Bargain Hunter: Save on camping trips
AT some stage most of us have dabbled - or at least considered - going camping. With tough times over the past couple of years, there has been a big resurgence in camping according to Murwillumbah's outdoor expert and owner of Outdoorism, Tony Ryder.
"Yes there has been a definite increase in camping sales since the financial crisis a few years back, after all it is a cheap fun way to holiday," Mr Ryder said.
Camping in itself can save you thousands on family holidays, once you have bought the right equipment costs are extremely low.
If you are starting from scratch and want to deck yourself out for a trip, you can get the right advice on gear like tents, sleeping bags, cookers, camp chairs and other gear by talking to an expert like Mr Ryder.
A tent is your first essential purchase, most new items these days are made from varying grades of light Nylon making them easy to handle.
"You can get a decent tent for a family for around $250 if you keep an eye out for specials like we are running at the moment."
Outdoorism has an Oztrail tent called the Lodge Cabin at $249 in their latest catalogue with a savings of 40%. For singles or couples a swag can be a great option, they consist of a mattress and waterproof covering one or two people can roll out and erect in seconds.
Swags start from around just over $100 and go up to nearly $500 for the large dome style swags.
Taking enough supplies with you is essential for a successful trip, things like water can be hard to find and even expensive in the middle of the bush.
"Sunscreen and shoes are often forgotten, you never know where you might end up."
A first aid kit could save your life, but be realistic about where you are going, if an ambulance can get to you the chances are you will not need a professional first aid kit worth $200, rather a $26 kit with the basics will do the trick.
"It all depends on where you are going, if it is a remote area it is worth spending the money on a good kit."
A sleeping bag is probably one of the most important purchases you will make before setting off on a camping trip.
"Warmer than cooler is the key, I always recommend to go five degrees warmer than you expect because it is a long night when you cannot get warm."
- Buy the right sized tent for your needs
- Buy a slightly warmer rated sleeping bag
- Look for camping specials
- Swags can be easy and waterproof
- Spray on repellent is cheapest
- Pack sunscreen, shoes and a first aid kit