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5 BRILLIANT HACKS FOR CAMPING ON A BUDGET

Camping is one of the best ways to appreciate all the natural beauty Australia has to offer. Outdoor trips can do a lot of damage to your wallet, though, as you have to pay for fees and permits at campsites as well as the costs incurred in preparing all your camping gear and equipment. However, this shouldn’t deter you from venturing out into the great outdoors. Here are five brilliant hacks that will allow you to enjoy the camping experience even while on a budget.

SCHEDULE TRIPS WISELY

When scheduling your next camping holiday, consider all the equipment that you already own. Are they suited for a particular season? If your gear is best used in hotter temperatures, you might want to stick to camping in the summer. In this case, if your camping equipment is not suited for cooler temperatures or the rainy season, you will need to purchase additional items to make them adapt to different weather conditions. If you’re on a budget, it’s best to work with what you already have.

FREE CAMPSITES

A big chunk of your budget typically goes into the fees and permits required by most campsites. If you don’t want to incur these charges, you should consider the hundreds — if not thousands — of free campsites all over the country. You can choose from different national parks or bush camps, for example. Sure, these campgrounds won’t likely come with the same amenities as paid sites, such as flushing toilets and showers. However, as long as you do adequate planning and preparation, you can easily find solutions to these problems.

DIY PROJECTS

Instead of spending money on more camping gear and equipment, you can opt for DIY projects that will give you the same results. For example, if you don’t have the budget to invest in foam pads for your sleeping bags, you can use bubble wrap. This will provide the insulation you need and will make you feel like you’re sleeping on an air mattress. You can also have a lighting system just by using water bottles and light sticks as well as create your shower by using a large water jug. You can be as creative as you want in thinking about clever solutions.

PACK LIGHT

The more camping equipment you bring, the more bags and storage space you need. If you only have one backpack, pack light and stick with the essentials for your camping trip. Pack lightweight clothes that have added features such as thermal insulation or weatherproofing. As long as you’re warm and dry. As for non-essential items, you can do without them for the next couple of days. Camping is all about roughing it out, after all.

As for packing ingredients, don’t bring the original, bulky containers. They’ll quickly eat up a lot of space. Instead, apply some space-saving techniques such as transferring spices, seasonings and condiments into small Tic Tac boxes or pill containers. Rather than bringing eggs, which can break and cause a mess, pre-scramble them and place them in a bottle.

ENJOY TIN FOIL MEALS

You don’t need to have a Dutch oven or a portable stove to have delicious camping meals. You can still prepare a variety of dishes with just tin foil and your campfire. Tin foil can be formed to mimic crockery such as bowls, pans and containers. You can cook chicken, beef, pork and fish, as well as potatoes, pasta and French fries. This method of preparing your meals also calls to mind the original essence of camping. You do less prep work, and you don’t have to spend a lot of time cleaning dishes.

Even with basic ingredients, you can be creative with your recipes and techniques.

Your budget shouldn’t dictate the quality of your camping trips. As long as you’re creative and have an open mind, you’ll be able to have the same level of enjoyment as other campers. More so, you’ll have a unique and one-of-a-kind camping experience. These brilliant hacks are just some of the things you can do when you’re camping on a budget.


 

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Kimberly Powell
kimberly.powell@dinga.com.au

Kimberly loves camping, cooking, travelling and animals. She's turned her hand to writing to share her experience.