When the idea of going on a camping trip between my roommate and fiance’s birthdays began circulating, my heart raced a bit. I was excited about the aspect of a group camping trip but financially, the trip seemed impossible. From tools and food to proper shelter and supplies, camping can quickly burn a hole in one’s pocket. My wife-to-be had her heart set on the trip. Luckily, she decided to marry one of the thriftiest men on Earth!
I’ve never put any thought into owning a tent. Having only been camping a handful of times in my life, the idea of purchasing my own tent had never popped into my head. I decided to get in contact with my friends via Facebook in order to see if any friends would be so kind as to lend us theirs. My fiance’s best friend allowed us to borrow a 4 person sleeper for our journey. Luckily, tents are fairly cheap for those of you who aren’t as lucky. Your local department store should carry small tents in prices ranging from fifty to one-hundred dollars. We also do not own sleeping bags. We simply packed the car with a few blankets and a pillow for each of us.
Sleep is vitally important but nourishment is also essential. The obvious choices for campers are hot dogs and s’mores. These treats can be cooked over the open fire and are rather cheap. Aside from the weenies and marshmallows, we went to our local Food Lion and purchased a few cans of their brand of ravioli, spaghetti rings and tuna. These could easily be heated over the fire or eaten straight from the can. My fiance’ loves soda more than any normal human being. I got her a 2 liter of Coca-Cola and decided water would be best for me.
On my last camping adventure, I’d traveled with my best friend and her family to a local site called Trails End. The campground offers sites with fresh water and electrical hook-ups. Though, these are not needed, it is often nice for a writer on the go to be able to charge his laptop. The site only charges thirty dollars per night for these spots. The site is just minutes away from the North Carolina Zoo and is positively lovely. We decided this would be the location of our camping trip.
As I sit at my beautiful campsite writing this article, I can relax happily knowing we spent just under eighty dollars for our entire weekend. Our entire journey cost us less than a night in a hotel. Everyone should enjoy a camping trip at least once in their lives. Luckily, it doesn’t have to cost much and can be fun for the entire family for less than one-hundred dollars.