fee. If you are nervous about picking a date far in advance, contact the park and ask about their cancellation and transfer policies.
Look For Park Specials
State parks love to run specials throughout the year to encourage more families to enjoy the outdoors. Before you head out without a reservation, take a look online at the state parks in your area. You will often find early bird, seasonal specials and discounted rates for state park members.
Split The Cost Between Families
A lot of parks allow more than one tent per campsite and up to 6-8 people. If you are wanting to save money and spend a night by the fire, pick another family to join you and split the cost. Or, if you have an RV, pull-behind or fifth-wheel, there isn’t enough room to fit two but you can ask another family to join you and save money by splitting the cost too.
You also don’t have to stop at splitting the cost of the campsite to save money. Before your trip, you can split the cost of groceries, meals, gear and other items you might need.
Note: RV sites tend to be more expensive than standard tent sites because you need water and electricity hook-ups.
Pick A Primitive Site
If you’re thinking spending time outdoors in a tent without electricity or water sounds like your camping style, then look for primitive camping spots. Primitive camping spots in state parks will be cheaper than the standard sites since you are not using any electricity or water.
If you are ready to carry your tent and gear on your back, look for trails that allow trail-side camping. These spots are usually free to backpackers and you will most likely only have to pay to park your car at the trail-head.
Tip: The Appalachian Trial runs through Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia in the South, which is a great place to check out if you are looking for an adventure in the backcountry without paying for a campsite.
Head To The Backyard
For the cheapest option possible, sent up your tent in the backyard! This is also a great option for kids who are still young and learning how to camp. It’s nice to have the bathroom close by with little ones and fresh coffee in the morning! This can be just as fun as camping in a park and it’s the most frugal way to camp!