Camping may be cheaper option than many other alternatives, but it’s not unusual for regular campers to spend thousands per year on camping trips. However, there are plenty of ways you can drive down camping-related costs.
Here are four ways to save on your next Bryce Canyon camping trip.
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Plan Your Meals
Plan your meals, especially shelf-stable meals that don’t need to be cooked or can be prepared with minimal effort. Whether it is a big box of toaster pastries or canned soups, being able to just sit down and eat a familiar meal could reduce everyone’s stress. It also saves you money since you’re not tempted to eat at a restaurant instead of spending an hour cooking while on vacation. And if you’re going to go to a restaurant, try to avoid roadside ones since they’re usually more expensive.
Plan your meals several days in advance and gather all the essentials at a grocery store during one trip. Each trip to the grocery store takes up time and increases the odds you’ll waste money on little extras.
Pick a Campground Closeby
One way to save money is to go for a camping ground close to most of the trails and attractions. Bryce Canyon Campgrounds like Ruby’s Inn are less than a mile from the canyon and have everything you need. It’s one of the best campgrounds in the area, whether you’re staying in a tent, RV or trailer. And you won’t have to go back and forth to town to find essentials since they have a shop on site where you can buy groceries and all sorts of supplies.
Borrow or Rent Your Gear
Don’t buy an RV on the hope you’ll use it again. Rent one, or better yet, borrow one. You can also rent camping gear like tents and pontoon boats too. Renting items will not only save you money but will also save you from the hassle of having to find storage space during the off season.
You’ll also be able to try out gear first to find out what you like. Renting various backpacks, tents and stoves allows you to try out gear and eventually buy what suits you, if you actually use it often enough. Then you could buy lightly used gear from the rental place or from another store.
Plan Affordable Activities
Plan affordable or free activities to stretch your budget. Hike over renting ATVs. Go swimming in the lake instead of renting a boat. Research the free activities campgrounds may have like playgrounds or cultural events. Take your bikes instead of paying to go horseback riding. Or you could try fun activities like fishing that will take up the whole day without costing you a dime.
While camping is an affordable vacation compared to many alternatives, there are always ways to save money. Make sure that you follow the few tips in this article if you want to get the best out of your next Bryce Canyon camping trip without breaking the bank.