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$500 Spring Break Offers Camping Tips for Budget-Friendly Family Vacation Options

  (February 28, 2014)
$500 Spring Break Offers Camping Tips for Budget-Friendly Family Vacation Options

Santa Monica, CA (PRWEB) February 28, 2014

As the hard winter is winding down, many Americans are beginning to make spring break plans for 2014, but a trip for a family of four to a beach destination, or even just a day at an amusement park, can add up to thousands of dollars in a flash. today released a vacation guide to camping that will help families soak up the sun, enjoy time off and create lasting memories all for just $500.

Planning a spring break vacation that requires a hotel stay and airfare gets extremely expensive when booking for the whole family, said consumer savings expert Regina Novickis. There are plenty of campgrounds across America that most people can drive to within a couple of hours. Camping for a few days offers great adventure, the ability to unplug, cook your own meals and enjoy the season with loved ones.

Finding the Campground

From the California coast or deep in the South, there are thousands of campgrounds across the US vacationing families can find within a relatively short road trip distance. Reserve America allows users to search for the nearest campgrounds, specify needs and make reservations for a trip. Whether tent camping, or using an RV, families can use this site and others to narrow down the options. Campground prices range from $15 to $70 a night, varying by location, but still coming in drastically cheaper than hotel rooms.

If tent camping isnt quite the right fit, many of these parks offer cabins available for rent as well. Likewise, for the family who doesnt own an RV but would like to try it, there are many organizations like El Monte RV and Cruise America that allow the rental of motorhomes and trailers. Adding an RV rental can certainly increase the cost of the vacation, but can also allow families to road trip farther distances.

Gear for the Trip

Most people have some sort of camping gear lying around the house, but if not, the basics can be acquired for a great rate. A quick search on shows a four-person tent for $75.00. Picking sleeping bags certainly depends on how cold the location will be. If the temperature isnt too low, families can get away with blankets and pillows from home, but sleeping bags that can withstand 20 degree-temperatures can be found for as low as $50. Not to mention, shoppers can easily find coupons for camping retailers to save over 30% off entire orders on

Its important to do research on the amenities the campground offers to see what is available by way of bathrooms, showers, barbeques and fire pits. If the campsite doesnt offer a barbeque, make sure to find out if it allows campers to bring their own in. If not, the kids will learn a true lesson on roughing it and cooking over the campfire hello hot dogs! Head to the grocery store on the way out of town and stock up on non-perishable foods and snacks, grab a couple cases of water and fill up the ice chest with necessities for the week.

Excursions, Activities, Pass times. Oh My!

Campers wont have to spend too much on entertainment if they find campgrounds that offer hiking trails, lakes to swim in, or are beach side. Families can enjoy all of the free amenities as an added bonus. Many campsites will also host nature walks or educational lessons and activities for kids to take part in for free. Bringing along cards, books and board games helps keep the family entertained while hanging out at the campground as well.

Most of the entertainment items can be scoured from home, but if families do need clothing and footwear for hiking, retailers like Columbia will offer a variety of discounts throughout the year on jackets, shoes, equipment and more. By taking an inventory of what is needed and then tracking the sales online in advance of travel, families can maximize savings. Its always best to purchase gear and clothing at the end of a season in order to save the most money and then put the item away for the following year.

For more information or to find the latest promotional codes and discounts, visit, its Boardwalk Savers blog, or follow the site on Facebook, Twitter, GOOGLE+ or Pinterest. Android and iPhone users can also find the latest deals on the free Coupon App.

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