Budget-friendly tips for when you Go Camping UK
Budget-friendly Tips for when you Go Camping in the UK
There’s nothing quite comparable to sleeping underneath the star-lit sky, listening to the sounds of nature, or waking up to the beautiful sunrise filtering through the trees from the comfort and simplicity of a tent. Camping offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life, a chance to connect with nature and a unique opportunity to discover some of the UK’s most picturesque landscapes. However, if you’re not careful, camping can also mean splurging on pricey equipment and accommodation. Not to worry! We bring you some budget-friendly camping tips to help you experience the great outdoors without breaking the bank.
Planning is your best friend when camping on a budget. It helps to outline a budget detailing expected costs such as accommodation, travel, food, and equipment. Not only does this keep you in control and prevent overspending, but early reservations could also take advantage of deals or discounts offered by some campsites in the UK.
Borrow or purchase used camping gear
Instead of buying new camping gear, why not borrow what you need? Check if family or friends have any equipment they can lend you. Alternatively, you can buy second-hand camping gear that is in perfectly good shape. Websites like eBay or Gumtree often have a wide range of camping equipment. Remember, always ensure any used items are still in good working order before setting off on your camping adventure.
Consider camping off-peak
Campsites raise their prices during peak travel season, which often coincides with school holidays and long weekends. One of the simplest ways to cut costs is to avoid camping at these times. Campsites in the shoulder season (just before or after peak season) are quieter, and you’ll probably have your pick of the best pitches, too.
Yes, you heard it right! Free camping, also known as wild camping, is when you pitch your tent outside of a traditional campsite. Though it’s a grey area in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, it’s generally permitted if you have the landowner’s permission or if it’s in specific areas of Dartmoor. Conversely, in Scotland, wild camping is legal due to the right-to-roam laws, except in some parts of the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. However, wild camping comes with responsibilities. Always adhere to the Countryside Code or the Scottish Outdoor Access Code, and remember the wild camper’s mantra: leave no trace.
Eating out while camping can quickly drain your wallet. Save money by preparing meals at your campsite. Keep it simple – tinned beans, hot dogs, easy pasta dishes, and of course the traditional camping favourite, marshmallows for toasting. Remember to plan your meals in advance, so you only pack what you’re likely to use.
Travel in groups
Camping with friends or family divides the cost of campsite fees, gas, grocery bills, and shared gear, making this an ideal cost-saving measure. Plus, shared experiences are often much more fun.
Choose your campsite wisely
While the idea of camping at sites with facilities such as playgrounds, swimming pools, and entertainment venues may be tempting, these sites are often more expensive. Instead, consider basic campsites, many of which are located in gorgeous surroundings and come at a fraction of the cost. Many websites offer comprehensive databases of UK-based campsites allowing you to filter options by location, price, and facilities.
Cut down on unnecessary purchases
It’s easy to be enticed by all the camping gadgets available on the market. However, many of them aren’t essential. Start with what you need like a tent, sleeping bag, and basic cooking gear. As you go camping more often, you’ll soon learn what additional items would genuinely enhance your camping experience and which ones might just be marketed well, but are unnecessary.
Preventive care for your gear
This one isn’t a cost-cutting measure per se, but it’s a way to ensure that your camping gear lasts longer, thus saving you money in the long run. Remember to clean all your camping gear before putting it away. Ensure your tent is dry before packing it away to prevent mould and mildew. Take care of your gear, and it will serve you for many camping trips to come.
Camping can be a cost-effective way to travel and explore the UK’s diverse and beautiful landscapes. However, without careful planning, the costs can quickly add up. Equipped with these budget-friendly tips, you’re now ready to embark on your affordable outdoor adventure without sacrificing any of the fun or tranquility that camping brings. So, step outside into nature’s playground and start making amazing memories.