Budgeting For Your Summer Camping Trip: From Site Fees To Camping Equipment

Budgeting For Your Summer Camping Trip: From Site Fees To Camping Equipment

Get S’more Bang for Your Vacation Buck

It’s no secret that camping is one of the least expensive vacations you can take with friends or family. Typically easy to plan, you can camp close to your home for the weekend, or go big and explore the parks across the country.  Whether it’s the ghost stories around the campfire, a breathtaking view, or the surprise storm that keeps you snuggled in your tent playing Gin Rummy for hours, camping trips are always fantastic memory makers and a great way to get back in touch with old mother nature. It doesn’t matter if you’re on the wimpy side when it comes to roughing it, or you’re an avid outdoor adventurist, there is a campsite for everyone out there!

Get Ready, Set, GO!

If you have the itch for a last minute summer weekend trip, you can usually find a nearby campground with an open spot.  You’d be surprised to find, however, that if you don’t want to pitch your tent right next to the bathroom, or if you’re interested in going to a popular park, planning well in advance is essential! Do your homework, account for any special permits you may need (like a fishing permit), and make sure you have all the necessary gear to make your trip a success – kids or no kids!


If you already own basic camping supplies or you’re headed into the wild with an experienced camper, your trip may just cost you the site fees, food and gas.  But, if you can’t borrow equipment or need to buy the proper clothing and supplies, plan to spend a good chunk of dough on necessary gear.  If you do choose to make the investment to purchase a tent, backpack, cooking supplies and special attire, plan to LOVE camping and go often!  Initial costs are not cheap, but they will pay off down the line! Purchasing modest gear and site rental fees come out to $600-$1,000 for a family of four and up to $300-$400 for an individual.

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