Prepping for a birthday camping trip with all the kiddos and my sweet Momma is no small feat. We’re talking about gear, snacks, and supplies for an outdoor and adventure loving 1-year-old, tween, preteen, teen, and three adults (ages withheld ha!).
7 people and yes, that is a three room tent, 7 sleeping bags, 7 sleeping pads, and a lot of other “basic” gear. 😀
This Trip Is Going To Break Our Goal Budget.
We had been averaging $100 per weekend getaway including snacks but excluding gas for our family of 6. Right now, we’re at $280 for our stay and one attraction. That isn’t including the hefty investment into new gear for our expanding family.
It’s An Investment.
Although we are saving up for our own mini-farm and trying to cut costs wherever we can, we still want to enjoy life and show our kids that “money isn’t everything”. Frugality can be a real and enjoyable lifestyle.
That said, we don’t camp because we’re too cheap to stay in hotels. We camp because we love the lifestyle. We camp because we can reuse, recycle, and McGuyver our way through adventure after adventure in the great outdoors.
We can take “our” stuff with us when we go and pack it away when we aren’t using it. Each person has their own pillow, sleeping bag, etc. Everything is packed up in or on our Suburban. It’s comforting, reassuring, and welcoming. Everything we don’t feel in a strange hotel room.
To us, camping gear is more of a mental, emotional, and spiritual investment in ourselves and our kids.