Outdoor experts who are familiar with camping have come up with a preliminary budget of top camping costs, as consulted by Fox Business. They have shared the expected costs for a family of four camping for a weekend.
Nick Wilkesmann, the head of outdoor education at Haileybury Rendall School in Australia, said the camping fees will “vary wildly depending on where you choose to go, but can range from completely free if you find your own spot to upwards of $60 per night for a family of four.”
One of the biggest factors of camping is the tent, and depending on the children’s age, Wilkesmann recommends a family of four to purchase two, two-person tents than one four-person tent.
“The primary reasons for this are that smaller tents tend to last longer, are easier to carry should you need to walk to your campsite, and mean you don’t have to sleep right next to your kids,” he said.
“For a decent cheap tent, I would recommend the Pacific Pass 2 Person Family Dome Tent for $35 each on Amazon,” he said. “A good option for a sturdier tent that will last many years is the Marmot Tungsten 2-Person Tent for $214 each.”
Sleeping bags may not be necessary since you can take simply take extra sheets or blankets for your bedding. A kids’ Coleman sleeping bag is approximately $22 while adult Coleman Warm Weather Sleeping Bags are around $25 to $35.
Andrea Gentry of Embracing the Wind shared that “budget-friendly Ozark Trail Warm Weather Sleeping Bags are available at Walmart for $9.97.”
What to Prepare
When it comes to food, Rhoda Toynbee of 4T-Adventure said it will depend on what the family likes to eat. “Sandwich ingredients, hot dogs, hamburgers, and s’mores are more affordable than steak, eggs, bacon, grilled chicken and salads,” she said.
Alicia Filley, a physical therapist and founder of The Healthy Hiker, said that everyone should wear some sort of hiking shoes, which cost less than $100. You must also “carry a daypack while hiking as a place to hold the essentials needed for safety and comfort, such as a small first aid kit, snacks or lunch, and rain gear.” Daypacks cost less than $50.
Everyone should also bring their own water bottle.
Camping stoves can be purchased for around $30 to $40, and some headlamps are around $20, said Seth Newton of OutMoreUSA.com.