Excited for the warmer months? We bet you are. But camping can be surprisingly expensive, and it’s easy to get in over your head without realizing how much camp costs add up-until it’s too late! Luckily though we have some budget tips that will make sure you’re not spending more than necessary this summer while still having a great time at campsites all across the UK.
A typical campsite can cost anything from around £8 per night for a basic grass pitch, up to around £45 a night for a pitch with an electric hookup in the height of summer. If you’ve got big tent or an Awning, it could well get stung again and have to pay extra. If your taking dog with you need space park 2 cars even if want hot shower plenty camp sites will all charge more.
So how can you ensure the cheap camping break you’re hoping for, really does come at an affordable price? Below we list 6 things that will have a big impact on the overall cost of your camping trip.
Enjoying back-to-basics camping or wild camping can be rewarding, but it’s also important to consider the cost of your trip. Pitching at a holiday park is generally far more expensive than pitching up in farm fields with minimal facilities, so if you want to bring down the price of campgrounds and enjoy amenities like showers and laundry services for less money, it might help just go on vacation somewhere else!
The trade-off is that low prices can often mean fewer facilities; we’ve even camped at a surprisingly large campsite once with no amenities! Of course, if you want to do more camping, and save money in the process, wild camping might be for you. You just need permission from landowners before setting up a shop on their property.
The price of campsites varies depending on the time of year, but for many campers, it can be difficult to avoid camping during peak times. If you’re tied into staying in a popular location and want to keep costs down, then head towards less crowded areas that are cheaper.
The Lake District for example offers some of the most expensive camping in Britain. Grass pitches without EHU often cost £35 or more a night, whereas we’ve found much more reasonable prices even during the busy season at small campsites tucked away in rural Wales and certain parts of Peak District England.
When you plan to go camping, it is important that you are fully prepared. Make sure your backpack has everything on the checklist and pack more than enough food because there will not be a grocery store nearby for miles! Aside from remembering necessities like water bottles and bug spray, also remember sunscreen so that we can all enjoy our time in nature without getting sunburned!
You may not need all the gear you have when you go camping, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry. So pack wisely and make sure your car has a full tank of gas before leaving for any long trips out in nature!
Dehydrated food pouches can be expensive and buying from the campsite shop is often pricey too, so make sure you’ve planned your meals in advance. We recommend that you take what you need to cook up a meal of fresh local produce with them if possible.
If you’re camping, it means that cooking your own meals is a must. But what do you pack to ensure the perfect meal? Well if we know about all these fantastic dishes like omelettes and casseroles then there’s no need to worry in packing food when going on an adventure!
The best way to have a great camping experience is by investing in the right gear and taking some time to learn about what you need.
I know I’ve been guilty of buying things on impulse before, but there are so many amazing pieces that it can be hard not to get tempted!
Don’t let the best time of year for a camping pass you by! From April to August, new season gear will have a higher price point than normal. If possible, purchase your equipment outside this period so that you don’t pay more and can find great deals on inventory leftover from last summer’s hot sales.
Camping is a great way to get back in touch with nature, but the cost of gear can be prohibitive. You could spend months looking for deals and then hope they are still available when you finally pull the trigger on your purchase, or you could borrow from friends who have already purchased their equipment. And if that’s not an option, consider borrowing camping gear free of charge from generous family members who may even offer up some newer models than what they use!