The art of camping. In many ways the simple act of pitching a tent and sleeping under the stars has become a timeless activity and an integral part of American culture. This taste of Americana, has been tempered a bit in recent years by the economic struggles of the common family, and sadly has been exorcised by many as a cost-cutting move. For some, the thought of opening the wallet for supplies, food, transportation costs and camping fees have become a luxury that is not sustainable in this day and age. What many don’t realize is that with proper planning and execution, camping can be transformed into the ultimate family adventure full of fun and free of excess expenditure.
Get in touch with your primitive side
Our ancestors had another word for camping: Living. Before the advent of Mountain Hardwear Space Station Tents, Patagonia Capilene layering garments with Arcteryx outerwear and SnowPeak titanium stoves and cookware, we relied solely upon on basic survival instincts to get by.
Now, more than likely you won’t need to go to extreme measures to tap your inner caveman. Start with a way to bypass the cumbersome fees that campgrounds charge nightly just to use their land. Instead of forking over the $25 minimum fee, check with your local state forest for public land that can be reserved for cost-free reservations known as “primitive camping”. Many campsites within these designated areas are strategically situated near a source of water, and come with much of the luxuries found on rented land such as fire pits, outhouses, and tenting space.
Avoid Buying Unnecessary and Expensive Camping Equipment
Much like any other family activity, equipment costs can accumulate at a substantial pace that can leave you feeling unequipped and unprepared. The fact remains, that many affordable options exist within the realm of the outdoor industry that will maximize your camping experience. For one, never buy new equipment. With
multi-person tents ranging from $100-500 dollars, the shelter vital to your family’s comfort and safety will be a significant expense. While there may be no true way to avoid this one simple fact, there are ways to ease the burden on your bank account. One idea is to check discount camping websites such Sierra Trading Post and Guide Gear for all your camping needs.
Stay Hydrated and Healthy
Perhaps the most challenging portion of any outdoor getaway, is insuring that you and your family consume the recommended amount of food and water while away from civilization. Although hunting and gathering cannot be advised, avoiding the pratfalls of expensive freeze-dried meals can be. Instead, opt for such camping delicacies such as hot dogs, hamburgers, sandwiches and various items that can be eaten with your hands to
conserve water. Using an open flame, most easy meals will be able to cooked without much effort or expense.
If it’s not practical for you to splurge on a portable stove, make use of the fire pit by heating pre-made foil dinners over the coals and enjoying a hot meal of your own device.
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