Plan a Summer Camping Trip!

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With back-to-school on the brain, the end of summer is now in sight. But wait! Before you gear up for fall, take advantage of gorgeous weather and free time to plan the perfect camping trip.

Round up your buddies for a rambunctious weekend in the wilderness. Hiking, swimming, rock climbing, and ghost stories make for a healthy change of pace leaving you and your pals refreshed and reenergized.

Plan a cozy weekend getaway for two with your significant other, and lots of campfire cuddling. This is an awesome, unique date idea you will both love.

Spend some quality time with your family. A summer camping trip is the perfect time for family members to reconnect and have fun together before school begins and schedules become jam-packed.

Whoever you’re with, being prepared with the right camping equipment can make or break your experience. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or nature newbie, we’ll give you a run down of a few basics. Capitalize on these last few weekends and enjoy the great outdoors in all of their summery glory!

Your tent should serve a few functions: keep out insects, shelter you from the elements, and provide some privacy from adjoining campsites. When choosing your tent, size matters. The manufacturers’ occupancy rating is usually generous so be wary––a three-person tent usually holds two comfortably.

Sleeping Bags and Pads
Camping in the summer cuts your sleeping bag cost considerably since you don’t need sub-zero ratings. Don’t skimp on the pad or mattress, however. While the sleeping bag keeps you warm, this will keep you comfy. Air mattresses give you the most support and keep your body off the ground. Foam pads are a good choice if you’re saving space or want to “rough it” a bit more.

Camping Chairs
Many campsites will have picnic tables which are great for meals, but you may want to bring along a couple of foldable camping chairs to lounge in, or pull up next to the fire. These are affordable, portable, comfortable, and can be used on many other occasions.

Camping Stoves
A charcoal grill or fire pit will be available at most campsites, but camp stoves are a good investment if you have several hungry mouths to feed. They are efficient and convenient, and leave you more time to get active and explore. Make sure to pack your food in a cooler, and bring some cooking utensils from home.

Get a good fire going at dusk for lighting, but pack plenty of flashlights! Warm clothes, closed-toed shoes, and bug spray are also critical items. Depending on what activities you plan to do during your camping trip, you may need a pair of hiking boots, or some rock climbing equipment as well. Planning ahead and being well prepared will ensure a great experience.

Check out your local stores to gear up for the adventures. Moosejaw, an online discount retailer, specializes in outdoor recreation apparel and outdoor kits. Good prices can also be had at Land’s End, especially if you use Land’s End coupons for extra savings. And if you can’t make it out before the end of summer, remember to take advantage of Black Friday deals at sporting goods stores so when spring rolls around, you’ll be more than ready. Good luck with your new adventures!

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19 thoughts on “Plan a Summer Camping Trip!

  1. Jen @ Master the Art of Saving

    I LOVE camping. 🙂 We got one of those inflatable mattresses after my back surgery and it’s much cozier than just sleeping bags.

    We still need to figure out something to do with our zippers on the tent though. The 3 zippers at the front meet at the bottom and little mice sneak in there. I’m not okay with mice in the tent at all. They’re cute outside running around the woods, but once they get in the tent, I’m packing up to go home. 🙂

    1. femmefrugality

      Oooo! I’m not okay with mice in the tent, either! Wish I had a good solution for you other than buy a tent with a different zipper situation?

      We have an inflatable mattress, too. At first I was skeptical…like it wouldn’t count as camping or something. Now I recognize it’s actually just the best thing ever.

    2. Modest Money

      At the very least bring some duct tape to seal the zippers before going to bed. Not the smartest design to have a gap close to the ground.

      I’ve totally been itching to go camping, but I’m probably going to have to wait until next year. I’m just too busy with work these days.

  2. AverageJoe

    “Don’t skimp on the pad or mattress.”

    We took our camping gear out of the basement for a trip to Canada overnight this summer. No mattress or pad at all meant sleeping on the ground AND falling in love with Tylenol the next day. Great advice.

  3. Miss Caitlin S.

    If I hadn’t already done this a lot this summer- I would definitely head on out. But I have and it’s just as great as you describe! Love your simple tips here because that’s really what camping needs to be about: simplicity.

  4. Tiffany @ DontWastetheCrumbs

    Can I second the air mattress? We went camping last weekend and while the thin foam helped, we parents woke up with sore backs. You don’t think you’re boney until there’s nothing between you and the ground! Plus there’s mama hips to deal with!

  5. Miss T @ Prairie Eco-Thrifter

    Great post. I think you captured almost everything. We are big campers. I love being outside and at one with nature. The fires and the hikes are my favourite. I would also recommend simple dishes that you can cook over the fire. They always taste really good and less prep is nice.

  6. Abbi

    Our family loves camping. This year so far my husband and I did a camping trip canoeing down a portion of the Mississippi and then we camped at a family reunion, and went as a family to the Boundary Waters (MN and Canada Boundary)and then we are planning a Biking/camping trip and another camping trip at a church Retreat.


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