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Budget Family Camping: A Growing Trend

Is the cost of a family vacation a source of concern for you? Airline and train tickets have skyrocketed in recent months due to the rise in gasoline prices. Booking a weekend in a hotel for a family of four could cost the equivalent of a week’s salary, and that does not include meals. These factors leave many families with a small budget wondering how they can afford to take a family vacation without breaking the bank. Budget family camping may be the answer.

The option of packing the family car and driving out to a secluded place at the lake or in the woods sounds ideal to some families. Let’s face it; we all want to get away from the incessant ringing phones, the sound of traffic, and the responsibilities of life now and then.

Budget family camping doesn’t require much planning for a pleasant trip. Many campgrounds around the country offer overnight camping for tent campers ranging anywhere from $7-25 a night which is far less than the cost of even the most budget priced hotel. Even if the family chooses to camp in their Recreational Vehicle (RV) the rates usually, do not exceed $35 per night in all but the most exclusive parks. Most of the government owned National Parks now have online systems in place for booking camping trips in advance. A family can plan their budget family camping trip as much as a year in advance, in almost any state.

Once the reservations are made the family simply packs their bedding, extra clothes, fishing gear, and their food before heading off for their budget family camping trip for some family togetherness time.

If you have never taken a camping trip before you will need to invest in some camping gear which will last for several years. For a family of four your budget family camping trip will require the following gear:

? A good size cooler to keep food and drinks cold

? Disposable cups, plates and silverware

? Quality sleeping bags for each family member ($40-60 per person)

? Tarps for ground cover under the tent (keeps out moisture) around $8-10

? Battery powered lantern, extra batteries (less messy)

? Family tent (buy bigger than you think you need) $80-170

? Basic game gear- balls, bikes, horseshoes, dominoes, cards.

? Fishing tackle box, bait, fishing poles, (optional).

Once you purchase the gear for the first trip you will have what you need for each additional budget family camping trip. You will probably keep adding items as you continue camping. Many campers find it addicting to get away at least once or twice a year with the family.

Kenya Tanzania Backpacker Budget Safari Adventure Information

While on a Kenya Tanzania budget Backpacker safari adventure, getting the right backpack that fits comfortably is important. Surely you should consider what you will be using it for and the types of weights you will be carrying within it. However to make certain that you get the best fit possible and so make sure that you have a backpack that is relaxed you need to know just what length your body is. Below you will be advised what your torso length is and ensure that the backpack you use is as comfortable as possible once on your back.

The first measure the length of your torso, the only way this can be archived is you get a friend to help. What you need them to do is stand behind you and then measure the length of your torso from the top of your shoulders. They should start at the top of the vertebra which stick out the furthest at the top of spine (known as C7) and then measure down to the hip bone. Now that you have this measurement with you, check the torso specifications provided on each backpack and this will help to ensure that you purchase the one that is within your torso range.

In most cases today the backpacks made by most manufacturers come in frame sizes as follows:-

Extra Small – This is for a person who has a torso length of up to 15.5 inches.

Small - This backpack is for those people who have torso lengths of between 16 and 17.5 inches.

Medium or Regular – This backpack will be for those who have a torso length of between 18 and 19.5 inches.

Large or Tall – This backpack is designed for those people who have a torso length of more than 20 inches.

But as well as measuring the length of your torso you need to worry about your waist size, most backpacks including the Osprey Atmos 65 come with hip belts which are adjustable and are able to fit different size waists. Women have designed ones which come with much narrower shoulder straps as well as having conically shaped hip belts also. Also the shorter torso length backpacks available are ideal and have been specifically designed to fit women comfortably, but some men who have much narrower frames may well find that these packs fit them and are extremely comfortable.

Kenya has many campsites with locations that are truly out of this world and for anyone who enjoys budget backpacker adventure, a camping safari holiday in Kenya is a must. Kenya budget Camping guide, we have included the best camping safaris in Kenya

Kenya Camping Holidays, what’s available?

In Kenya there are two types of campsites, luxury camping – these camps have permanent tents complete with en-suite toilets. Budget backpacker camping (actual) camping, you come with your own tent and sometimes all your own equipment, most of these campsites tend be pretty basic and you have to be very self sufficient with the only thing being provided is a shower (mostly hot), a pit latrine for a toilet and wood for the fire. Within the backpacker budget camping group there are private campsites and national campsites, which you find in some reserves in Kenya. The private campsites tend to have better facilities and you often even get the luxury of a flush toilet! They also often have some sort of a restaurant so being totally self-sufficient is not mandatory.

Cheap Camping in the Masai Mara – There many options to camp in the Mara, but many are towards the more luxury end of the market where the tents are more permanent. Budget camps were you bring your own tent are available outside the Talek Gate

Budget Camping New Crocodile Campsite is on the banks of the Talek River and is operated by Edward Lions who has worked on the BBC’s Big Cat Diary

Riverside Campsite is opposite to the New Crocodile Campsite a little further along the Talek River and one of the most established. It is run by the Masai .The campsite has also a permanent shelter which is very useful during the rainy season.

Luxury Camping

Kicheche Camp Masai Mara – This campsite has a relaxed and laid back feel to it and you can be sure that it will never get too overcrowded as they limit the number of guests to 21. Kicheche camp be classified as luxury camping, as each tent has an en-suite bathroom complete with a flushing toilet.

Base Camp Explorer

The Base Camp Explorer in the Masai Mara is located on the banks of the Talek river near the Talek entrance gate. Again it will never feel to overcrowded as it is limited to only 15 tents.

Tips For Vacationing On A Budget

Looking for some vacation money saving ideas? There’s nothing wrong with vacationing on a budget. Hey, we all can’t travel like the rich and famous.

You save all year to get the money for a well earned vacation. You want to stretch your vacation budget but still enjoy yourself. Sounds like a good plan. To help you out I’ve together some vacation money saving ideas that I hope you will find useful.

If you have a particular destination in mind it pays to plan ahead. Research the attractions and facilities. Find out what specials or discounts they may have going. Look for other things to do or see nearby so that you can make good use of your time and cut down on the running from place to place.

Plan your vacation for the off season. You can usually get better deals on lots of things like plane tickets, hotels, car rentals, cruises and lots of other things.

If you have friends or relatives nearby your destination consider asking them if you can stay with them. Don’t be a freeloader though. Even though you help pay for the groceries and other expenses your host incurs, it’s still a good vacation money saving idea.

If you are flying try to plan your trip for when tickets are traditionally cheapest. That would be Feb thru May and September thru December (except the week before Thanksgiving and the two week period before Christmas). Try to avoid flying on Friday afternoons as this is often the busiest time of the week for airlines.

Meals can be expensive at restaurants so you can save some money by packing food for the road.

When eating out try to avoid the places that obviously cater to tourists. Find out where the locals eat. Ask around. The smaller family owned places usually have better food at better prices. You may have to go a little out of your way but it is usually worth it for some vacation money savings.

Hotels are typically more expensive the closer you get to a major attraction. With a little planning you can find a good balance between price and distance.

When picking hotels don’t just go by the ratings. Compare the amenities they offer. Often you will find that you really don’t need everything offered by that 4 star hotel and you can do very nicely at the 3 star…with a better price!

Consider buying or renting an RV. You travel at your own pace. Cooking and bathrooms are always close by. You can meet a lot of other friendly RVers who will usually be glad to point out the best places to go.

When traveling by car you can save fuel by renting a smaller fuel efficient model. Packing light, reducing your speed and maintaining proper tire air pressure will also cut the gas costs.

Make sure that your car is ready for the trip. Good tires, oil change, tune-up and all that good stuff. It’s a heck of a lot cheaper and more convenient to deal with these things before you go rather than on the road somewhere.

Check out the local transportation system of buses, trains or trolleys. These can be considerably cheaper than using taxis.

Camping is a great vacation money saving idea. There are lots of campgrounds around. They are cheap and you may end up with an experience that outshines anything you can get a fancy hotel.

Plan activities that don’t require a lot of money. Hiking, and swimming are good ones. Local Museums and historical sites are often very reasonably priced as well as being quite educational and fun. The big theme parks have their appeal but you can really go through the cash at those places.

Plan picnics. These can be excellent vacation money saving opportunities as well as a chance to really relax and enjoy the local area.

Avoid buying souvenirs. It’s easy to get caught up and blow a bundle on these overpriced goodies. Set some mental rules ahead of time about how much you will spend on souvenirs and it will be easier to stick to it when the time comes.

I hope that you find some of these vacation money saving ideas helpful. Make a plan and stick to it. There’s no reason why you can’t have a great vacation without emptying the bank account

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