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How to Save Money on Your UK Camping Holiday

Rebecca Bebbington·Jun 15, 2023

If you’re itching to explore the UK, we’ve uncovered tons of valuable tips and tricks to help you save money on your summer camping adventure.

UK Camping Holidays are the perfect way to experience nature’s beauty, create lasting memories, and enjoy quality time with loved ones al fresco style. Not to mention they are a fantastic and budget-friendly alternative to jetting off abroad.

If you’re thinking about swapping your overseas summer holiday with a UK camping adventure, we’re dishing out our top budget-friendly tips & tricks to help you save money.

Choose Affordable Camping Locations

The cost of camping can vary depending on the location you choose. Make sure you research different campsites in your desired destination and compare the prices for the best deal.

Opt for campsites that offer competitive rates while still providing the amenities you require. Campsite fees can vary depending on location and amenities offered. Research and compare different campsites to find the ones that fit your budget.

Another great way to save on costs is to consider exploring less popular destinations, as they often offer lower prices and a more peaceful camping experience.

And If you’re new to camping, you may need to invest in essential gear such as tents, sleeping bags, cooking equipment, and camping chairs. Look for discounts or consider borrowing equipment from friends or family to save money.

Plan and Prepare

It’s no secret that planning your trip and preparing for all eventualities before you set off can save you a few quid. And one of the major advantages of camping is the opportunity to cook your own meals! Eating out can quickly add up. Save money by preparing your meals at the campsite. Plan simple and delicious recipes ahead of time and shop for groceries at affordable supermarkets or local markets.

Make a meal plan and create a shopping list before your trip. Pack non-perishable items and essentials in bulk to save money. By cooking your meals at the campsite, you not only save money but also enjoy a fun and delicious camping experience.

Another top tip is to consider planning your trip during off-peak seasons when campsite fees are typically lower. Avoid school holidays and peak summer months to secure better deals. Many campsites also offer early booking discounts. Take advantage of these promotions and secure your spot in advance to save money.

It’s also worth exploring free or low-cost camping options. Look for free or low-cost camping alternatives such as wild camping or staying on farms. However, make sure you research the rules and guidelines beforehand for each option to ensure the location is safe!

Be frugal!

Being a frugal camper is the best way to keep costs as low as possible. If you’re typically an over-packer, you might need to adopt some new habits to keep within budget. Here are our top tips:

  • Pack wisely: Make a checklist of essential camping gear and avoid unnecessary purchases. Borrow or rent camping equipment if needed.
  • Save on energy: Opt for energy-efficient camping equipment and use battery-powered devices instead of relying on electricity hookups.
  • Free Activities: Look for free or low-cost activities and attractions in the area. Many camping sites offer beautiful walking trails, wildlife spotting opportunities, and nearby landmarks that can be explored without spending a fortune.
  • Plan your activities: Research free or low-cost activities in the area, such as guided nature walks or cultural events. This way, you can enjoy your holiday without overspending.
  • Transportation: Opt for carpooling or public transportation to save on fuel and parking fees. Additionally, consider renting camping gear at your destination to avoid excess baggage charges.

Consider Caravan Holidays

If you’re not keen on the idea of camping, caravanning might be the ideal solution and is a cost-effective alternative to pricey hotels. Caravan holidays allow you to save on accommodation costs while still enjoying the freedom to explore different locations at your own pace.

Renting a caravan can be a cost-effective option compared to purchasing one. Many caravan parks offer rental services, allowing you to enjoy the experience without the long-term commitment.

And if you’re travelling with friends or family, even better! Splitting the expenses with others can significantly reduce the overall cost of a caravan holiday. By sharing the rental fees and other expenses, you can enjoy the trip while saving money.

And don’t forget to keep an eye out for deals and discounts offered by caravan parks. Eurocamp, Haven and Away Resorts are great places to look and regularly offer deals and codes. These discounts can help you secure a better deal on caravan rentals, site fees, or equipment purchases.

It’s also worth noting for anyone who is renting a caravan or motorhome, apps like Park4Night and Campmate are free to download and can point you in the direction of hundreds of campsites and parking areas in your nearby location. These include reviews and prices to help you find the best deals too.

Take Advantage of Seasonal Discounts and Offers

Camping during the off-peak season can significantly reduce costs! Many campsites offer special discounts and promotions during quieter periods. By planning your trip in advance, you can secure better deals on accommodation and enjoy a less crowded camping experience.

Keep an eye out for special offers and promotional codes on our camping page! And for more money-saving camping tips, see our Camping on a Budget guide or Money Saving Tips for Staycations blog.

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