Budgeting for a camping trip

When budgeting for a camping trip, there are several things to consider such as how long you’ll be staying, who all will be going, and what type of adventure you’d like to have. Make sure your camping trip budget includes all this and more, just in case you encounter a rainy day.

Campsite fees

Most campsites charge a fee for overnight stays, and the cost can vary depending on the location and amenities. Some campsites, known as primitive sites, have very low fees–or they can even be free. However, there are also many different sites that offer several different amenities that can charge a pretty penny for a single-night’s stay.

Food and water

You’ll need to bring enough food and water for your entire trip, which can include buying groceries, packing a cooler, and bringing a water filtration system. If you’re bringing a cooler, don’t forget budgeting for your ice to keep your perishables cold.

Gear and equipment

Depending on your level of camping experience, you may need to purchase or rent gear and equipment such as a tent, sleeping bags, cooking supplies, and a camp stove. This also depends on the type of camping you are planning on participating in, as there are many different types of camping trips you can participate in for your area. For instance, there is a major difference between what you will need for through -hiking as opposed to the supplies you would need for glamping.


If you’re driving to your campsite, your budgeting should include gas and any tolls or parking fees.


If you plan on participating in activities such as hiking, fishing, or kayaking, you may need to budget for equipment rentals or entrance fees. Check out our camping activities posts for some options.

Emergency expenses

It’s important to budget for unexpected expenses such as first aid supplies, emergency repairs, and additional food and water in case of an unforeseen circumstance.

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