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Traveling for Less through Camping and Backpacking

Written by Gary Eugene in Travel
Viewed by 51 readers since 11-09-2008

Nowadays, camping is gaining popularity among newly converted enthusiasts. Nature trips and camping are really enticing with all the rivers, lakes, waterfalls, and caves waiting to be found. The adventure of discovering the hidden wonders of Mother Nature is something one cannot find in any other type of activity.

Aside from the things one experiences in camping and backpacking, the cost of arranging a trip is also affordable. You do not need to book hotel accommodations here. All you will need is a good tent, an improvised stove, sleeping gear, and of course, supplies.

For first-timers, it is important to look into a few things before going out to camp. Whether you like it or not, there will always be rules, even in the midst of nature where human civilization is miles away. And the government is rather strict about these rules, especially if the rules are set to protect nature and wildlife.

Before you get fined for violating certain laws against the protection of wildlife, take time to ask around and familiarize yourself with your desired destination. If you can, bring along someone who has had prior camping experience. That way, someone in your team is familiar about ordinances and laws protecting nature and wildlife. Eventually, you avoid violating these ordinances and you can be sure that you will not have to pay a single cent for any violation.

Another thing to take note of is the weather. Be mindful about predicted storms and the like. Camping and backpacking outdoors is not fun when the weather is not at its best. Even if you are spending less for the outing, if it is raining and a storm that has brewed days before your scheduled trip has unleashed its full force on the day of your trip, it is still a waste of money hiking all the way to your destination. You would just end up getting soaked in rain and this literally takes the fun away. Spending for something that is meant to be fun and enjoyable and yet not getting the said fun is wasting money, one way or the other.

Lastly, bring more than enough supplies for your trip. Estimate how much you will probably be consuming all throughout your trip. This guarantees no interruption in your entire activity because you will not need to rush to the nearest town or city just to get something to eat or drink in case shortage happens. Rushing to the nearest town is again, another waste of money and time since you have to adjust your itinerary just to squeeze in the time for buying more supplies.

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