One of the best parts of car camping is that it is a relatively cheap way to go on holiday. Once you have the necessary gear, the ongoing costs of each trip are fairly minimal. There’s no need to worry about hotels, train or plane tickets, or eating every meal in a restaurant. This makes car camping the ideal spontaneous holiday. You don’t have to save up – you can just get in the car and go! If you’re on a budget and want to save as much as possible, here are some tips on how, with a little research and planning (but not so much that you lose your spontaneity!), you can have an even more cost effective camping holiday!

Plan your meals and use what you have

When you’re camping, it may be tempting to go out and buy lots of food especially for your trip and to bring extra food ‘just in case’. However, if you plan your meals ahead of time, you can bring exactly what you need, thereby saving on space and money, as well as avoiding potential food waste. It’s also a good idea to look to your kitchen cupboards before you go to the supermarket – chances are, you already have a few canned goods and bags of pasta that you can bring. Also consider cooking communal meals if you’re camping with a group – you can all either contribute ingredients or funds, and it’s a great way to bring people together. This also helps avoid any food going to waste. There’s nothing worse than opening up a can or jar for yourself and having to throw half of it away!

Choose Your Campsite Carefully

In these uncertain times, it can be a bit of a gamble booking a hotel or even planning a holiday too far in advance. When you go car camping, you only need to pay the campsite owner a fee to park your car.  It’s a good idea to do some research on campsites in the area that you plan to travel to in order to find the cheapest one that suits your needs. Search engines are your friend here – take the time to consider your options rather than just picking the first campsite you see. 

Go On a Staycation!

You don’t have to travel far to have an adventure – your trip can still feel like a holiday even if you drive somewhere less than an hour away! This way, you’ll save money on petrol, cut down on travel time, and explore your local area! 

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