The average one-time cost of camping gear can range as high as almost $2,800. If a family decides to invest in a pop-up camper or an RV, these costs easily soar into the tens of thousands of dollars. In addition to the initial equipment needed, outdoor sporting equipment, hunting gear, park fees, and other camping expenses can quickly add up. However, you shouldn’t let these numbers deter you from trying out new gear and equipment for your next camping trip, and you can find some alternative, cost-effective options in the following ways.
Sign up for an outdoorsy subscription box
No matter what you are looking for, subscription boxes have revolutionized the way that consumers discover new products. When it comes to camping and outdoor recreation, this is especially true. For one low fee, monthly shipments of new products from emerging outdoor-related brands can be sent to your home for you to try. These products are often discounted from what you’d normally pay in stores. For example, the makers of Mystery Tackle Box send subscribers a selection of lures, bait, and tackle at a substantial discount. Other available outdoor subscription boxes include Hiker Crate, Alpha Outpost, BattlBox, and Postfly.
Buy & try smaller, trial sizes
Bug bites, blisters, sunburns, and few opportunities to shower are all common situations experienced while camping. However, buying brand new, full-size products for each of these (and other) concerns can be expensive and impractical. Additionally, if you’ve never tried certain outdoor-specific products, it is important to try the product first before committing to a larger size. Camping and outdoor stores offer many trial sizes of each of their top outdoor health and body essentials, both online and in-stores. Aside from camping/outdoor specific stores, Amazon is also an excellent place to browse and purchase trial sizes.
Search the web for free trial offers
Have a favorite outdoor brand? Planning a larger outdoor equipment purchase in the near future? Most companies regularly offer online coupon codes and free trials for new customers. The best way to stay in-the-know about current promotions is to visit a brand’s website and sign up for their email newsletter. You can also search the web using the brand’s name paired with “coupon code” or “free trial.” By doing this, you can view all available coupon codes and special offers for almost any brand or website.
Finding and buying new outdoor products and equipment doesn’t have to cost a small fortune. By knowing where to look, you can try a wide range of exciting gear for your next outdoor excursion.