10 Secrets for Budget-Friendly Camping

6. Use items from home: When you're budget camping, use items you already have. Use a yoga mat, instead of buying expensive sleeping pads. Sleep under old comforters from home instead of buying new sleeping bags. Bring old pots, pans and spatulas that you have stashed in the back of your cupboards, instead of purchasing an entirely new kitchen set. 

7. Try solar lanterns: Don't worry about buying a bulk box of batteries. Charge your lanterns in the sun during the day to keep them running all night. 

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8. Explore free recreation: You want to find a variety of activities to stay busy all day, especially when camping with children. Don't hop in the car and find the nearest water park. Rather, look for nature trails, the campground beach, or a group volleyball or basketball court.

9. Cover your wood bundles: A surprise shower can ruin your wood for the rest of the trip. Don't risk spending money on more; simply cover the woodpile with a tarp. It's a simple budget camping tip that will save you money, time and frustration.

10. Keep your cooler in the shade: On especially hot camping trips, a cooler in the sun means you'll spend more on ice than necessary. Always keep your cooler in the shade to get the most out of the ice you already have.

Camping is a great way to have an affordable vacation with your family or friends. Use these budget camping tips to ease your mind—and wallet—on your next trip.

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