How to build a DIY Camping Kit on the Cheap

Looking for ways to save on your camping trips, but don’t want to give anything up? There are many options and things that you can do to save you money and get you out there camping.
Freeze drinking water in 2-liter bottles. Everyone has some 2-liter bottle laying around, inside of buying ice, put drinking water in them and freeze them. They will keep your things cool in your cooler and as they melt you have drinking water for drinking. This is a great hack that is a win-win for everyone. If you do not have a 2-liter laying around, a clean milk jug or other large plastic containers will do just fine as well. This hack will also work to keep your food from drowning in ice.

 

Make a Grill!

Don’t have a grill? No problem, you can grab just about any grate you have laying around. Even the grate inside that stove you never use. You can use rocks or pavers to pile them up and lay the grill on to cook. Metal fence stakes work nicely as well.
Remember those 2 liters filled with water? Well, you can make those into glowing lanterns by putting your headlamp or flashlight up against it. It will create a glow that will illuminate the area should you need to see better.
Instead of tarps, use Tyvek, Tyvek is lightweight and waterproof and costs less than a tarp and is less heavy. Some hardware stores will sell it by the foot. This is the stuff that contractors wrap around houses to protect them.
Skip pre-packaged food. This is usually not good for you anyway and it is more expensive than packing the kits yourself. Makeup food packets to bring along and cook in the fire in tin foil. This will save you a lot of money on food costs as well as packaging waste.

 

Bring along reusables

Bring along real dishes and silverware that you can wash and reuse. All the throwaway things are expensive and just create more of a footprint anyway. If you have reusable, bring it along, and this goes for cups too. If there is drinking water in the area, there is no reason to lug along a case of bottled water. Use your reusable water bottle and fill up at the fountain. If you don’t have reusable that you want to take along with you, a second-hand store would be a great spot to get some. They would have pots and pans as well so that you don’t have to use a lot of expensive tinfoil to cook. Plates that are not made of easily breakable materials are probably best. Even look in the toddler area and use two!
If you don’t camp much? Maybe you have friends or family that you can borrow or rent the equipment from. There are some shops online that also rent out equipment to people as well. Don’t buy new gear when there are second-hand stores, social media marketplaces and Craig’s list around. Surely you can find some camping gear someone is selling for far less than brand new.

Jim Sabellico
Author: Jim Sabellico

Jim Sabellico is the founder of TakeMeCamping.org, and an avid outdoors fan who loves traveling the world with his family, cooking over an open campfire and all things outdoorsy. When Jim isn't camping, he's running his marketing agency J. Louis.

Jim Sabellico

Jim Sabellico

Jim Sabellico is the founder of TakeMeCamping.org, and an avid outdoors fan who loves traveling the world with his family, cooking over an open campfire and all things outdoorsy. When Jim isn't camping, he's running his marketing agency J. Louis.

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