Ouch cost of living is going through the roof, and that budget is tightening up, but you still need to enjoy life. So we put together our top five tips for budget camping to help you save money and still having fun when travelling.
Camping can be a fun and affordable way to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and connect with nature. Camp at free or low-cost sites that offer basic facilities like toilets, showers, and picnic tables. These campsites are often located in national parks or near scenic areas.
Do some research and find campsites that fit your budget and preferred location. Online resources can help you plan; Wikicamps is a great place to start.
Finally, only camp in those areas where signage indicates that it is legal to camp overnight. Cause if you get a fine, it kind of defeats the purpose.
It seems counter-intuitive sometimes to invest in things you might need, but regular maintenance can help prevent costly repairs down the road. And having if you like to 4WD, having a level of insurance and recovery assistance that helps if it all goes pear-shaped can be a trip saver. Club 4×4 and Shannons are the most recognised amongst Aussie 4WDers; we recommend asking your mates, fellow off-roaders, or family for recommendations.
It pays to travel off-season where possible to save money on camping or van fees, fuel, and other expenses. Avoiding school holidays and peak tourist seasons can also offer you the benefit of less crowded campsites and caravan parks. If you don’t have kids in school, you can check out this handy list from Tourism Australia.
Invest in the future
Invest in quality gear. We know how tempting it can be to go for the cheapest equipment available when you are budget camping. But if you love camping, off-roading, or caravanning and know you will do it again (and again and again), investing in quality equipment can save you money in the long run. Durable and reliable gear will last longer and require fewer replacements. Look for sales and discounts on reputable brands, and consider buying used equipment from online marketplaces.
Our Floor Liners came with a lifetime warranty, so that’s a win.
Phone a friend
Your friends can be the best resource when it comes to budget travelling. From the best hint and tips on where to go, what to take, gear recommendations, and even borrowing equipment. Plus, travelling with a group means you can split costs. It’s also a great way to share experiences and create lasting memories with friends and family.
Are you looking for places to head off-road this winter? See where our team like to go when the frost starts setting in here.