Going camping is an enjoyable event that creates memories for a lifetime. Being able to find affordable, quality camping gear makes taking that camping trip that much easier. Camping is known to be one of the most economical vacation and now with more affordable camping gear being a lot easier to obtain camping is really a great alternative to those expensive vacations.
Going camping should be all about the fun of spending time with your best buds in the outdoors, not worrying about if after the trip you will have enough money to pay next months rent.
By doing a few searches online you can find many great deals on tents, backpacks and other camping gear. Having slightly used items usually isn't that bad and can save significant amounts of money.
Some of the first places I check for affordable camping gear is the local used sporting good stores, pawn shops and garage sales.
After that I go to Ebay.com and do a few searches for people placing their camping gear up for auction. You can find many affordable items via Ebay alone.
I recommend that you purchase any clothing goods new. While this can drive up costs a little their is something weird about wearing someone else's pants, shoes or hats. This is more of a personal preference kind of thing.
What should you research when buying a slightly used piece of camping gear?
Look over the gear and look for any wear marks, rips, cuts or scrapes. Anything that might make the item unsafe or unusable. If you do see such potential quality blemishes it is best to avoid buying the item or ask for a substantially reduced price.
If you are buying off the internet make sure the seller has a guarantee on quality, if they do not list such a guarantee then ask the seller before buying or bidding.
Following these simple few steps can help you save money and headache when buying affordable camping gear.