One of my most favorite pictures of all time is one that I have of my brother and I on a camping trip. I was about 4 or 5 and we were laying back on a full length fold out lawn chair. We were laughing about something. Looking at that picture brings back memories of our family camping trips. We camped out a lot. It was always by a lake and we did a lot of swimming, fishing and hiking through the woods. We’d dine on meals made in cast iron pans and dessert always involved sticks and a bag of marshmallows.
Over 30 years later, family camping trips are still popular choices for vacation. Things have changed a little bit over the years. Camping supplies have flourished and are certainly more accommodating as well as convenient. You can find camping supplies that will mimic all the comforts of home. If you don’t want to pitch a tent, there are other means of temporary shelter to park at the camping grounds. I haven’t been camping in over a decade, but I’m almost certain I’d take advantage of a few modern conveniences.
Camping is a fun activity to do with the family and it’s a break away from the high tourist areas and the craziness of popular vacation spots. It’s also inexpensive. Whether you’re starting from square one or you need to update some camping essentials, getting geared up for a family camping trip doesn’t have to break the bank. I’ve done a little scouting and pulled together some top picks for awesome deals on everything you’ll need…
1. Walmart - Camping made affordable. I like the sound of that. You’ll find low prices on everything you need including tents, coolers, sleeping bags, grills, chairs, air beds, cooking equipment, canopies, lanterns, cots, water bottles and dinnerware. Walmart has all the camping gear you’ll need without costing a bundle. Tents start at under $25 and you’ll find all sizes from 1 person to 9+! Finding sleeping bags from Disney, Ozark Trail, Wenzel, Swiss Gear and Coleman is no problem! Prices start at under $15. Shipping is free to store on most items.
2. Bargain Outfitters - This is your one stop destination for camping supplies at rock bottom prices. You’ll save up to 50% off or more on airbeds, tents, cooking supplies, cots, gear bags, lanterns, sleeping bags, stoves, shower accessories and more! Shop trusted brands including Guide Gear, Camp Chef, Cabin Creek, Coleman, Pacific Outdoor, Swiss Gear and Textsport. Whether it’s truck tents or camp showers, you’ll find it here. For a limited time, spend $49 or more and shipping is free!
3. Cabela’s - Right now, Cabela’s is having their ‘Lets Go Camping’ sale. It’s the perfect time to gear up on camping essentials. Shop the huge selection of tents, sleeping bags, cots, camp furniture, outdoor cooking items, lights, tools, luggage and outdoor games and toys. Tents start around $50, sleeping bags at $29.99 and camp stoves under $100. Take a few extra minutes to check out the Bargain Cave. Quantities are limited, but there are deeper discounts on select camping essentials. Now through June 17th, shipping is only $5 if you spend $99 or more with this Cabela’s coupon.
4. Gander Mountain - Not only will you find low prices on everything you need for the next camping trip, but shipping is free on all items! Shop hundreds of items including tents, shelters, sleeping bags, packs, kayaks, coolers, compasses, lanterns, camp showers, camp toilets and safety kits. For a limited time save up to $100 on select outdoor cooking products. Don’t forget to check out the resource center for state regulations, licenses and camp grounds in your area.
5. Campmor - This is your one stop shop for all things camping! You’ll find the hottest deals on packs, sleeping gear, camp furniture, tents and outdoor apparel. Check out the latest price breaks and the deal pages for discounts on camping essentials. Campmor provides their customers with big brands including Eureka, Coleman, Marmot, The North Face, Mountain Hardware, Big Agnes and Kelty. Shipping is free when you spend $100 or more.