Stocking up on great budget travel tips will keep your backpacking trip as cheap as possible. Looking after your money starts before you have even set off on your trip and so within these pages you will find advice about how to save money for your backpacking trip, as well as what you can do to keep the cost of travel to a minimum when you’re on the road. We collected short but helpful tips when you go backpacking. These mostly follow the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” slogan.
- Nylon rope can be used as shoe laces.
- Use a large zip lock plastic bag, filled with air, as a pillow.
- A plastic bottle makes a good latrine for cold weather camping. (You don’t have to ‘go’ very far from your sleeping bag). Keep it just outside the tent flap.
- Carry several pieces of lumber cut into two-inch squares to summer camp and use these to level platform, tent, and cot.
- Old shower curtains make great ground tarps.
- Waterproof matches by dipping them in nail polish.
- Waterproof matches by dipping in melted paraffin.
- Make fire starters by filling paper condiment cups with saw dust and pouring paraffin into the cup.
- A length of chain and a piece of coat hanger bent into an S-shape will allow you to hang your lantern from a tree limb.
- Keep batteries in prescription bottles.
- A frisbee will add support to paper plates when the plate is place inside the frisbee.
- Laundry lint makes good tinder.
- Keep the water in your canteen cooler by wrapping the canteen in foil.
- When it comes time to pack up at the end of a camp, a wet toothbrush, facecloth and bar of soap wrapped in foil won’t dampen the other things in your kit.
- To prevent batteries from wearing down if a flashlight is accidentally nudged on while you’re traveling, put the flashlight batteries in backwards.
- Wrap fishing gear in foil to keep line from tangling and hooks from rusting.By lining the compartments of a tackle box with foil, you can prevent rust damage to plugs and other equipment.
- To remove musty smell from canteen, put three teaspoons of baking soda into the canteen with a bit of water. Swish it around and let sit for an hour,then rinse out the canteen.
- An empty plastic soda bottle, cut off to a convenient height, will work as a camp bowl. You may want to sandpaper the cut to smooth the edge.
- Save inner cardboard tubes from kitchen and toilet rolls, stuff with wastepaper and use as fire-lighters.
- Use zip-lock bags for mixing foods, be sure it is closed tight and the top is held shut before shaking or kneading.
Before your backpacking trip you will be doing a lot of pre-planning, research and – best of all – saving money. Saving cash can be hard work, not to mention time consuming, and it can feel like you’re putting our life on hold because you can’t spend your money enjoying the here and now.
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