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Camping is a great way to save money on overnight stays while you are vacationing. Camping coupons and discounts can help you to save even more money.
What is Camping and What is It Like?
Camping is a form of recreation that is popular in the United States and other parts of the world. While some types of camping are
enjoyed by a number of people such as tent camping, backpacking or RV camping. Other types are less well-known such as canoe camping, winter camping, bike camping and car camping.
Camping can be a social event such as with group camping or it can be something a person does on their own. Camping usually entails cooking your own meals. If tent camping or backpacking, this is often done over a fire, charcoal, a butane burner or burner stoves using propane or kerosene. However, if you are at a campground and have electric hookups an electric skillet can work great too. Personally, I love cooking over an open fire the best. I swear the food tastes better too!
Many types of camping require special equipment. RV or recreational vehicle camping requires a special type of trailer or vehicle fitted for the camping experience. Most of these include running water, cooking facilities and bathroom facilities as well as bedding.
Tent camping and backpacking usually involves a tent, bedding and a few cooking items. Tent camping can be done in a campground or backpacking. Backpackers carry their supplies along with them as they hike. We love to tent camp. We stayed in an RV once and found it too claustrophobic. A tent encourages me to be outside which is why I am there in the first place.
While winter camping is done in the winter as opposed to the summer, other types of camping revolve around another activity such as canoing, biking or driving as with car camping.
The mainstream types of camping, tent camping and RV camping, are often done at state and Federal park campgrounds as well as recreation centers and private campgrounds.
Where to Find Coupons and Discounts for Campgrounds?
Camping coupon books are available. One of these is offered by the Connecticut Campground Owners Association. Although there is a charge for the book, it offers camping specials such as FREE nights and weekends at camping sites, FREE meals, boat rentals, firewood and activities as well as discounts on rentals, Rvs and parts.
Most campgrounds offer special camping offers on camping sites throughout the year.
Discounted rates are often offered in the fall and winter season. Some state and federal campgrounds are FREE through the winter.
Many of the Kampgrounds of America offer a buy one/get one FREE night over their official start to the camping season. This is usually the second weekend of May. Other times of the year offer such specials as stay 2 or 3 nights and get 1 FREE.
Many states have FREE campgrounds. These are usually more primative with no running water and little to no amenities. However, there are some that do have a number of amentiites. There are also many campgrounds that are available for as small a fee as $5 a night. Check out Freecampsites. net to see what is available in your state.
Some stores such as Walmart and Home Depot offer overnight parking. These can also be seen on Freecampsites.net.
Where to Find Coupons and Discounts for Camping Supplies, Equipment and Gear?
Coupon websites such as Retailmenot.com, Dealspl.us and Woot.com offers discount coupons and camping deals on supplies.
Camping supplies often go on sale or clearance at sporting goods stores at the end of camping season. Deals and discounts on camping supplies and equipment can often be found then.
Check out the camping supply stores when you are on your trip. I have found some supplies cheaper or on sale at the stores. Some campgrounds with a store have fliers with camping discount coupons.
Large camping stores such as Camping World often have coupons for camping supplies.
Look for camping supplies in retail or drug stores. I have found some things cheaper at Walmart and even drug stores. There is not always a large selection but if they have something you need it can be cheaper.
Look online at Ebay or Craigslist for people who tried camping and didn’t like it or selling their items for some other reason. Second hand is almost always cheaper and offer some great online deals.