camping http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/12321/all en-US 5 Affordable Vacations to Please Every Age Group http://www.wisebread.com/5-affordable-vacations-to-please-every-age-group <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-affordable-vacations-to-please-every-age-group" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/black_family_camping_514317988.jpg" alt="Family on affordable vacation" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Vacations offer a break from the daily grind while giving us time and space to connect with the people we love. Sometimes that means kids, grandparents, and everyone in between. A trip that includes family members or friends of all ages can be a great bonding experience. But you'll need to keep a few things in mind when planning where to go and what to do.</p> <p>For starters, vacationing with any type of group (friends, family, or work colleagues) can present budgeting challenges. While one person's budget may be nearly unlimited, another's might be fairly tight. When you start perusing lodging, dining, and activity options, you'll need to keep everyone's budgets in mind.</p> <p>With large age differences in your group, chances are also good that not everyone will always agree on activities. Grandma might love spending her days lazing on the beach, while the younger ones might yearn for sports. Some types of travel make it easier to satisfy everyone's desires. Before you pick your next destination for a multigenerational getaway, consider some of these easy, affordable options. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-money-on-travel-with-an-awesome-group-vacation?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Save Money on Travel With an Awesome Group Vacation</a>)</p> <h2>1. Cruises</h2> <p>Cruises offer a somewhat affordable way to fashion a group trip with everyone's tastes in mind. You can opt for a cruise to the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, or Alaska, just to name a few destinations. The best part is, the majority of cruises offer onboard entertainment to please everyone, including nightly shows, bingo and casinos, and pools with waterslides. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-credit-cards-for-cruises?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Best Credit Cards for Cruises</a>)</p> <p>Accommodating different sized pocketbooks is simplified, too, because everyone gets (mostly) the same thing for a single all-inclusive price. Since food and nonalcoholic beverages are included onboard, you won't have to worry about different budget constraints. And if someone wants to spend on pricey excursions, they can do so without getting everyone else involved.</p> <p>It's also worth noting that some cruise lines offer family cabins that make bringing extra people along a breeze. With MSC Cruises, for example, you can book a &quot;super family&quot; suite that sleeps up to six. Even better, kids ages 11 and under cruise for free on many itineraries, including most in the Caribbean. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-most-affordable-cruise-lines-for-families?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Most Affordable Cruise Lines for Families</a>)</p> <h2>2. All-inclusive resorts</h2> <p>All-inclusive resorts offer yet another one-stop-shop for families who want to vacation together without haggling over bills. With an all-inclusive resort, all of your food, drinks (including alcohol), and entertainment are included for a single price. That means everyone in your party can drink and dine to their heart's content without worrying about their budget. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/family-friendly-hotel-and-resort-chains-where-kids-stay-free?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Family-Friendly Hotel and Resort Chains Where Kids Stay Free</a>)</p> <p>Keep in mind, however, that all-inclusive pricing runs the gamut from budget to luxury. You'll need to gauge everyone's spending limit before you pick a resort, or you risk not everyone being able to afford it. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-get-the-most-value-from-your-all-inclusive-vacation?ref=seealso" target="_blank">11 Ways to Get the Most Value From Your All-Inclusive Vacation</a>)</p> <p>It's also worth noting that some all-inclusive resorts are better for large groups since they go beyond the basic dual occupancy room and offer lodging such as multiroom villas or adjoining rooms. Generations Riviera Maya, for example, offers deluxe two-bedroom and three-bedroom suites big enough to hold six adults and six kids.</p> <h2>3. Rent a large apartment or condo</h2> <p>Vacation property rentals aren't just for parents who don't want to room with their kids. They also work well for larger groups and multigenerational families who need some extra space. With <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-vacation-rental-alternatives-to-airbnb?ref=internal" target="_blank">short-term rental sites</a> like Airbnb, VRBO, and HomeAway, you can rent a condo or a home of nearly any size and in any destination around the globe, and often for less than you'd pay for a hotel.</p> <p>Let's say you're taking your spouse, your two children, and your parents to Disney World in Orlando for a week. You could book separate hotel rooms for $100+ per night each, or you could pay about that amount for a multi-bedroom private home. For example, you can find plenty of three-bedroom condos near Disney World for as little as $99 per night through VRBO.</p> <p>With your own kitchen, you can also save a bundle by preparing your own meals at &quot;home.&quot;</p> <h2>4. Train travel</h2> <p>Who said train travel was dead? These days, you can book all kinds of family trips around the country through Amtrak.</p> <p>While train travel might sound stuffy and uncomfortable, a renewed interest in this form of travel has brought about new amenities and perks for families. For starters, most overnight trains feature dining cars that serve three meals per day. You can also reserve rooms that sleep up to four.</p> <p>There are a ton of options available to suit nearly any travel style or goal. For example, Amtrak offers vacation packages for destinations like the Grand Canyon, Glacier National Park, and Niagara Falls, as well as popular cities such as New York and San Francisco.</p> <p>Prices are fairly affordable, too. For example, you can book a six-day Grand Canyon getaway with round-trip train travel from Chicago, three nights in a hotel, two meals, and a train tour of the canyon starting at $1,009 per person. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-affordable-family-getaways-when-you-dont-have-a-vacation-fund?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Affordable Family Getaways When You Don't Have a Vacation Fund</a>)</p> <h2>5. Family campgrounds</h2> <p>Another no-nonsense family vacation concept is one that's been around forever: camping. Depending on where you live, it may be possible to find a campground that accommodates your family group, either separately in tents or in cabins or campers. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-easiest-ways-to-save-on-your-next-rv-camping-trip?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Easy Ways to Save on Your Next RV Camping Trip</a>)</p> <p>The best part about camping in groups is that you can all prepare your own separate tents and sleeping arrangements, then gather together for games or meals. If you need some extra space, you can even book your own camping spot away from the group.</p> <p>Meal prep is also easy when you're traveling with a group. Different people can prepare their own meals to bring along, or you can pitch in for group meals by having everyone bring a dish or two to share. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/camping-for-a-week-is-only-160-at-these-national-parks?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Camping for a Week Is Only $160 at These National Parks</a>)</p> <p>While camping is inherently frugal, the price you'll pay to secure your spot can vary dramatically across the country. Before you choose a campground for a group trip, make sure to shop around for rates and compare amenities and &quot;extras&quot; like pools and water parks. Some camping spots are chock full of activities like mini-golf, swimming, fishing, and water sports, but others focus on maintaining their connection to nature. The best campground for your family trip is one that's tranquil enough for nature-lovers but busy enough to keep everyone happy.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holly-johnson">Holly Johnson</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-affordable-vacations-to-please-every-age-group">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/24-train-hacks-from-an-amtrak-veteran">24 Train Hacks From an Amtrak Veteran</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-affordable-alternatives-to-pet-boarding">5 Affordable Alternatives to Pet Boarding</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/watch-out-for-these-10-red-flags-with-vacation-rentals">Watch Out for These 10 Red Flags With Vacation Rentals</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-do-about-a-terrible-airbnb-stay">What to Do About a Terrible Airbnb Stay</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/alternatives-to-flying-other-ways-to-get-from-here-to-there">Alternatives to Flying: Other Ways to Get From Here to There</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Family Travel affordable vacations AirBnb camping cruises family vacations hotel and resort train travel vacation ideas Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:30:11 +0000 Holly Johnson 2017522 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Places to Try the Airstream Lifestyle Before You Buy One http://www.wisebread.com/10-places-to-try-the-airstream-lifestyle-before-you-buy-one <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-places-to-try-the-airstream-lifestyle-before-you-buy-one" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/airstream_trailer_in_mojave_desert_at_sunset.jpg" alt="Airstream Trailer in Mojave Desert at Sunset" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Airstream trailers are enjoying an Instagram-era resurgence. Their shiny, curvy exteriors and tiny-home interiors are just so dreamy that more and more of us are indulging in Airstream getaways. But the cold-as-aluminum reality is that a new Airstream trailer can cost upwards of $100,000, which is not an amount most of us would lay down without knowing for sure whether sleeping in a bunk beneath a riveted ceiling would make us claustrophobic or euphoric.</p> <p>Fortunately, a growing number of Airstream parks, motels, and Airbnb rentals are allowing stream-dreamers to try before they buy. Most of these accommodations are more glamping than roughing it, so don't be surprised if prices are comparable to hotels. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-save-on-your-next-glamping-trip?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Ways to Save on Your Next Glamping Trip</a>)</p> <h2>1. Kate's Lazy Desert Airstream Motel in Landers, California</h2> <p>Set in the ethereal Mojave High Desert outside Joshua Tree National Park, this motel features <a href="https://www.lazymeadow.com/" target="_blank">six vintage Airstream trailers</a> decorated by artists in themes such as Hot Lava (you feel like you're inside a lava lamp) and Tiki. But the real draw is that the park is influenced by the wacky style of the owner, Kate Pierson, of the B-52s. Bang, bang on the door, baby!</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $175 to $200 per night.</p> <h2>2. The Shady Dell Vintage Trailer Court in Bisbee, Arizona</h2> <p>Operating since 1927, this <a href="http://theshadydell.com/" target="_blank">resort along Highway 80</a> celebrates the retro kitsch of the Airstream lifestyle. Ten lovingly restored vintage trailers, including a 1955 Airstream, pair period decorations with modern comforts.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $85 to $95 per night.</p> <h2>3. Shooting Star RV Resort in Escalante, Utah</h2> <p>Imagine that you're hanging in John Wayne's trailer on set of John Ford's <em>The Searchers</em>. Well, you won't have to stretch your imagination far if you stay in <a href="http://www.shootingstar-rvresort.com/the-duke.html" target="_blank">The Duke</a>, just one of eight Hollywood-themed Airstreams at this glamping oasis in the wilderness.</p> <p>As if the trailers weren't enough of a Hollywood escape, after sunset you can watch a movie outside, <a href="http://www.shootingstar-rvresort.com/amenities.html" target="_blank">sitting in a classic car</a> just like a drive-in of yore.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $129 to $149 a night.</p> <h2>4. The Metro Hotel in Petaluma, California</h2> <p>This wine country <a href="http://www.metrolodging.com/" target="_blank">boutique hotel</a> features two Airstream trailers with brightly colored bedding and sleek modern interiors. One trailer is a 22-foot Bambi model; the other is a limited-edition 28-footer with a full kitchen and luxe bathroom. All guests get pastries and coffee in the morning, and The Metro offers a cafe and bike rentals for pedaling into historic downtown Petaluma.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $149 to $235 a night.</p> <h2>5. The Starlux Boutique Hotel in Wildwood, New Jersey</h2> <p>Set on the Jersey Shore, this hotel has <a href="http://hotels.moreyspiers.com/starlux" target="_blank">two doo-wop-inspired trailers</a> for you to stay in swanky style, each with a double bed, a day bed, private bathroom, kitchenette, and lava lamp. You also have access to the hotel pool, and the beach and boardwalk are steps away.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $81 to $211 a night.</p> <h2>6. Bar Harbor/Oceanside KOA in Maine</h2> <p>Sleep in a <a href="https://koa.com/campgrounds/bar-harbor-oceanside/site-type/cabin-accommodations/" target="_blank">modern 26-foot Airstream</a> equipped with a queen bed, a full bath with shower, and a Keurig coffee maker. This campground is on the same island as Acadia National Park. And a 10-minute drive gets you to the gorgeous coastline and freshwater lakes in the area.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $185 a night.</p> <h2>7. Caravan Outpost in Ojai, California</h2> <p>In the heart of the bohemian and artsy town of Ojai, <a href="http://caravanoutpost.com/" target="_blank">Caravan Outpost</a> consists of 11 &quot;curated&quot; Airstream trailers set in an urban garden. Outdoor movie nights and pop-up eateries add to the fun. Each trailer comes with complimentary bikes to explore the Ojai path.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $147 to $309 a night.</p> <h2>8. Wine Country Retreat in Temecula, California</h2> <p>Set in the heart of the Temecula wine country, <a href="https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/10070014" target="_blank">this Airbnb rental</a> features a pool, an on-site vineyard, and 40 wineries within minutes. You can also watch hot air balloons float from the deck.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $119 a night and up.</p> <h2>9. Malibu Dream Airstream in Malibu, California</h2> <p>Five hundred dollars might seem like a lot to sleep in a trailer, but how gorgeous is <a href="https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/3406062" target="_blank">this Airstream</a> perched on a bluff above a Malibu beach? Gorgeous enough that Vogue chose it as the backdrop for a photo shoot of bffs Taylor Swift and Karlie Kloss. And the entire ocean-facing side opens up for an endlessly gorgeous view.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $500 per night and up.</p> <h2>10. Airstream2go, various locations</h2> <p>But what if stationary wasn't the way you envisioned your Airstream adventure? After all, these babies were made to roll. This company will rent you one of their <a href="http://www.airstream2go.com/fleet/airstream-28-international" target="_blank">28-foot International Signature Series Airstreams</a>, laid out to sleep up to six, and a Chevy Tahoe to tow it with. They'll even plan an itinerary and program your GPS for you. Sample trips include driving through the Berkshires, exploring Coastal Maine, or rambling through the Southwest. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-of-the-craziest-coolest-airbnb-listings?ref=seealso" target="_blank">9 of the Craziest, Coolest Airbnb Listings</a>)</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: Starts at $2,300 for three days and tops out at $17,500 for two weeks during peak season. Prices include the SUV to tow.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F10-places-to-try-the-airstream-lifestyle-before-you-buy-one&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F10%2520Places%2520to%2520Try%2520the%2520Airstream%2520Lifestyle%2520Before%2520You%2520Buy%2520One_0.jpg&amp;description=10%20Places%20to%20Try%20the%20Airstream%20Lifestyle%20Before%20You%20Buy%20One"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/10%20Places%20to%20Try%20the%20Airstream%20Lifestyle%20Before%20You%20Buy%20One_0.jpg" alt="10 Places to Try the Airstream Lifestyle Before You Buy One" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-places-to-try-the-airstream-lifestyle-before-you-buy-one">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taking-frugal-road-trips-even-when-gas-prices-are-high">Taking Frugal Road Trips (Even When Gas Prices Are High)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/avoid-these-6-common-mistakes-when-moving-across-the-country">Avoid These 6 Common Mistakes When Moving Across the Country</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cooking-for-beginners-10-recipes-for-kitchen-newbies">Cooking for Beginners: 10 Recipes for Kitchen Newbies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-you-can-do-in-denver-that-you-cant-do-anywhere-else">8 Things You Can Do in Denver That You Can&#039;t Do Anywhere Else</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mcmansion-to-mccottage-why-smaller-houses-are-smarter">McMansion to McCottage: Why Smaller Houses Are Smarter</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Lifestyle airstream airstream life camping road trip rv tiny house trailer travel Thu, 07 Sep 2017 08:31:04 +0000 Carrie Kirby 2016673 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Turn Your Backyard Into a Moneymaker http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-turn-your-backyard-into-a-moneymaker <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-turn-your-backyard-into-a-moneymaker" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/in_gardening_business.jpg" alt="In gardening business" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Having a backyard costs money. Not only do you pay to own that space, but you also have to shell out for upkeep and maintenance. Regardless, your little plot of land could actually be the answer to your financial woes. Don't just spend money on your yard &mdash; make some money with it. Here are several clever ways to monetize your outdoor space.</p> <h2>Build a tiny rental house</h2> <p>Due to the housing crunch in major metropolitan areas, cities around the United States are relaxing zoning codes or creating new housing laws to deal with the shortage of rental properties. In Los Angeles, it is now legal to turn your garage into an apartment or build a &quot;granny flat&quot; in your backyard. Given that the average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Los Angeles in July 2017 was $2,209, according to Rent Jungle, converting an existing outdoor building into a living space, or even building one from scratch, is a real estate investment worth consideration.</p> <h2>Turn your property into a private campground</h2> <p>Do you live within walking distance of a convention center, major hospital, or historic center? My friend MaryAnn has been renting out tricked-out vintage trailers in her backyard since before online rentals were even a thing. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-ways-to-make-good-money-from-airbnb?Ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Easy Ways to Make Good Money From Airbnb</a>)</p> <p>But even if you don't have a prefab shelter, don't let that stop you. If you live close to a natural wonder, a killer surf break, or a unique trailhead, you can rent out your backyard as a private campground to backpackers and glampers via <a href="https://www.hipcamp.com" target="_blank">Hip Camp</a>.</p> <h2>Sell your surplus backyard produce</h2> <p>I have a gigantic Mission fig tree in my backyard. Although I personally hate figs, I love this tree. Every year, I make several hundred dollars selling ripe figs and my award-winning fig jam to my neighbors, from the comfort of my front porch. People will pay a premium for organic, seasonal produce, especially rare varieties that are hard to find in stores.</p> <h2>Sell your trees</h2> <p>My neighbor just chopped down the 70-year-old Canary Island date palm tree in his front yard because he was tired of cleaning up palm fronds. Alas, he could have saved himself the hard work and made hundreds of dollars <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/money-in-your-yard-how-to-sell-palm-trees-for-cash" target="_blank">selling this tree</a> to a commercial landscaper. Before you chop mature trees, check with your local arborist about your tree's potential resale value.</p> <h2>Raise bees or rent your yard to a beekeeper</h2> <p>As a backyard beekeeper, I am on track to make about $4,000 this year selling honey to my urban neighbors and selling bees to local farmers. And, because Los Angeles limits me to keeping just two hives on my property, I am always on the hunt for people willing to keep two hives on their property in exchange for a percentage of the honey harvest.</p> <h2>Keep city chickens</h2> <p>In an effort to keep food waste out of the landfill, the city of Austin, Texas is offering a <a href="http://www.kvue.com/news/local/city-giving-free-classes-cash-to-austinites-who-plan-on-keeping-chickens/431009868?fb_comment_id=1097551370349084_1097597210344500#f31b6d9f013fb8c" target="_blank">$75 rebate</a> to Austinites who keep backyard chickens.</p> <p>Beyond the green street cred you will gain from chicken-based recycling, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-raise-backyard-chickens" target="_blank">raising your own chickens</a> comes with a host of benefits. The chickens can eat your food scraps and create healthy soil, all while giving you free eggs. That said, be sure to do the math before investing in a backyard chicken empire. In urban areas like Los Angeles, where fresh, organic chickens sell for $20 and no one blinks an eye at paying $1 per backyard egg, it's easier to make money raising chickens than in some other places. Check your local poultry economy to accurately assess your return on investment.</p> <h2>Grow vegetable seedlings</h2> <p>Lora, my gardener, discovered that she could make more profit growing and selling heirloom vegetable seedlings (with less effort) than she could by growing landscaping plants. Heirloom vegetable seeds cost a few bucks per package, but she sells seedlings for $1 each at her the local farmers market a &mdash; 1,400 percent markup!</p> <h2>Sell your garden space or expertise</h2> <p>Most community gardens are on the lottery system. Only a fraction of the people who want to grow their own food have access to arable land. If you have space to spare in your backyard, try renting out your land to local greenthumbs.</p> <p>If you're creative with your own garden and landscaping, you might be able to market that expertise. My friend Judy accidentally launched her career as a garden designer after fixing up her own backyard.</p> <h2>Offer your yard as a wedding and party venue</h2> <p>Is your garden or farmland picturesque? Rustic weddings are all the rage these days. Connect with local wedding and event planners in your area to find out how much you can make renting out your pristine lawn or barn.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-to-turn-your-backyard-into-a-moneymaker&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%2520to%2520Turn%2520Your%2520Backyard%2520Into%2520a%2520Moneymaker.jpg&amp;description=How%20to%20Turn%20Your%20Backyard%20Into%20a%20Moneymaker"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%20to%20Turn%20Your%20Backyard%20Into%20a%20Moneymaker.jpg" alt="How to Turn Your Backyard Into a Moneymaker" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/max-wong">Max Wong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-turn-your-backyard-into-a-moneymaker">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-decorative-plants-you-can-eat-too">6 Decorative Plants You Can Eat, Too</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-make-money-outside-your-day-job">15 Ways to Make Money Outside Your Day Job</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-best-objects-to-pawn">The 7 Best Objects to Pawn</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-make-passive-income-online">5 Ways to Make Passive Income Online</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-make-amazon-pay-you">7 Ways to Make Amazon Pay YOU!</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income backyard beekeeper camping chickens DIY gardening home and garden plants renting selling vegetables Mon, 28 Aug 2017 08:30:15 +0000 Max Wong 2010037 at http://www.wisebread.com 13 Ways to Get Free Travel Accommodations http://www.wisebread.com/13-ways-to-get-free-travel-accommodations <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/13-ways-to-get-free-travel-accommodations" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_camping.jpg" alt="Couple camping" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Accommodations make up the biggest part of most travel budgets. Even if you opt to stay in the cheapest of places, it can still be a real drain on your finances. But with a little effort and an open mind, it's easy to get free accommodations all over the world when you travel. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-that-anyone-can-travel-for-free?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Ways That Anyone Can Travel for Free</a>)</p> <h2>1. Work in a hostel</h2> <p>Most hostels employ a mixture of permanent, long-term staff and temporary, short-term volunteers on a work-to-stay arrangement. These volunteers usually do a variety of work, ranging from reception duties and cleaning, to bartending and decorating. Often, you'll be required to work for just three or four hours a day so you still get plenty of time to explore. Just make sure you agree to the terms before you start. In exchange for your labor, you'll get a bed and often some food and drinks.</p> <h2>2. Housesit</h2> <p>Opportunities to housesit are available all over the world, usually for people who want someone to look after their pets while they are on vacation. The arrangement means that you get to stay in a whole house or apartment and enjoy the home comforts that come with it. Many websites, including <a href="https://www.mindmyhouse.com/" target="_blank">Mind My House</a> and <a href="https://www.trustedhousesitters.com/us/" target="_blank">Trusted Housesitters</a>, act as agents between the homeowners and potential sitters. Sometimes you have to pay a small fee to join. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tips-for-landing-the-perfect-house-sitting-gig?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Tips for Landing the Perfect House-Sitting Gig</a>)</p> <h2>3. Work exchanges</h2> <p>In return for free accommodations, travelers can offer their time and expertise to work within a small organization or even a family home. This may include farming duties, building or repairing properties, teaching English, or baby-sitting. The opportunities are wide ranging and vary in duration as well. One thing to keep in mind is that you will usually be working four to six hours a day, sometimes six days a week. If you're doing manual labor you may be too tired to sightsee in your downtime, so you may want to plan for doing that before or after your work exchange. You can find work exchange opportunities on websites such as <a href="https://www.workaway.info/" target="_blank">Workaway</a> and <a href="http://www.helpx.net/" target="_blank">HelpX</a>. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-work-exchange-way-to-see-the-world?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The Work Exchange Way to See the World</a>)</p> <h2>4. Couchsurf</h2> <p><a href="https://www.couchsurfing.com/" target="_blank">Couchsurfing</a> is an online network that enables generous hosts to offer their spare beds or couches to travelers looking for somewhere to bed down for the night. It's absolutely free, and hosts are usually extremely sociable people looking to meet new friends and introduce them to their local area, with many being travelers themselves. This is better for short stays of a few days or less.</p> <h2>5. House swap</h2> <p>This is a really simple premise that involves swapping houses with someone who lives in a location that you want to visit. Sites such as <a href="https://www.homeexchange.com/en/" target="_blank">Home Exchange</a> allow you to search for situations worldwide. It's the perfect way to get free accommodations while ensuring that your home is looked after while you're away. Obviously it requires you to have a property in the first place, and as such, it is particularly good for families who own their houses and want a home to vacation in. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/home-exchanges-free-accommodations-with-perks?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Home Exchanges: Free Accommodations With Perks</a>)</p> <h2>6. Volunteer</h2> <p>Lots of charitable organizations offer free room and board in exchange for your services in helping with their activities. Opportunities range from teaching English to helping build schools in places that need them. These will often be longer-term, full-time placements where you'll be lodging with other volunteers or with local families. To get started, check out <a href="http://www.freevolunteering.net/" target="_blank">Free Volunteering</a>. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/volunteer-to-travel-11-opportunities-for-free-or-very-cheap-travel?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Volunteer to Travel: 11 Opportunities for Free or Very Cheap Travel</a>)</p> <h2>7. Camp</h2> <p>There are lots of countries where it's absolutely legal to wild camp on public land, meaning you can stay virtually anywhere you want for no cost. Clearly you need to have camping equipment such as a tent and sleeping bag, but once you've got them, the world is your oyster. Always ensure that camping is allowed in the location you select to pitch up, and leave the site as you found it when you arrived.</p> <h2>8. Write a travel blog</h2> <p>One of the perks of <a href="https://www.goatsontheroad.com/how-to-start-a-travel-blog-bluehost/" target="_blank">starting a travel blog</a> is that with a reasonable following, companies will want to work with you in exchange for access to your audience. Many accommodation providers, hotels, and hostels are willing to provide free stays in their properties in exchange for reviews or &quot;shout outs&quot; on your blog or social media channels. It takes time to grow a following, but the rewards are worth the effort. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-you-really-make-money-by-starting-a-blog?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Can You Really Make Money by Starting a Blog?</a>)</p> <h2>9. Work on a boat</h2> <p>Captains from across the world are constantly on the lookout for people to provide them with a helping hand as they sail the seas. The boats will vary, from small sailboats to huge super yachts. Tasks can range from cooking and cleaning to deckhand duties. Most captains aren't necessarily looking for experienced sailors, just someone willing to pitch in when needed. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-free-accommodations-and-paid-jobs-on-boats" target="_blank">How to Get Free Accommodations (and Paid Jobs) on Boats</a>)</p> <h2>10. Stay in a monastery or temple</h2> <p>Religious houses across the globe offer free stays to people wanting to learn and take part in their way of communal living. You don't have to have a great faith yourself, but you will be expected to abide by their rules, which in some cases can be quite strict. It's a great way to get a different perspective on an area, though, and opens you up to new experiences.</p> <h2>11. Language exchanges</h2> <p>Learning a new language can be costly, and finding someone to practice with can be difficult, depending on where you live. Language exchange trips such as those offered by <a href="https://www.lingoo.com/" target="_blank">lingoo</a> allow people wanting to learn a new language the opportunity to live with a native speaker who wants to learn English. In exchange, you may be asked to host that person in your home, too. As a traveler, you'll get regular language speaking opportunities and the opportunity to completely immerse yourself in the culture by living with a local.</p> <h2>12. Use your points</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards?ref=internal" target="_blank">Credit cards that offer travel rewards</a> are extremely common now, with many providing generous sign-up bonuses that you can put toward accommodations. This could make it possible to get free nights in swanky hotels just for taking out the card. Many large hotel chains also have their own <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-credit-cards-for-hotel-deals-and-rewards?ref=internal" target="_blank">hotel-branded credit cards</a> that enable you to rack up points really quickly on your everyday purchases to use on stays at their properties. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-steps-to-getting-a-free-or-close-to-free-vacation-in-9-months-or-less-with-credit-cards?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Get a Free Vacation in 9 Months With Credit Cards</a>)</p> <h2>13. Use your connections</h2> <p>If you have friends or family living in a place you'd like to visit, ask if you can stay with them! Most people don't make the most of the connections they already have. Why not put out a message on social media asking if any of your friends know someone in your desired location who could put you up? You may be surprised at just how effective this is, and you'll meet some new people in the process. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-travel-full-time-for-17000-a-year-or-less?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Travel Full-Time for $17,000 a Year (or Less!)</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F13-ways-to-get-free-travel-accommodations&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F13%2520Ways%2520to%2520Get%2520Free%2520Travel%2520Accommodations.jpg&amp;description=13%20Ways%20to%20Get%20Free%20Travel%20Accommodations"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/13%20Ways%20to%20Get%20Free%20Travel%20Accommodations.jpg" alt="13 Ways to Get Free Travel Accommodations" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-ways-to-get-free-travel-accommodations">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/travel-resources">40 Most Useful Travel Websites That Can Save You a Fortune</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-easy-way-to-negotiate-a-cheaper-hotel-room">The Easy Way to Negotiate a Cheaper Hotel Room</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-do-about-a-terrible-airbnb-stay">What to Do About a Terrible Airbnb Stay</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-cities-where-airbnb-is-way-cheaper-than-a-hotel">5 Cities Where Airbnb Is Way Cheaper Than a Hotel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-guide-to-staying-at-hostels-for-people-over-30">The Guide to Staying at Hostels for People Over 30</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel accommodations blogging camping hostels hotels house swap traveling for free volunteering work exchanges Thu, 06 Jul 2017 08:30:10 +0000 Nick Wharton 1976050 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Beach Tents http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-beach-tents <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-beach-tents" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/baby_beach_tent_506060664.jpg" alt="Mother and baby in best beach tent" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you enjoy a day at the beach, but want some form of protection from harmful UV rays, then a beach tent is just what you need. It can help prevent overexposure to the sun, keep you cool and comfortable on hot summer days, and provide you with a relaxing shelter at outdoor events. It can add a touch of luxury and a lot of comfort to your beach day.</p> <h2>What is a beach tent?</h2> <p>A beach tent is a piece of outdoor gear that can shelter you from the sun, sand, water, and wind of the beach. It can also provide a comfortable place to relax and a safe place to store all of your belongings. It is ideal for use at any beach, park, campground, sporting event, or even your own backyard.</p> <h2>Top 5 beach tents</h2> <h3>Pacific Breeze EasyUp Beach Tent</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2riuujp" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/pacific.jpg" width="245" height="192" align="right" alt="" /></a>The ultra lightweight, spacious <a href="http://amzn.to/2riuujp" target="_blank">Pacific Breeze EasyUp Beach Tent</a> has UPF 50+ sun protection. The compact beach tent is made from breathable polyester and is water-repellent. It is very easy to set up and pack up in the carrying case thanks to a specially designed EasyUp Hub System. The durable tent includes internal sand pockets, large windows for ventilation, and stakes. It is recommended by New York Magazine and has exceptional online reviews, including more than 1,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is also backed by a one-year limited warranty. The <a href="http://amzn.to/2t36CBA" target="_blank">Pacific Breeze EasyUp Beach Tent Deluxe XL</a> is another highly recommended option.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2riuujp" target="_blank"><em>Currently $69.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Coleman Road Trip Beach Shade</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2rhVKP3" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/coleman_1.jpg" width="245" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The spacious <a href="http://amzn.to/2rhVKP3" target="_blank">Coleman Road Trip Beach Shade</a> can stand up to extreme winds. It offers low-angle sun protection and SPF 50+ UV guard protection. It features polyguard double thick fabric for added durability. It has a floor mat, protecting you from the sand, and a closable front with two zippered doors, so it can be used as a changing room. The Comfort Grip allows it to be setup in about three minutes. It packs up really small, so you can easily transport it around in the carry bag. It also includes four hanging pockets inside, a dry line, sandbags, and extra-long stakes. This is available in four different colors. It has exceptional online reviews, including hundreds of five-star reviews on Amazon. It comes from the trusted Coleman brand and is backed by a one-year limited warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2rhVKP3" target="_blank"><em>Currently $39.70 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Lightspeed Outdoors Quick Cabana Beach Tent Sun Shelter</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ri2exj" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/lightspeed.jpg" width="245" height="244" align="right" alt="" /></a>The spacious, yet compact, <a href="http://amzn.to/2ri2exj" target="_blank">Lightspeed Outdoors Quick Cabana Beach Tent Sun Shelter</a> is large enough for two adults and two kids with room for chairs and plenty of gear. It offers UPF 50+ sun protection and can stand up to high winds. It features interior pockets and three roll-up windows for extra ventilation and privacy. The lightweight cabana-style pop up beach shelter has quick, easy setup and takedown with a compression hub-system and integrated poles. It includes a carrying case, shoulder strap, sand pockets, stakes, and guylines. It comes in two different colors. It has exceptional online reviews, including hundreds of five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ri2exj" target="_blank"><em>Currently $64.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Texsport Calypso Quick Cabana Beach Sun Shelter Canopy</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2stxUnE" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/texsport.jpg" width="243" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The sturdy, lightweight <a href="http://amzn.to/2stxUnE" target="_blank">Texsport Calypso Quick Cabana Beach Sun Shelter Canopy</a> has UPF 50+ UV protection. It is easy to set up and take down thanks to a three-pole pin and ring frame system with shock-corded fiberglass poles and four weighted sandbags. It features a durable ripstop polyurethane floor and three &quot;no-see-um&quot; mesh windows with interior zippered storm flaps for increased ventilation. It also includes stakes and a carry bag. The three-sided cabana allows you to sit completely inside for full-body protection or lie partially covered to protect just your face. It has exceptional reviews and is frequently recommended online.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2stxUnE" target="_blank"><em>Currently $33.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Genji Sports Pop Up Family Beach Tent</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2sbwLhh" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/genji.jpg" width="245" height="184" align="right" alt="" /></a>The ultra lightweight, compact <a href="http://amzn.to/2sbwLhh" target="_blank">Genji Sports Pop Up Family Beach Tent and Beach Sunshelter</a> comfortably fits two adults or one adult and several children. It automatically pops open in one second and then coils back down flat into a circle in three seconds for easy transport. The durable tent has a strong steel beam frame and UPF 50+ coating for sun protection. The special designed waterproof cover has a floor, zippered back and front panels, two ventilation windows with roll-up covers, and four ground stakes. There are also sandbags on both side panels. It has outstanding online reviews and is frequently recommended online. The <a href="http://amzn.to/2tnbAsc" target="_blank">Genji Sports Instant Push Up Beach Tent Sun Shelter</a> is another highly recommended option.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2sbwLhh" target="_blank"><em>Currently $40.52 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best beach tents. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar" target="_blank">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-beach-tents">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-beach-umbrellas">The 5 Best Beach Umbrellas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-luxury-pens">The 5 Best Luxury Pens</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-rain-jackets-for-men">The 5 Best Rain Jackets for Men</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-folding-bicycles">The 5 Best Folding Bicycles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-bike-trailers">The 5 Best Bike Trailers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle Shopping 5 best beach day beach tents camping product reviews shopping tents Thu, 15 Jun 2017 08:00:11 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1966192 at http://www.wisebread.com The Easiest Ways to Save on Your Next RV Camping Trip http://www.wisebread.com/the-easiest-ways-to-save-on-your-next-rv-camping-trip <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-easiest-ways-to-save-on-your-next-rv-camping-trip" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/young_couple_with_a_camper_van.jpg" alt="Young couple with a camper van" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Camping in a recreational vehicle can be a great way to see the country. You get to experience the great outdoors at campsites in some of the most beautiful areas at a comfort level you just can't get with tent camping. And while you'll pay more to travel in an RV than you would to camp in a tent, there are ways to pare costs down.</p> <h2>RV camping costs</h2> <p>The biggest expense with RV camping is the vehicle itself. Buying an RV isn't cheap, yet there are numerous ways to save on the purchase. For starters, you'll spend less if you purchase a smaller travel trailer or fifth wheel than if you splurge for a larger trailer that sleeps nine or 10.</p> <p>And if you're willing to buy used, you'll score considerable savings there, too. Just like cars, brand new RVs depreciate at a rapid pace.</p> <p>Of course, you could always just rent an RV when you need one. Through a website like <a href="http://www.gorving.com/" target="_blank">GoRVing.com</a>, you can search for and compare prices for RV rentals of all sizes, many of which cost less than $1,000 per week.</p> <p>According to Kevin Broom, spokesman for GoRVing.com, there are additional costs to consider on top of renting or owning an RV. For starters, you'll need to pay for fuel. You'll also need to pay for &quot;amenity kits&quot; that include pots and pans or bedding, unless you want to bring your own. On top of those expenses, you'll need to pay for food and entertainment, just like you would with any trip.</p> <p>From there, where you take your RV can play a huge role in how much you'll pay. &quot;You can choose to stay in different types of campgrounds &mdash; ranging from rustic to luxurious,&quot; says Broom.</p> <p>Some campgrounds are filled with amenities such as jumping pillows, zip lines, pools, fishing ponds, and scheduled activities like gem mining, scavenger hunts, nature hikes, and pancake breakfasts. Some are even located near tourist attractions such as amusement parks, so you can have the best of both worlds: amusement park during the day and a wonderful campground at night. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-you-should-never-do-when-camping?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Things You Should Never Do When Camping</a>)</p> <h2>Saving on RV campsites</h2> <p>If you want to save money, you may need to think outside the box. Why? Because campgrounds with more amenities tend to cost more. It pays to look beyond the highly advertised campgrounds to some alternative options. Here are some of the most affordable places to camp.</p> <h3>State parks</h3> <p>Although options vary dramatically from state to state, state parks offer one of the most affordable ways to camp. Many states offer their own websites or online portals that make researching and reserving camp space easy. You can also use a website like <a href="http://www.reserveamerica.com/" target="_blank">Reserve America</a> to look for inexpensive state camping resources in your area.</p> <p>You'll pay more or less for your campsite depending on the amenities you select. If you want to bring your RV to a &quot;primitive&quot; camping site without electricity and water, you'll pay a lot less. Sites that feature a &quot;full hookup,&quot; on the other hand, tend to cost more.</p> <p>Still, state parks can make camping affordable. At Brown County State Park in Indiana, for example, you can get a full hookup campsite for just $23 per night during summer. At state parks in Colorado, full hookup sites start at just $28 per night. And at Florida's Big Lagoon State Park, nightly rates for an electric campsite start at just $20. Explore state park options in your area to find the best deal.</p> <h3>National parks</h3> <p>National parks offer another smart option for campers and RV enthusiasts looking to save. While national parks don't necessarily have the amenities of luxury campgrounds, they do offer a closeness to nature that is harder to find elsewhere.</p> <p>And, depending on the national park, camping costs can be downright cheap. The downside to bringing an RV to a national park is that sites with full hookups are rarely available.</p> <p>The <a href="https://www.nps.gov/subjects/camping/index.htm" target="_blank">U.S. National Park Service website</a> makes it easy to compare costs for camping on federal lands. Use the &quot;find a campground&quot; tool to search for national parks with camping space in your area or anywhere you want to take your RV.</p> <p>At glorious Glacier National Park, for example, you can book nonelectric and electric camping sites for as little as $20 per night. At Crater Lake National Park in Oregon, you can book a no-hookup site for just $31 per night.</p> <h3>Small, &quot;no-frills&quot; campgrounds</h3> <p>Another way to save money when traveling in an RV is to look for smaller, &quot;no frills&quot; campgrounds. There are plenty of options all around the country, but you'll need to search and compare prices to find the right one.</p> <p><a href="http://koa.com/why-koa/" target="_blank">KOA campgrounds</a> are a good place to begin your search. KOA offers three different types of camping experiences to fit anyone's budget &mdash; KOA Journey campgrounds located mostly near highways, KOA Holiday camps with more amenities for families, and KOA Resorts, which feature on-site activities, food, and entertainment. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tips-for-camping-cooking?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Tips for Camping Cooking</a>)</p> <p>Prices for the more affordable Journey campgrounds vary dramatically based on location and amenities. You can book a week at the Grand Canyon/Williams Campground in Arizona with full hookups for $411 per week in September, for example. Or, stay in a lower demand area such as Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where you can book a whole week with full hookups for $372.</p> <h2>Shop around before you book</h2> <p>According to Broom, the best step for families seeking cheap camping is to shop around and compare lots of different options. While you search, also remember the golden rule of camping: The more amenities or &quot;perks&quot; a campground has, the higher the nightly rates.</p> <p>And, if you're facing sticker shock, keep in mind that RV camping is just a lot more expensive than tent camping in general. Not only do you need a larger site when you have an RV, but you'll always pay more to hook up to electricity and water. The larger your RV, the more these charges typically cost.</p> <p>At the end of the day, RV camping can be as cheap or as expensive as you make it. The best way to keep costs under control is to choose your RV wisely, pick your camping stops carefully, and plan ahead.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fthe-easiest-ways-to-save-on-your-next-rv-camping-trip&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FThe%2520Easiest%2520Ways%2520to%2520Save%2520on%2520Your%2520Next%2520RV%2520Camping%2520Trip.jpg&amp;description=The%20Easiest%20Ways%20to%20Save%20on%20Your%20Next%20RV%20Camping%20Trip"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/The%20Easiest%20Ways%20to%20Save%20on%20Your%20Next%20RV%20Camping%20Trip.jpg" alt="The Easiest Ways to Save on Your Next RV Camping Trip" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holly-johnson">Holly Johnson</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-easiest-ways-to-save-on-your-next-rv-camping-trip">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/camping-for-a-week-is-only-160-at-these-national-parks">Camping for a Week Is Only $160 at These National Parks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-the-right-rv-and-vehicle-insurance-protects-your-summer-fun">Here&#039;s How the Right RV and Vehicle Insurance Protects Your Summer Fun</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-affordable-countries-every-outdoor-explorer-can-afford-to-visit">5 Affordable Countries Every Outdoor Explorer Can Afford to Visit</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-diy-air-conditioner-and-14-other-cool-camping-hacks">A DIY Air Conditioner and 14 Other Cool Camping Hacks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-affordable-water-parks-you-can-drive-to">10 Affordable Water Parks You Can Drive To</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel affordable camping national parks nature lovers outdoors recreational vehicles road trips rvs summer Fri, 09 Jun 2017 08:30:13 +0000 Holly Johnson 1962383 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Affordable Countries Every Outdoor Explorer Can Afford to Visit http://www.wisebread.com/5-affordable-countries-every-outdoor-explorer-can-afford-to-visit <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-affordable-countries-every-outdoor-explorer-can-afford-to-visit" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/hiking_alone_in_the_mountains.jpg" alt="Hiking alone in the mountains" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Exploring the great outdoors is a wonderful way to spend a vacation, yet it's not always cheap. Many countries have expensive national park fees, camp fees, and general high cost of travel.</p> <p>Check out these inexpensive destinations for your next outdoor adventure.</p> <h2>1. Canada</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/bull_elk_in_banff_in_the_canadian_rockies.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Canada is an incredible destination for nature lovers. With a population of 35 million people spread over a vast 3.85 million square miles spanning from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and north to the Arctic Ocean, opportunities for outdoor recreation in untouched wilderness areas abound.</p> <p>Plus, as a part of the country's celebration of its 150th birthday, this year you can take advantage of the fact that <em>all </em>national parks in Canada are free with the <a href="https://www.commandesparcs-parksorders.ca/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CategoryDisplay?storeId=22953&amp;categoryId=216870&amp;catalogId=53407" target="_blank">2017 Discovery Pass</a>. With more than 40 national parks throughout the country, there is plenty of outdoor exploration to be done in expansive forests, tundra, and mountainous regions.</p> <p>Canada's well-known highlights such as Vancouver Island, Banff National Park, and the Whistler Blackcomb ski resort are well worth a visit. But you should also consider some lesser-known gems, like going on a <a href="http://arctickingdom.com/trip/narwhal-watching-and-safari/" target="_blank">polar bear and narwhal safari</a> in the far northern province of Nunavut.</p> <p>Highlights in the east of the country include Nova Scotia's Cape Breton Highlands, where you can take in spectacular coastal views and may even glimpse minke or pilot whales breaking offshore. In the winter months, you can ski in Quebec, north of Montreal.</p> <p>Head to the Great Lakes region for an epic canoe or kayak trip in the warmer months. Some of the diverse wildlife you could see along the way may include moose, bears, and loons, just to name a few.</p> <p>As an added budget bonus, the U.S. dollar currently trades around 40 percent better than it did five years ago, so Americans can save some serious money on a trip to our great northern neighbor.</p> <h2>2. Kyrgyzstan</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/kazakh_jurt.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Between its rugged mountain ranges, extensive pasture lands, and high-altitude lakes, this rural country has no shortage of outdoor activities. Seminomadic peoples still live in the mountains here, with yurts dotting many mountainsides.</p> <p>Landing in Bishkek, the country's capital, you can head to Issyk-Kul, the world's second largest alpine lake, which is located at the foot of the Tian Shan Mountains. The area is a great base for an outdoors-oriented vacation, with swimming, hiking, camping, and trekking all available.</p> <p>Other trekking destinations include Lake Song Kol and Lenin Peak on the border with Tajikistan. For those who aren't interested in walking the whole way, horse treks in Kyrgyzstan are a fun way to get around.</p> <p>Kyrgyzstan is an affordable destination overall. We calculate the cost of traveling there at <a href="http://www.goatsontheroad.com/guide-backpacking-kyrgyzstan/" target="_blank">$63 per day for two people</a> sharing accommodations. Plus, you won't have to add visa fees to your travel budget, since no visa is required for Americans visiting for up to 60 days.</p> <p>Discover Kyrgyzstan, the government's official tourism arm, is currently planning new sustainable tourism options around Issyk-Kul and hiking opportunities in the Jyrgalan region, so it's likely that the country will soon be on the radar of all outdoor enthusiasts.</p> <h2>3. Nepal</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/prayer_flags_and_mt._annapurna_i_background.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Nepal is an internationally renowned destination for adventurers, boasting the famous Everest and Annapurna peaks, and lesser-known areas for trekking, such as the Langtang region north of the capital city, Kathmandu. While summiting Everest is a highly technical and expensive undertaking, there are many other treks in the country that are accessible to hikers of nearly all levels.</p> <p>Planning a trek to a mountain base camp is one good option, enabling you to hike in the vicinity of the world's greatest peaks without spending tens of thousands of dollars to summit them. These are still challenging hikes that should not be underestimated, but with training and proper preparation, they are certainly manageable.</p> <p>Most hikes can be easily planned out of Kathmandu, the country's vibrant and busy urban center. Here you can acquire the required permits for your trek, which usually cost around 2,000 Nepali rupees, or about $20. Farther west, the charming tourist town of Pokhara is a common base for travelers preparing to do the popular Annapurna circuit trek.</p> <p>Not only does Nepal boast stunning landscapes, but it's also a very affordable place to travel, with cheap transportation and meals costing as little as $1. Lonely Planet estimates you can travel for as little as $30 a day, including budget accommodations, two meals, and a trekking porter/guide. A midrange organized trek costs $60&ndash;$80 per day.</p> <h2>4. Chile</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/graceful_silhouette_guanaco_on_the_lake_pehoe.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Chile is a country of abundant natural beauty, from its extensive coastline to the impressive mountains of Patagonia &mdash; a breathtaking trekking region at the southern end of Chile and Argentina.</p> <p>Torres del Paine National Park, in the heart of Chilean Patagonia, is replete with glaciers and crystal clear mountain lakes. You'll want to plan a trip between mid-September and early May, which are the southern hemisphere's warmer months.</p> <p>Overall, Patagonia is not a budget destination, but it is quite possible to do one of the famous treks in Torres del Paine without breaking the bank. The entrance fee is around $30, but if you plan to do the W Trek (four days) or the O Trek (around eight days), this fee is minimal given the amount of time you'll be spending in the park.</p> <p>There are also numerous free campsites in the park that can help you save money as well. Pack your own food, stay in as many free campsites as you can, and you can end the entire O Trek in Patagonia spending very little. Even if you do have to pay for campsites, they're only around $15 per person, so it's pretty affordable accommodations!</p> <p>Unless you have a lot of time for a road trip, you'll want to fly into the Patagonian towns of Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales. Be sure to reserve your flight far ahead &mdash; Travel and Leisure recommends booking six months in advance &mdash; to ensure you get a seat on one of these in-demand flights.</p> <p>Other impressive sites in Chile include the Atacama Desert, which is one of the best places on earth for stargazing, given its high altitude and the near absence of humidity in the air. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-6-things-will-make-your-next-flight-more-comfortable?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Things That Will Make Your Next Flight More Comfortable</a>)</p> <h2>5. Thailand</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/sunset_thai_countryside_in_thailand.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Long known as a budget traveler's paradise, Thailand was recently rated as one of the world's 20 cheapest countries to visit by The Telegraph newspaper. Lonely Planet estimates travelers here can get by on as little as $29 a day, with delicious street meals costing less than $2 in many cases.</p> <p>Known for its beautiful beaches, Thailand is actually a fairly diverse outdoor destination. There are many jungle treks in the north of the country where you can explore the country's rich cultural heritage and visit some of the many impressive temples. Most of these treks depart from Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai.</p> <p>For shorter hikes off the beaten path, check out Sri Phang Nga National Park in southern Thailand, which features spectacular waterfalls, abundant wildlife, and huge parasitic rafflesia flowers.</p> <p>Interested in water activities? Head to islands like Ko Pha Ngan and Ko Tao, where you can complete your scuba diving certification without breaking the bank. An open water certification costs 9,800 baht (or around $285). There is no need to book ahead, since the island is full of dive shops that offer certifications, and you can comfortably shop around for the best price once you arrive.</p> <p>If you're not a diver, you can explore the islands by scooter or foot, stopping to snorkel and swim along the way.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F5-affordable-countries-every-outdoor-explorer-can-afford-to-visit&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F5%2520Affordable%2520Countries%2520Every%2520Outdoor%2520Explorer%2520Can%2520Afford%2520to%2520Visit.jpg&amp;description=5%20Affordable%20Countries%20Every%20Outdoor%20Explorer%20Can%20Afford%20to%20Visit"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/5%20Affordable%20Countries%20Every%20Outdoor%20Explorer%20Can%20Afford%20to%20Visit.jpg" alt="5 Affordable Countries Every Outdoor Explorer Can Afford to Visit" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amanda-gokee">Amanda Gokee</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-affordable-countries-every-outdoor-explorer-can-afford-to-visit">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/camping-for-a-week-is-only-160-at-these-national-parks">Camping for a Week Is Only $160 at These National Parks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-diy-air-conditioner-and-14-other-cool-camping-hacks">A DIY Air Conditioner and 14 Other Cool Camping Hacks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-best-cities-for-frugal-lovers-of-the-outdoors">8 Best Cities for Frugal Lovers of the Outdoors</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-you-should-never-do-when-camping">7 Things You Should Never Do When Camping</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-flight-booking-hacks-to-save-you-hundreds">10 Flight Booking Hacks to Save You Hundreds</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel camping cheap travel credit cards hiking nature outdoors travel Mon, 05 Jun 2017 08:30:08 +0000 Amanda Gokee 1957907 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Low-Cost Travel Items That Can Save You Big On Your Next Trip http://www.wisebread.com/5-low-cost-travel-items-that-can-save-you-big-on-your-next-trip <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-low-cost-travel-items-that-can-save-you-big-on-your-next-trip" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-491647652.jpg" alt="Couple finding low-cost travel gear that can save them big" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Traveling can be great fun, but sometimes it requires a bit of creative thinking to figure out how to finance your next trip. Luckily there are some cost-effective purchases that can help you save money in the long run.</p> <h2>1. Tent</h2> <p>Camping can be a great alternative to staying in pricey hotels while you travel, but you will have to pay some one-time costs for a tent, sleeping bag, and a few other camping basics. You can purchase a light, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-tents?ref=internal" target="_blank">quality tent for under $150 on Amazon</a>. When you consider that is less than the cost of one hotel night in many places, you can see how quickly this investment will pay for itself.</p> <p>Having a tent also gives you the freedom to sleep in some of the world's most remote and beautiful places. Laws about where you can camp vary by location. For example, it's legal to camp on beaches in Mexico's Baja California, and it won't cost you anything. In the U.S., if you want to pitch your tent at an established campground, you'll usually have to pay, but you may be able to do primitive camping in some areas for free. Check with the U.S. Forest Service or state authorities in the area where you plan to camp. I've camped in many places in the world, and I've never paid more than $30. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-diy-air-conditioner-and-14-other-cool-camping-hacks?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Cool Camping Hacks</a>)</p> <h2>2. Water filter</h2> <p>Bottled water can cost $1 or more. That's not expensive, but it can add up, especially if you're in a place where the tap water is not safe to drink.</p> <p>You can buy an easy-to-use and affordable filter that enables you to drink water anywhere you go. Not only will you save money on bottled water, but you can reduce waste by cutting down your consumption of plastic. It is eco-friendly and budget-friendly.</p> <p>There are a variety of water filters available. &quot;<a href="http://amzn.to/2n0ZTFA" target="_blank">Water straws</a>&quot; are lightweight and portable. This type of filter won't take up much space in your bag, and usually fits into a standard-sized water bottle. You can either bring your own empty bottle or purchase a cheap one at your destination to reuse.</p> <p>On a wilderness canoe trip through the Boundary Waters, Minnesota, I found a water straw indispensable. There were no roads or drinking water in the area, and bringing water along wasn't practical because it's heavy and would have taken up a lot of space in the kayaks. The best option was to filter water from the pristine lakes.</p> <p>Another option for treating water is to use iodine pills, which are cheap and easy to transport. However, the disadvantage of iodine is that you have to wait half an hour for the treatment to become effective, while with a water straw filter system, the water is ready to drink as soon as you've filtered it.</p> <p>There are also <a href="http://amzn.to/2n6RYs8" target="_blank">water bottles that have built-in water filters</a>, which can make filtering water even easier. The filters are only safe for a certain number of uses, but they are still economical compared to buying bottled water. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/packing-light-dont-forget-these-5-must-haves?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Travel Must-Haves</a>)</p> <h2>3. Luggage scale</h2> <p>A <a href="http://amzn.to/2neLJ5P" target="_blank">digital luggage scale</a> costs about $10 and can help you avoid paying costly overweight baggage charges at the airport. I've seen these charges run from $50 into the hundreds.</p> <p>Plus, these scales are light and easy to transport so you can bring them along on your trip. That way, when you're ready to travel home, you won't have to stress about the weight of any souvenirs or other items you accumulated while you were away. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-easy-ways-to-save-on-travel-gear?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Save on Travel Gear</a>)</p> <h2>4. Good shoes</h2> <p>Investing in a quality pair of shoes before your trip is a sure way to save money. If you can walk comfortably, you can avoid paying for expensive taxi cabs to get around once you reach your destination.</p> <p>Not only is walking a great way to save money, it will also help you stay active and better see the place you are visiting. When you're buying shoes, try to pick a pair that provides adequate support without being too heavy. You'll also want them in a design you genuinely like and a style that can go with most of your clothes. Buying shoes that are versatile means that you can pack a little lighter.</p> <p>Lems makes comfortable and incredibly portable travel footwear that I use and love.</p> <h2>5. Travel credit card</h2> <p>If you're already planning your next trip, now is a good time to sign up for a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards?ref=internal" target="_blank">travel credit card</a>. A good card will charge you <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/smarter-security-and-no-foreign-transaction-fees-the-best-credit-cards-to-use-while-on-vacation?ref=internal" target="_blank">no foreign transaction fees</a>. That's the fee that some cards charge you for any purchases you make in another currency. It's usually around 3 percent, which means if you charge $1,000 on your trip, you'd have to pay an additional $30 in foreign transaction fees.</p> <p>By signing up for a travel credit card, you can also earn rewards for your next trip. Some credit cards offer <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-sign-up-bonuses-for-airline-miles-credit-cards?ref=internal" target="_blank">bonus points when you sign up</a> that are worth hundreds of dollars in travel. One sign-up bonus I got was so big that I have points left over after using it to purchase a round-trip flight from the United States to Mexico, and a domestic flight in Mexico. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dont-make-these-6-credit-card-sign-up-bonus-mistakes?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Don't Make These Credit Card Bonus Mistakes</a>)</p> <p>Many travel cards also come with <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/travel-perks-you-didnt-know-your-credit-card-had?ref=internal" target="_blank">money-saving perks</a> such as free checked bags on flights, free <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-does-car-rental-insurance-really-cover-on-your-credit-card?ref=internal" target="_blank">rental car insurance</a>, free trip cancellation insurance and other <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-types-of-travel-insurance-credit-cards-include-that-you-didnt-know-about?ref=internal" target="_blank">types of travel coverage</a>.</p> <p>The good news with a travel credit card is that you may not even have to &quot;purchase&quot; it at all. Many travel credit cards will waive their annual fee for the first year, as an additional incentive to get you to sign up.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div align="center"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F5-low-cost-travel-items-that-can-save-you-big-on-your-next-trip&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F5%20Low-Cost%20Travel%20Items%20That%20Can%20Save%20You%20Big%20On%20Your%20Next%20Trip.jpg&amp;description=5%20Low-Cost%20Travel%20Items%20That%20Can%20Save%20You%20Big%20On%20Your%20Next%20Trip" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <div align="center">&nbsp;</div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/5%20Low-Cost%20Travel%20Items%20That%20Can%20Save%20You%20Big%20On%20Your%20Next%20Trip.jpg" alt="5 Low-Cost Travel Items That Can Save You Big On Your Next Trip" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amanda-gokee">Amanda Gokee</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-low-cost-travel-items-that-can-save-you-big-on-your-next-trip">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">The Best Travel Reward Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-affordable-vacations-to-please-every-age-group">5 Affordable Vacations to Please Every Age Group</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cash-back-vs-travel-rewards-pick-the-right-credit-card-for-you">Cash Back vs Travel Rewards: Pick the Right Credit Card for You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-travel-rewards-credit-cards-really-work">How Travel Rewards Credit Cards Really Work</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/travel-perks-you-didnt-know-your-credit-card-had">12 Travel Perks You Didn&#039;t Know Your Credit Card Had</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel camping filtered water shoes tents travel gear travel rewards Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:31:12 +0000 Amanda Gokee 1913291 at http://www.wisebread.com 14 Things You Can Do Now to Prep for Your Best Summer Ever http://www.wisebread.com/14-things-you-can-do-now-to-prep-for-your-best-summer-ever <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/14-things-you-can-do-now-to-prep-for-your-best-summer-ever" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-508921978.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In the past week, I have experienced Polar Vortex-level temperatures in the upper Midwest and then back-to-back wind and rainstorms in California. I have not seen the sun in days. All this weather has got me dreaming about what my family will do this summer.</p> <p>But I can't just dream an epic summer into existence. I need to plan and prepare. Here are some things you &mdash; and I &mdash; can do in the gloom of winter to lay the groundwork for the best summer ever.</p> <h2>1. Reserve a Campsite</h2> <p>In some states, like California, state park sites book up devilishly early. In fact, a quick search of a couple of favorite beach campgrounds found them already booked for weekends throughout the summer. So if you haven't already booked any summer camp-outs, go to <a href="http://www.reserveamerica.com/" target="_blank">Reserve America</a> and snag them before it's too late.</p> <h2>2. Arrange a Home Exchange</h2> <p>If you're able to take a sabbatical or work from home, consider swapping your house with someone far away for a change of scenery, even without using vacation time. If you have to report to work every day, try a temporary relocation to a different part of your region. For instance, since my husband has a 40-mile commute to his Silicon Valley job, I'm eyeing swaps with families who live within the same distance from his work, but in other directions, on <a href="http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-2822544-10774433" target="_blank">HomeExchange</a>.</p> <h2>3. Send the Kids to Camp</h2> <p>If you're a parent, time away from your job might not be as relaxing as time away from your kids. I should know, I have three little buggers of my own. Fortunately, there exists a wonderful institution to give you a vacation from parenting: sleep-away camp. Camp catalogs go out soon. Girl Scout, Boy Scout, church, and YMCA camps offer some of the best values. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-money-on-child-care-this-summer?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Save Money on Child Care This Summer</a>)</p> <h2>4. Book a National Park Trip</h2> <p>The big-name parks book up fast. In fact, a random check of <a href="http://www.yellowstonenationalparklodges.com/" target="_blank">Yellowstone lodges</a> for June showed that rooms are already getting hard to find. If you're planning to stay in &mdash; or even near &mdash; a National Park this summer, get going.</p> <h2>5. Buy Baseball Tickets</h2> <p>It's not as if it will be impossible to get seats in most ballparks after Opening Day, but still, wouldn't it be nice to see a big circle on the calendar around a July day and know you'll be spending it at the ballgame? My family received tickets to a Cubs game as a Christmas gift, and I'm already looking forward to that August event.</p> <h2>6. Figure Out Where You'll Be for the Solar Eclipse</h2> <p>In case you haven't heard, there will be a total solar eclipse August 21, but the full monty will only be <a href="http://www.al.com/news/huntsville/index.ssf/2017/01/nasas_new_map_can_put_you_righ.html" target="_blank">viewable from certain parts of the United States</a>. You'd better believe that campgrounds and other lodging in the path, which will follow an arc from Oregon to South Carolina, are selling out fast. August 21 is a Monday, so if you can do a long weekend and get there, it should be a sight to see as the moon takes a big bite out of the sun and then blots it out entirely, bringing out the stars in the middle of the day. We haven't had a total eclipse cross the whole country like this for about 100 years.</p> <h2>7. Plan Your Garden</h2> <p>Your dirt may be buried under snow, but that doesn't mean you can't sketch out new garden beds (there's even <a href="http://theselfsufficientliving.com/7-vegetable-garden-planner-software-for-better-gardening/" target="_blank">gardening software</a> to help you do that now), ordering seeds, and starting seedlings indoors.</p> <h2>8. Research Major Summer Purchases on Your Wishlist</h2> <p>Is this the year you buy a boat or a camper, or even an inflatable dinghy? Most of the boat and <a href="http://www.rvpark411.com/rv-shows-camping-expos.html" target="_blank">RV shows</a> are in winter and spring. Even if you're just going to dream, walking through a boat show can help pass chilly days with dreams of fishing and snorkeling.</p> <h2>9. Get Medical Procedures Out of the Way</h2> <p>This may not be as fun as booking vacations or boat shopping, but think about it: If you need a knee replacement, do you want to be laid of up for six weeks in summer or now? Might as well get those bunions removed while you're stuck inside anyway.</p> <h2>10. Learn to Scuba Dive</h2> <p>If you live near water, you might love exploring the underside of it this summer. Did you know you can start learning even if it's too cold to jump in right now? First of all, scuba certification involves a classroom portion, which you can <a href="https://apps.padi.com/scuba-diving/elearning/purchasecourse.aspx" target="_blank">take online</a>. Then, there are <a href="http://www.dolphinscuba.com/scuba-diving-classes/overview.html" target="_blank">classes you can take in heated pools</a> to get you ready for dive season.</p> <h2>11. Buy Tickets to a Summer Theater Festival</h2> <p>For me, one of the highlights of summer is watching Shakespeare out in nature, whether it's at Wisconsin's <a href="http://americanplayers.org/" target="_blank">American Players Theatre</a> or the <a href="https://www.bard.org/" target="_blank">Utah Shakespeare Festival</a>. Tickets are already available for some of these festivals, and even if they're not, the schedule is probably posted, so you can decide which shows you'll see. And if you're unable to travel to see these, check for local shows in your area.</p> <h2>12. Book Amtrak Tickets</h2> <p>Even more than flights, Amtrak trains can fill up early, especially those sleeper cars that make the journey more pleasant. Buy it now or you may find yourself sleeping in a seat.</p> <h2>13. Buy Theme Park Season Passes</h2> <p>Early bird discounts can net you some real savings on these. For instance, Six Flags Great America in Chicago is selling season passes for $75-$93 right now; full price runs $189-$250.</p> <h2>14. Work Out</h2> <p>I'm not talking about a &quot;get your beach body&quot; weight-loss program, because all bodies are welcome at the beach. I'm talking about cardio and strength training to build your endurance for those summer hikes and swims you're going to do. You won't regret it.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!&nbsp;</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F14-things-you-can-do-now-to-prep-for-your-best-summer-ever&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F14%20Things%20You%20Can%20Do%20Now%20to%20Prep%20for%20Your%20Best%20Summer%20Ever.jpg&amp;description=14%20Things%20You%20Can%20Do%20Now%20to%20Prep%20for%20Your%20Best%20Summer%20Ever" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/14%20Things%20You%20Can%20Do%20Now%20to%20Prep%20for%20Your%20Best%20Summer%20Ever.jpg" alt="14 Things You Can Do Now to Prep for Your Best Summer Ever" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-things-you-can-do-now-to-prep-for-your-best-summer-ever">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-avoid-these-12-summer-travel-mistakes">How to Avoid These 12 Summer Travel Mistakes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-have-a-fun-family-road-trip-without-breaking-your-budget">How to Have a Fun Family Road Trip Without Breaking Your Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-using-credit-can-help-you-enjoy-a-cheaper-safer-summer-vacation">7 Ways Using Credit Can Help You Enjoy a Cheaper, Safer Summer Vacation</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-affordable-family-getaways-when-you-dont-have-a-vacation-fund">7 Affordable Family Getaways When You Don&#039;t Have a Vacation Fund</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-underrated-us-cities-you-need-to-see-this-summer">4 Underrated U.S. Cities You Need to See This Summer</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel book a trip camping family vacation saving money summer shopping summer travel summer trip summer vacation winter Tue, 14 Feb 2017 10:30:39 +0000 Carrie Kirby 1888422 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Camping Sleeping Pads http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-camping-sleeping-pads <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-camping-sleeping-pads" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_tent_camping_539236780.jpg" alt="Woman sleeping on best camping sleeping pad" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Roughing it in the great outdoors doesn&rsquo;t need to be uncomfortable. Whether you&rsquo;re sleeping on a cot, hammock, or on the ground, you can enjoy additional comfort and support with the right sleeping pad. It provides cushioning and insulation from the ground, so you can enjoy nighttime comfort, support, and warmth.</p> <h2>What Are Camping Sleeping Pads?</h2> <p>A sleeping pad is a cushioned pad that offers thermal insulation, so you can sleep better in the great outdoors. It is small and lightweight, so you can easily carry it around on your outdoor adventures. It is a must-have for any backpackers, climbers, hikers, and campers.</p> <h2>Top 5 Camping Sleeping Pads</h2> <h3>Therm-a-Rest Z Lite Sol Mattress</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2j5Ab38"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/thermarest_0.jpg" width="220" height="220" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2j5Ab38">Therm-a-Rest Z Lite Sol Mattress</a> is comfortable, rugged, and virtually indestructible. The compact, durable pad is softer and lighter than most foam pads, weighing less than one pound. The incompressible closed-cell foam structure is softer on top for extra comfort and denser on the bottom for extra durability. The ThermaCapture surface and reflective barriers reflect body heat to keep you warmer at night. The closed-cell mattress is not affected by tears and punctures, and the foam will not absorb water. The peaks provide support and the valleys trap warmth. The lightweight, compact closed-cell mattress features a compact accordion-style shape that folds down and is easy to pack.</p> <p>This comes from the best-selling Therm-a-Rest brand, so you can count on it to last you a long time. In fact, if you have a hole or tear, you can just repair it with industrial tape. The award-winning camping pad is available in various sizes. It is an Amazon best-seller and one of the &ldquo;most wished for&rdquo; items on Amazon. It is recommended by Gizmodo and by many camping authorities. It is also backed by a limited lifetime warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2j5Ab38"><em>Currently $35.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Klymit Static V Lightweight Sleeping Pad</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2jBadFe"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/klymit.jpg" width="245" height="172" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in camping sleeping pads, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2jBadFe">Klymit Static V Lightweight Sleeping Pad</a> is a bit wider than most, so you have room to stretch. It weighs only 20 ounces and inflates with about 10-15 breaths. The camping pad features an easy-to-use push valve, which allows for quick inflation and deflation. The lightweight pad offers great support and is very comfortable. The ergonomic V-shape follows the contours of the body and prevents air movement and heat loss, allowing for optimal weight distribution. The inflated side rails contribute to insulation and ensure that you don&rsquo;t roll off. It can be folded down to the size of a water bottle and stored in the included sack. It also comes with a patch kit in case you have any punctures.</p> <p>This is available in a range of colors. It is one of the &ldquo;most wished for&rdquo; items on Amazon and has outstanding online reviews, including nearly 1,100 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is also backed by a lifetime warranty for your peace of mind.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2jBadFe"><em>Currently $49.57 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Coleman Self-Inflating Camp Pad With Attached Pillow</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2jsAeCF"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/coleman_0.jpg" width="220" height="203" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2jsAeCF">Coleman Self-Inflating Camp Pad With Attached Pillow</a> quickly self-inflates and self-deflates with a free-flow valve, so you won&rsquo;t need a pump, but the pillow needs to be manually blown up. The durable, weather-resistant nylon shell wipes clean easily and is designed to last you a long time. The tufted design offers additional cushion and comfort. It has convenient built-in Velcro straps to hold the rolled up pad, but if you pull too hard, they can break off.</p> <p>This has outstanding online reviews and has a one-year limited warranty. If you don&rsquo;t care about the pillow, then consider the <a href="http://amzn.to/2jBcsbS">Coleman Self-Inflating Camp Pad</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2jsAeCF"><em>Currently $41.76 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>ALPS Mountaineering Lightweight Series Self-Inflating Air Pad</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2idScYN"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/alps.jpg" width="245" height="134" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2idScYN">ALPS Mountaineering Lightweight Series Self-Inflating Air Pad</a> features durable noncorrosive brass valves for maximum durability. It inflates and deflates quickly with the jet stream open cell foam. The durable diamond ripstop and taffeta construction resists punctures and comes with a repair kit, so it&rsquo;s designed to last you a long time. The strong, lightweight sleeping pad is very comfortable, comes with compression straps, and packs into a compact roll, which you can store in the included sack.</p> <p>This comes in various sizes. It is an Amazon best-seller and one of the &ldquo;most wished for&rdquo; items on Amazon. It is also backed by outstanding online reviews, including more than 700 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2idScYN"><em>Currently $42.24 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2j5Fob8"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/therma%20neoair.jpg" width="245" height="218" align="right" alt="" /></a>The lightweight, compact <a href="http://amzn.to/2j5Fob8">Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad</a> is comfortable and packs to about the size of a water bottle, which you can pack into the included sack. It takes about 15 breaths to inflate. The patent-pending, reflective ThermaCapture technology traps radiant heat to keep you warm. The Triangular Core Matrix construction also helps to minimize heat loss. It features low-bulk materials, soft-touch fabrics, and a tapered design to provide better durability, stability, and support. It is built to last and includes a repair kit.</p> <p>This comes in various sizes and colors. It is an Amazon best-seller and is recommended by Gizmodo and The Wirecutter. It is also backed by a limited lifetime warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2j5Fob8"><em>Currently $117.68 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best camping sleeping pads. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fthe-5-best-camping-sleeping-pads&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FThe%205%20Best%20Camping%20Sleeping%20Pads.jpg&amp;description=The%205%20Best%20Camping%20Sleeping%20Pads" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/The%205%20Best%20Camping%20Sleeping%20Pads.jpg" alt="The 5 Best Camping Sleeping Pads" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-camping-sleeping-pads">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-camping-coffee-makers">The 5 Best Camping Coffee Makers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-money-travel-belts">The 5 Best Money Travel Belts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-emergency-kits">The 5 Best Emergency Kits</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-travel-adapters">The 5 Best Travel Adapters</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-luggage-scales">The 5 Best Luggage Scales</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Shopping Travel 5 best camping camping accessories product reviews shopping sleeping bags sleeping pads Wed, 11 Jan 2017 10:00:09 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1871895 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Ways to Enjoy Fall Camping http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-enjoy-fall-camping <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-ways-to-enjoy-fall-camping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_camping_000053713732.jpg" alt="Couple finding ways to enjoy fall camping" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you love camping as much as I do, you don't exactly want to stop when the temperatures drop. Thankfully, there's no need to pack up the gear for good. Here are some genius ways to extend your camping adventures into fall and beyond. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/camping-for-a-week-is-only-160-at-these-national-parks?ref=seealso">Camping for a Week Is Only $160 at These National Parks</a>)</p> <h2>1. Check Ahead</h2> <p>Some campgrounds are only open during peak camping months (usually Memorial Day through Labor Day). Before you embark on your adventure, call ahead to make sure your favorite destination is open. Check the weather, too. You may see rain in the forecast and decide to bring an extra tarp or other supplies. The idea here is to be prepared for what's ahead.</p> <h2>2. Leave Early</h2> <p>On our first fall camping excursion, we left too late in the day. By the time we go to the campground, it was getting dark and we were muddling around with our tent using headlamps. Remember that fall and winter mean fewer hours in the sun. So, plan accordingly and leave plenty of daylight hours for setup. Check out the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) <a href="http://www.esrl.noaa.gov/gmd/grad/solcalc/sunrise.html">sunrise and sunset calculator</a>.</p> <h2>3. Dress for Success</h2> <p>Layers are key when you're camping in the cold. I've always been told to stay away from cotton because it soaks up sweat and can make you wet. Try <a href="http://coolhikinggear.com/what-is-the-best-moisture-wicking-material">dressing in layers</a>. Start with an inner base layer, a warming mid layer (or two, depending on the temperature), and an outer wind or wetness protection layer. Moisture-wicking fabrics are best, so stick with synthetic fibers or even a lightweight wool.</p> <h2>4. Bring Accessories</h2> <p>Along with layering, you shouldn't forget your head, hands, and feet. Bring lots of mittens, gloves, socks, hats, slippers, and other accessories. I like fleece because it's cozy and soft. This <a href="http://oliveleafjournal.com/2014/01/13/fleece-hood-and-balaclava/">DIY fleece balaclava</a> would make a perfect travel companion. You need 3/4 of a yard of fleece fabric and a boot lace. Cut three rectangles from your fabric, sew them together, and thread your lace through the channel.</p> <h2>5. Bag It</h2> <p>Check your sleeping bag for its <a href="http://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/sleeping-bag-backpacking.html">European Norm (EN)</a> temperature rating. You might notice that yours isn't fit for cold weather &mdash; the number usually indicates the lowest temperature that is comfortable to withstand in the bag. I like being warmer than most, so I do have a bag I use in summer and one for fall camping. I also favor mummy style bags because they leave less room for air to escape.</p> <p>Skip bulky blankets inside your sleeping bag. They'll actually work against your mission to stay warm. A <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=sleeping%20bag%20liner&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=EGNRGTFSM4DEAP4M">sleeping bag liner</a> provides an extra layer of protection (like a bed sheet) and will work with your body heat to create a comfortable sleeping temperature.</p> <h2>6. Pack a Mat</h2> <p>I also like to sleep atop a travel cot or at very least a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002QG1P6E/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002QG1P6E&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=LQPQF4QTO5H2ADPD">camping mat</a> to keep excess moisture from entering my sleeping bag. I've used a yoga mat in a pinch. The bonus here is that the mat will create a barrier between you and the damp, cool ground. It's just more comfortable all around this way. If you can, try laying a tarp down before the pad for extra protection.</p> <p>Still cold? A wool blanket under your sleeping bag can help.</p> <h2>7. Add Heat</h2> <p>My husband taught me a cool trick that he learned when he was a kid. Fill a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=hot%20water%20bottle&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=OZBHGASVGIWYOQSF">hot water bottle</a> or even a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001NCDE84/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001NCDE84&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=MQRHEUVZRTF7I45G">Nalgene</a> with warm water and put it in your sleeping bag. You can always refill with warm water if you're particularly cold. We even use this method on cold nights in our house. Just make sure the seal is tight so the water doesn't soak you. And those <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00PX20LO0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00PX20LO0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=AYUPW62CX2FC24JB">HotHands</a> hand warmers you use on ski trips are also invaluable on camping trips.</p> <h2>8. Sip Often</h2> <p>Another easy way to warm your core is by drinking hot beverages. Keep a kettle on so there's always hot water to make tea, coffee, hot chocolate, or instant soups. While you're at it, mind your fluid intake. Even if it's cold and you're not obviously sweating, you can easily get dehydrated with activity.</p> <h2>9. Cook Slow</h2> <p>If you're lucky enough to have a campsite with electricity, consider bringing your slow cooker to make mealtime easier. This way, you can simmer together warm and nourishing foods and keep the campfire all to yourself. Choose a cooker with a lockable lid for obvious reasons. Tent campers will want to bring a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001JTS6UC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001JTS6UC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=EGSPHAHCIDTGBLW5">long extension cord</a>. (If you're camping in bear country, you might want to skip this tip!)</p> <h2>10. Test It</h2> <p>One of the best pieces of advice I ever received was to test our gear before we went on a long trip. My husband and I set up camp in the backyard and felt sort of silly about it. Well, it was a good thing we did because we were missing an essential support for our tent. If you've never camped in the fall before, you might even want to sleep a night in familiar territory to make sure you have everything you need to be comfortable.</p> <p><em>Are you a fall camper? What tricks have you learned to stay warm, dry, and safe?</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this post? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F10-ways-to-enjoy-fall-camping&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F10%20Ways%20to%20Enjoy%20Fall%20Camping.jpg&amp;description=10%20Ways%20to%20Enjoy%20Fall%20Camping" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/10%20Ways%20to%20Enjoy%20Fall%20Camping.jpg" width="250" height="374" alt="" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-enjoy-fall-camping">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-more-fun-affordable-train-trips">5 More Fun, Affordable Train Trips</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-beautiful-ski-resorts-to-visit-this-fall">7 Beautiful Ski Resorts to Visit This Fall</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-affordable-autumn-destinations-for-nature-lovers">4 Affordable Autumn Destinations for Nature Lovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-easiest-ways-to-save-on-your-next-rv-camping-trip">The Easiest Ways to Save on Your Next RV Camping Trip</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/camping-for-a-week-is-only-160-at-these-national-parks">Camping for a Week Is Only $160 at These National Parks</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel autumn camping fall outdoors vacation Tue, 06 Oct 2015 17:00:36 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1576302 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Things You Should Never Do When Camping http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-you-should-never-do-when-camping <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-things-you-should-never-do-when-camping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_camping_000051647654.jpg" alt="Couple learning what not to do when camping" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Camping is fun, right?</p> <p>Well, it's supposed to be. However, there are a lot of things that can go wrong. Some of these aren't preventable, but you have quite a bit of control over how comfortable you are, how safe you are, and how much fun you have while you're camping. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-diy-air-conditioner-and-14-other-cool-camping-hacks?ref=seealso">A DIY Air Conditioner and 14 Other Cool Camping Hacks</a>)</p> <p>If you're wondering how to have the best experience possible, here are some things you should always avoid when you go camping. For your next trip, don't...</p> <h2>1. Get There in the Dark</h2> <p>Setting up camp in the dark is hard, and it can be dangerous, too. Even in the best-groomed campsites, there are often sticks, rocks, holes, or lumps of dirt, which can become tripping hazards when you run into them full-tilt carrying a tent pole. Sure, you have headlights and flashlights, which can help, but nothing tops arriving early in the day so you can assess your surroundings. In addition, arriving in the light means that you can find things like the all-important toilet.</p> <p>If something happens and you can't avoid a nighttime arrival, do your best to get as much light in the area as possible. Park facing your camping area and turn on your headlights. Tie flashlights to trees. Set a lantern up in the middle of your living area. Then, before you set up your tent, take your time clearing the area of debris and scouting out anything that might hurt you.</p> <h2>2. Wander the Forest Alone</h2> <p>Most camping is done in an area where you're not familiar with the landscape or, at least, less familiar than you are at home. Camping can also involve hazards that you aren't comfortable dealing with on your own and that you may not be able to anticipate. Because of this, it's always a good idea to take someone with you when you camp and not to go on outings alone.</p> <p>If you want to camp alone or you just need a time-out from your camping partners, be sure to tell someone where you're headed and about when you plan to return. If your friend knows you're out on a three-mile hike, they won't panic when you aren't back in an hour, but they will know that they should sound the alarm when three or four have passed.</p> <h2>3. Leave Your Food Out</h2> <p>Critters love human food, and they will get into anything you leave out. Even small animals, like chipmunks and squirrels, can make a huge mess, and the food isn't very good for them, either. In some areas, you risk a run-in with something less desirable, like a bear or a skunk. And don't store food in your tent, either, because you certainly don't want animals in there!</p> <p>Usually, it is fine to put dry food in your car and to close and latch your cooler. In some areas, where bears are known to roam, you will need to make your food even more secure. Find out ahead of time what is required and make sure you have the supplies and know-how to do that.</p> <h2>4. Forget Warm Clothes</h2> <p>When it comes to the weather, something unexpected is almost bound to happen while you're camping, and it's best to be prepared with the right clothing. Since most camping happens during warm months, people tend to forget warm clothes. It's easy to ignore the fact that nights are almost always cooler than days, and that rain storms or cold winds can happen without warning. And, sometimes, you will want long pants and long sleeves for different reasons, like to keep bugs from biting or to keep the sun off you.</p> <p>If you're heading to a mountainous or high desert area, it's even more important that you bring warm clothes. Nighttime temperatures in both of these climates are significantly colder than daytime ones, and you could end up miserable and ill without the right clothing.</p> <h2>5. Annoy Your Neighbors</h2> <p>When you're camping, the people at the site next door can become your helpers, your new best friends... or the people who wouldn't help you for the world because you annoyed them so much. If you don't want to find yourself in deep water with the neighbors, follow your common sense. Don't get drunk, make lots of noise in the middle of the night, play loud music, drive too fast in camp, or leave your fire burning when you aren't there.</p> <p>If you've done something annoying, it pays to apologize. And if you apologize with some freshly-baked camp cookies, it's even better. When you acknowledge that you did something annoying, people are likely to forgive... as long as it doesn't happen again.</p> <h2>6. Bring Equipment You Don't Know How to Use</h2> <p>I don't care how experienced you are. Each tent goes up a little differently, and it pays to know exactly how the one you brought works. The same goes for any other gear: your stove, your hydration pack, your nifty new camp-cooking appliance. Take it out of the box and figure it out before you leave. Otherwise, you waste valuable camping time and try your own patience, not to mention that of the people camping with you.</p> <p>If you don't have a chance to put up your tent at least once before you leave, make sure you have plenty of light and plenty of time once you arrive at your destination. Send the kids to explore and let your spouse do something else while you figure it out. You'll all be happier with each other and better able to enjoy the rest of your stay.</p> <h2>7. Forget the Toilet Paper</h2> <p>I get it. Your campsite has a bathroom &mdash; a real bathroom, with running water and paper towels and maybe even a shower. I don't care. Bring your toilet paper.</p> <p>You never know when a campground bathroom will run out of TP in the middle of the night, or when you'll be out by the lake or on a hike and find yourself in need. In these cases, it's so much less awkward to have the supplies you need. Sure, you have to trek it along in the first place, but it will save you a headache in the end.</p> <p><em>What do you enjoy most about camping? And what would you never, ever do?</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this post? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F7-things-you-should-never-do-when-camping&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F7%20Things%20You%20Should%20Never%20Do%20When%20Camping.jpg&amp;description=7%20Things%20You%20Should%20Never%20Do%20When%20Camping" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/7%20Things%20You%20Should%20Never%20Do%20When%20Camping.jpg" width="250" height="374" alt="" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-you-should-never-do-when-camping">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-15"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-diy-air-conditioner-and-14-other-cool-camping-hacks">A DIY Air Conditioner and 14 Other Cool Camping Hacks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/camping-for-a-week-is-only-160-at-these-national-parks">Camping for a Week Is Only $160 at These National Parks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-affordable-countries-every-outdoor-explorer-can-afford-to-visit">5 Affordable Countries Every Outdoor Explorer Can Afford to Visit</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-best-cities-for-frugal-lovers-of-the-outdoors">8 Best Cities for Frugal Lovers of the Outdoors</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-easiest-ways-to-save-on-your-next-rv-camping-trip">The Easiest Ways to Save on Your Next RV Camping Trip</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks Travel camping nature outdoors safety Thu, 13 Aug 2015 17:00:14 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1518309 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Tips for Camping Cooking http://www.wisebread.com/10-tips-for-camping-cooking <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-tips-for-camping-cooking" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/family_camping_trip_000020818151.jpg" alt="Family using helpful tips for camping cooking" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Imagine, if you will the smell of fresh coffee and bacon frying, a flannel-lined sleeping bag, and finding the constellation Orion in the night sky. Whatever your favorite aspect is about <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-diy-air-conditioner-and-14-other-cool-camping-hacks">camping</a>, a little organization beforehand definitely enhances the experience, so below are some tips about how to fix great meals in your &quot;great outdoors&quot; kitchen.</p> <h2>1. Table or Picnic Table</h2> <p>Some campgrounds have spaces where there are picnic tables on site. But if you aren't camping in a place where they have tables, you may need to improvise. If you are going to be camping someplace fairly flat, these <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00339B17Q/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00339B17Q&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=464FKF2RU6GG6Y7D">fold-up picnic sets</a> are nice. Otherwise, I make do with a card table. Using the picnic table for both eating and as a kitchen gets crowded. If you have a truck, the tailgate works nicely as a cooking or dishwashing area.</p> <h2>2. Water</h2> <p>This is information you need to know before you head out. Will the campground have drinking water available? If not, you will need to haul it. I like these <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001QC31G6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001QC31G6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=LN4OUYT33JYFCU6C">Aqua-Tainers</a>, which hold seven gallons of water. Before first use, though, wash them out to get rid of some of the plastic-y odor.</p> <h2>3. Table Covers</h2> <p>I like a plastic tablecloth because I can wipe it down, which is nice after chipmunks have been traipsing across your dining room. Once you get that tablecloth down, though, you'll need to keep it there, which is why I use these <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GG9BFH6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00GG9BFH6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=DQYR7HDEHEBGYWDP">A-clamps</a>. These babies will keep that tablecloth on the table, even in a storm (been there, done that).</p> <h2>4. Camp Stove</h2> <p>You may have romantic ideas about cooking over a campfire, but except for hot dogs and marshmallows, it's a pain. Instead, invest in a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00005OU9D/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00005OU9D&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=I2XQEWRI76FX6EEM">camp stove</a> (also super-handy to have when your power goes out at home). This one has two burners &mdash; just right for one pan of trout and another of eggs and fried potatoes.</p> <h2>5. Shelter</h2> <p>Depending upon where you may be camping, there may be a lot of insects, which can get incredibly annoying. We invested in a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00U7OP5KE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00U7OP5KE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=GQ5ZSKAPGUPW5VM6">screened &quot;EZ Up</a>,&quot; which made life a lot more pleasant while cooking and eating. It had the added benefit of keeping the squirrels out (and they can be real pests).</p> <h2>6. Ice Chests/Ice</h2> <p>I like my &quot;rolling&quot; ice chest just fine for a day at the park, but for serious camping, you need a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000G64FJK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000G64FJK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=5AB6JXNKHT4YRBDE">large cooler</a>. The wheels on a rolling ice chest don't work on rugged terrain, and you'll need a lot of room. Keeping cold foods cold is serious business.</p> <p>Here is how we like to pack our ice chest so that things stay cold:</p> <ul> <li>First, put <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JNPYS5G/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00JNPYS5G&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=DTEX2Z4SGQZ4E4V3">plastic ice blocks</a> along the bottom of the ice chest.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Pre-freeze meats and poultry.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Refrigerate other items before they go in, so that all food is cold to begin with.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>I like the extra step of putting loose ice over everything, which keeps it really good and cold.</li> </ul> <h2>7. Washing Up</h2> <p>I may ask for this <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009PUQVY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0009PUQVY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=LU6G7UNO6IMRFACA">washing set-up</a> for my birthday, but until then, I will continue to cope with two plastic washtubs. Remember the dish soap, a sponge, and a dish towel. I refuse to pack &quot;real&quot; plates, instead opting for paper plates and plastic utensils. However, I still use &quot;real&quot; coffee cups, because I think it's so nice to have coffee in a ceramic mug. Before I start breakfast, I get a kettle of water going so that when we are done eating I have hot water for dishwashing at the ready.</p> <h2>8. Thwarting Varmints</h2> <p>Yes, some of those woodsy creatures are cute, but they can be pests, too, or even scary. If you are staying at a state or county campground, I would advise asking the ranger about necessary precautions (and then following them). Many campgrounds have special bear-proof garbage cans, or advise you to use &quot;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005U5J934/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B005U5J934&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=5E56NQXV6BL65MSD">bear bags</a>.&quot; Clean up after eating, and don't leave food laying around. Your ice chest should go back into your car for safety.</p> <h2>9. Food Prep</h2> <p>Make things easy on yourself by doing as much food preparation as possible ahead of time. When I was a kid, my mother had this summer schedule: Plan meals on Tuesday. Shop on Wednesday. Bake on Thursday. Pack up and drive to camping location Friday. We were hard-core campers, and while this may sound like a lot of work, we all chipped in on the chores and loved it.</p> <p>To further simplify camping cooking: chop vegetables and put into plastic bags, freeze stews, and marinate meats. Wash fruits, hard-boil some eggs, pack the &quot;add water&quot; pancake mix and syrup. &quot;Bar&quot; cookies, like Rice Krispies or chocolate chips made in a pan, hold up better than thinner cookies, which will get smashed. It doesn't hurt to throw in a jar of peanut butter and a loaf of bread, in case it rains and you can't cook. Plan each meal ahead of time and think it through &mdash; including what utensils you will need.</p> <p>You'll also want kitchen basics, such as:</p> <ul> <li>Ziploc bags</li> <li>Cutting board</li> <li>Aluminum foil</li> <li>Knives</li> <li>Matches</li> <li>A lighter</li> <li>Newspaper (for campfire)</li> <li>Can opener</li> <li>Garbage bags</li> <li>Paper towels</li> <li>Coffee pot or French press</li> <li>Kettle</li> <li>Pots and pans</li> <li>Lanterns for cooking area</li> <li>Spatulas, spoons, tongs</li> <li>Salt and pepper</li> <li>Rope and bungee cords (always handy)</li> </ul> <h2>10. Most Essential</h2> <p>Lastly, you are likely going someplace wooded where you can cut sticks for marshmallows, but if not, don't forget these special <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008LOFXWM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B008LOFXWM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=THGN7US6SSGFRKGH">marshmallow-toasting implements</a>. They also work for hot dogs!</p> <p><em>Happy camping! What are your favorite camping cooking tips?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tips-for-camping-cooking">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-diy-air-conditioner-and-14-other-cool-camping-hacks">A DIY Air Conditioner and 14 Other Cool Camping Hacks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-spectacular-uses-for-that-lone-can-of-fruit">8 Spectacular Uses for that Lone Can of Fruit</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/turkey-dinner-for-two">Turkey Dinner for Two</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-you-should-never-do-when-camping">7 Things You Should Never Do When Camping</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-diy-kitchen-skills-that-will-save-you-money">7 DIY Kitchen Skills That Will Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks Food and Drink camping Cooking meals outdoors Fri, 03 Jul 2015 15:00:15 +0000 Marla Walters 1471128 at http://www.wisebread.com Camping for a Week Is Only $160 at These National Parks http://www.wisebread.com/camping-for-a-week-is-only-160-at-these-national-parks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/camping-for-a-week-is-only-160-at-these-national-parks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_camping_000020319724.jpg" alt="Couple camping for a week at national parks" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Some of the most awe-inspiring <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-diy-air-conditioner-and-14-other-cool-camping-hacks">places to camp</a> across the United States are in the National Park system, which means that staying inside their boundaries is super affordable. Here is a sampling of attractions and prices for maintained campgrounds at different parks across the country. The mean price to stay at these destinations &mdash; parking and camping together &mdash; is around $160 per week. Have you packed your bags yet?</p> <h2>1. Acadia National Park</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/acadia_000010302667.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Trek up to Maine to <a href="http://www.nps.gov/acad/index.htm">Acadia National Park</a>. You'll find Cadillac Mountain, the tallest point on the Atlantic coast, beautiful ocean views, countless acres of forest, and New England's classic rocky beaches. For seven-day access with your vehicle, you'll pay $25; it's only $12 for bikers, hikers, and pedestrians. From there, you have two camping locations from which to choose: Blackwoods Campground and Seawall Campground. Cost is between $22 and $30 per night. Reservations are recommended in the peak season from May through October.</p> <h2>2. Yosemite National Park</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/yosemite_national_park.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>There are a whopping 13 campgrounds in California's <a href="http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/campgrounds.htm">Yosemite National Park</a>. That doesn't mean finding a camping spot will necessarily be easy at this popular destination. With Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, Tuolumne Meadows, Cathedral Peak, and more attractions &mdash; you'll want to plan ahead. Daily camping fees range from $12 to $26, with parking adding another $30 for a seven-day pass ($15 for bike or foot access). Though most sites require reservations, six of the grounds are on a first come, first served basis.</p> <h2>3. Olympic National Park</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/olympic_national_park_0.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>With close to one million acres, Washington's <a href="http://www.nps.gov/olym/index.htm">Olympic National Park</a> boasts everything from snowcapped peaks to wild winding rivers to gorgeous Pacific Coast shoreline. If you're unable to hike for some reason, check out 30-mile Quinault Rainforest Loop. The road snakes all the way around Lake Quinault on the south side of the park. You get access for your car for $20 a week or hike in for just $7. Camping is another $15 to $22 per day, depending on which of the 16 locations you choose. Most (15) of the campsites operate on a first come, first served basis.</p> <h2>4. Great Smoky Mountains National Park</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/smoky_mountains_000019016860.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>You might not know that America's most visited national park is the <a href="http://www.nps.gov/grsm/index.htm">Great Smoky Mountains</a>. Its location straddling the North Carolina and Tennessee border makes its majestic mountains, diverse wildlife, and unique culture easily accessible to people traveling from all directions. There are a variety of camping options, including backcountry, frontcountry, group campgrounds, horse camps, and even <a href="http://www.lecontelodge.com">LeConte Lodge</a> (only reached by hiking). The grounds maintained by the park cost between $14 and $23. Oh, and entrance to this park is entirely free!</p> <h2>5. Glacier National Park</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/glacier_park_000003419741.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Between Logan Pass, the Highline Trail, St. Mary Lake, and Grinnell Glacier, there's plenty to see and do at <a href="http://www.nps.gov/glac/index.htm">Glacier National Park</a> in Montana. There are 1,009 sites in all between the 13 campgrounds the park maintains. Prices range between $10 to $23 per night with an additional $25 for week-long parking during the summer months. Since many grounds operate on a first come, first served basis, you can check the status on this <a href="http://home.nps.gov/applications/glac/cgstatus/cgstatus.cfm">handy map</a> for updates.</p> <h2>6. Grand Teton National Park</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/grand_teton.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Majorly impressive alpine terrain is one of the highlights of <a href="http://www.nps.gov/grte/index.htm">Grand Teton National Park</a> in Wyoming. You can float the great Snake River, drive the scenic 42-mile park loop, hike the Jenny Lake Trail, and more. Park your car for $30 or walk your way in for just $15. Camping at one of the six campgrounds is $22 per site (some have a utility surcharge). No reservations are accepted. Maximum stay at the Jenny Lake grounds is seven nights per year.</p> <h2>7. Grand Canyon National Park</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/grand_canyon_000020683915.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Of course, Arizona's <a href="http://www.nps.gov/grca/index.htm">Grand Canyon National Park</a> has to make this ultimate list for its expansive views and stunning geology. Talk about huge: The canyon itself is a mile deep, 277 river miles long, and 18 miles at its widest. Not only is this park a true national treasure, but it's also considered one of the natural wonders of the world. Admission is $30 per vehicle. With camping, you need to act fast. There are three campgrounds total, and only two take reservations. Prices range between $18 to $25 per night with a variety of options.</p> <h2>8. Big Bend National Park</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/big_bend_national_park.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>For mountains, desert, and all sorts of critters, visit <a href="http://www.nps.gov/bibe/index.htm">Big Bend National Park</a> in Texas. There are over 150 miles of trails that snake through desert oases, canyons, rivers, and more. Three frontcountry campgrounds offer 184 sites total for $14 a night. Vehicles cost $25 for the week and plain entry is $12 per person.</p> <h2>9. Badlands National Park</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/badlands_national_park.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>South Dakota's <a href="http://www.nps.gov/badl/index.htm">Badlands National Park</a> has some impressive fossil beds among its rocky skyline. The Notch Trail is challenging but definitely worth the effort for the view at the end. And everyone in your family can see the sights by driving the Loop Scenic Byway. Entry costs $15 for the week via car or $7 if you hike or bike. There are two campgrounds that cost $18 per night for a basic tent site.</p> <h2>10. Shenandoah National Park</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/shenandoah_000019176722.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Would you believe the <a href="http://www.nps.gov/shen/index.htm">Shenandoah National Park</a> is a mere 75 miles outside Washington, D.C.? Believe it. Getting your vehicle into the park will cost $20 for the week. Camping at one of the park's four campgrounds is a modest $15 to $17 per night. That's not a lot to enjoy a good chunk of the Appalachian Trail, Bearfence Mountain, and the Old Rag Mountain Hike.</p> <p>For information on all parks, visit the <a href="http://www.nps.gov/index.htm">National Park Service</a>.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite National Park?</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this post? 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Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-affordable-countries-every-outdoor-explorer-can-afford-to-visit">5 Affordable Countries Every Outdoor Explorer Can Afford to Visit</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-easiest-ways-to-save-on-your-next-rv-camping-trip">The Easiest Ways to Save on Your Next RV Camping Trip</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-diy-air-conditioner-and-14-other-cool-camping-hacks">A DIY Air Conditioner and 14 Other Cool Camping Hacks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-best-cities-for-frugal-lovers-of-the-outdoors">8 Best Cities for Frugal Lovers of the Outdoors</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-you-should-never-do-when-camping">7 Things You Should Never Do When Camping</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel camping hiking national parks nature outdoors Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:01:55 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1468136 at http://www.wisebread.com A DIY Air Conditioner and 14 Other Cool Camping Hacks http://www.wisebread.com/a-diy-air-conditioner-and-14-other-cool-camping-hacks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/a-diy-air-conditioner-and-14-other-cool-camping-hacks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/camping_trip_000057103560.jpg" alt="Family using camping hacks for their adventures" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Headed camping this summer? It's a great way to travel &mdash; and certainly <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-cheap-fun-things-to-do-this-summer">lighter on the wallet</a>. At the same time, camping is a lot more work than staying at a hotel. That doesn't need to be a deal breaker, though. Before you pack, check through this list of amazing camping hacks that have your health, safety, and comfort in mind.</p> <h2>1. Smart System</h2> <p>Organize your packing with this family's <a href="http://www.yourownhomestore.com/family-camping-list/">three-tub system</a> and last-minute checklist. One plastic tub is for kitchen stuff, the next holds the stuff that will go inside the tent, and the last will carry all the miscellaneous camping supplies. Your last-minute checklist will vary depending on your family, time of year, and where you're going.</p> <h2>2. Kid Tub</h2> <p>Keeping your little ones clean can be tricky in the wild. If you pack some of your stuff in those big plastic containers, you can <a href="http://www.livingonalatte.com/2011/06/camping-with-little-kids.html">use one as a tub</a> for bath time. The author has a solar shower that gives her family warm water. Placing the tub in a sunny spot for an hour or so should have a similar effect.</p> <h2>3. Clothes Organization</h2> <p>Don't grab your clothes out of disorganized duffle bags or &mdash; worse &mdash; the floor. Instead, bring one of those <a href="http://mamamomtourage.com/2014/08/05/go-see-do-yosemite-2/">collapsible hanging sorters</a> to corral bathing suits, sweaters, shorts, and other gear. This tip works best if your tent is tall. If not, try a smaller organizer like this <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000A64AUU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000A64AUU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=EM3L7OAW2CU7SPYV">three-shelf canvas sorter</a>.</p> <h2>4. Clear Storage</h2> <p>For the rest of your stuff, keep the dirt and bugs out with clothing and <a href="http://blueeyedblessings.blogspot.com/2009/08/get-organizedcamping-style.html">bedding storage bags</a>. You know, the kind that come with new sheets, comforters, curtains, etc. Some close with zippers and others with snaps. Either way, they're free storage that's perfect for camping.</p> <h2>5. Tent Cover</h2> <p>Planning to stay somewhere rainy? This camper shares an awesome trick from his adventures in the Pacific Northwest. <a href="http://www.extrahyperactive.com/2014/05/tips-on-camping-in-pacific-northwest.html">Cover your tent</a> with a canopy for extra protection from the elements. This layer will also help if it's particularly windy.</p> <h2>6. Solar Lights</h2> <p>Illuminate your space with <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00L0IQEMY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00L0IQEMY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=YLRKA3RFES2CQKSR">solar lights</a> that don't require any batteries. You'll just need to make sure they get plenty of sun during the day for optimal power. If you're stuck on how to use them, try mounting on an inverted terra cotta pot as a centerpiece.</p> <h2>7. Jug Light</h2> <p>Or use a headlamp <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/listorama/2415268242/in/faves-31716342@N00/">attached to a water jug</a> as a reading lamp. The camper who shared this tip says it's &quot;easy on the eyes&quot; compared to candles and plain flashlights. Just make sure the jug is full of water and you're good to go.</p> <h2>8. Bug Off</h2> <p>Skip the expensive chemical bug repellents and <a href="http://mintjulepsnmuddin.blogspot.com/2013/08/safer-mosquito-repellant.html?m=1">use Listerine</a> instead. Pour the mouthwash into a spray bottle and spritz for protection. You'll need to reapply just like you would with other repellents. And skip the whitening varieties &mdash; they could bleach clothing.</p> <h2>9. Washing Station</h2> <p>Rig a large water container into a <a href="http://doitandhow.com/2013/04/23/hand-washing-station/">handwashing station</a> with a few bungee cords and add-ons. You'll tether a paper towel holder onto the top and place another bucket to catch falling water below. Don't forget to bring soap!</p> <h2>10. Bag Corral</h2> <p>All those plastic grocery bags can come in handy when you're out in nature. Use them to collect dirty clothes, carry garbage, or hold whatever else you might need. Stuff bags in an empty <a href="http://www.theteacherswife.com/2013/09/diy-reusing-baby-wipes-containers-to.html">baby wipes container</a> for easy, clutter-free access. That's all there is to it.</p> <h2>11. Fire Starter</h2> <p>Here's a must if you're planning any campfire this season: <a href="http://overthebigmoon.com/light-a-fire/">DIY fire starters</a>. Stuff your laundry lint into used toilet paper tubes. Then wrap them in newspaper for clean storage. Light up under the rest of your wood to get your fire roaring.</p> <h2>12. Emergency Inflate</h2> <p>If you brought an air mattress but forgot the pump, don't worry. You can actually inflate your bed <a href="http://lifehacker.com/use-a-trash-bag-to-inflate-a-mattress-when-you-don-t-ha-1625193428">using a garbage bag</a>. Lay your mattress out flat and open its valve. Then wave the garbage bag to fill it with air and secure its opening over the valve. Press the air into the mattress (using your body), repeating as many times as necessary.</p> <h2>13. Key Saver</h2> <p>Many of us camp at lakes or river locations. Keep your keys safe with these <a href="http://www.greenmoxie.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/corks.jpg">cork keychains</a>. Screw an eye bolt into the top of the cork. Attach your keys. Then enjoy the water without worry.</p> <h2>14. Toilet Roll</h2> <p>We've all got to go at one point or another. I'd rather not use leaves to, well, you know. Try making this <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Toilet-Roll-Dispenser/">toilet roll dispenser</a> that will keep your paper clean and tidy. Take an empty soda bottle, cut out the middle, then core your toilet paper, pull the sheets up the spout, and put the bottle back together.</p> <h2>15. Air Conditioner</h2> <p>Those of you who are really crafty might want to make this <a href="https://robotfun.wordpress.com/2011/12/21/swampcooler/">evaporative cooler</a>. Or, in other words, a crude AC system. It comes together for around $40 and a lot of effort, but it's worth every bit. Pick up a five-gallon bucket at your local hardware store, a water pump, cooler pad, elbow duct, a 12-volt battery, and some wire and connectors. After you assemble, pour water into the bucket and enjoy the cool breeze.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite camping hack?</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this post? 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