How to Make Your Backpacking Trips CHEAPER!


Other than the up-front gear cost, backpacking can be a pretty cheap hobby, here we sit down and discuss some easy ways you can shave even more off of total trip costs. The cheaper you can make backpacking, the more likely you probably are to go do it!

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what are you talking about today so today we got asked an interesting question about you know what can you do to help keep your backpacking trips a little bit more affordable and we were thinking about that and we're like yeah you know I think I think there are a lot of good tips and tricks out there to help in general keep the cost of those backpacking trips down um we like many other people have the bad habit of getting super excited for our trips and wanting to invest in new gear last-minute and buy new fun stuff all the time so with this video we're gonna get away from that and we're gonna talk about the opposite and make it cheaper how to make it cheaper more affordable backpacking itself if you actually think about it sounds and feels like a really cheap hobby because you don't have paid to sleep anywhere usually but if you factor in the gear cost and especially transportation costs to where you're gonna go it can be expensive so obviously the first thing we're going to tell you is the the most the easiest thing to make your trips cheaper is to go local cut out your transportation costs but that's a boring thing to say yeah we're gonna now talk and then we're gonna assume your gear enough to go for like a really big trip so the next point of advice is consider planning your trips around going to a National Forest specifically versus a state park a national park or State Forest generally speaking national forests you can go camp wherever you want for zero dollars now you have to check the regulations of the current forest forest you're in but you can make a blanket statement and say national forests usually they're they don't there's some rough guidelines and where to go but it doesn't cost money and they're easier to deal with it's a lot cheaper than going to do a national park yeah obviously whatever state you live in like research your local state park state forces that type of thing and you know obviously they vary state to state but we've found national forests to be consistently the most affordable places to go to tip number three and if you've been with the channel for a while you know this is something we do a lot of dehydrate your own food if you have the time and the means to do it if you look at your trip costs other than transportation which will probably be the biggest cost your next biggest cost is probably gonna be food yeah and if you dehydrate your own food now granted there's upfront cost of a dehydrator if you don't have one but you can make things like like they won't be as good as a mountain house especially if you're first starting out but they'll be pretty good and they'll be like a sixth of the cost of something like that definitely you know it's maybe maybe you're dehydrating or maybe you're buying the more affordable camp food you know your typical hyper trash yeah there's other other means to get cheaper food other than dehydrate it go pasta sides yeah I mean if you're backpacking on a regular basis you know considering investing in a dehydrator and then that'll help you know in the future when you take your big trips keep that cost down another thing is if you're going for six or seven days you can bulk dehydrate food especially if you're going with other people and you can split that cost and yeah you know we did that for Isle Royale we did that for Colorado Trail and we were making like nice dinners for less than a dollar fees yep next one's kinda controversial and I have mixed feelings on this but it all depends I make a trip cheaper though it will make your trip cheaper if you can and you feel comfortable and you trust the people that you're with you could potentially share certain gear items so for example if I didn't have something that was needed for the trip like let's say we were going canoeing and you had a canoe and I didn't yeah like um I would you know sit in the canoe with you you chair the pan we would share that can use that for things like water filters and stove yes that but please please please we I would prefer that everybody try to be as self-sufficient as possible but you know Kevin and I trust each other and you know we share gear all the time so if you have that type of friendship or you trust the people that you're with instead of having to buy something you could potentially share a piece of gear all right so one of the biggest costs if you're traveling obviously is transportation costs the only tip that I can offer here is plan ahead yes of course like if we're talking about flying you know you can get some great last-minute deals here and there but if you plan far enough in advance you can really start to like research how much it's going to cost to travel to certain areas rather than waiting last minute obviously you're waiting a month before to book your your tickets or write your car or something like that and also if you if you plan far enough ahead you know maybe you'll also discover additional resources for transportation that will help you some things that we've done is you know like ride-sharing or so that way we don't have to rent a car those types of things so plan ahead and really really research the the transportation cost and I guarantee you you'll find some you'll find some benefit there piggybacking off of that tip the next tip we'll say is if you're going with more than another person or so consider renting an Airbnb over a hotel there are several advantages there we use them for our trips one they're usually further outside the city and thus closer to the trailhead or something like that – they're significantly cheaper than hotels especially you have a group of people and then three the nice thing about things like an Airbnb is they're gonna have like a washer and dryer you're gonna have a kitchen so if you need to do some last-minute prepping or let's say you're coming off the trail and you want to clean your clothes Airbnb has that advantage so if you're if you're traveling and doing lodging really consider an Airbnb yeah that's been a it's been a great service for us next another a little trip we've just we've seen from traveling for our backpacking trips do not buy stuff at your destination assuming you're going somewhere popular stuff is more expensive there so for instance if we were to buy food at Isle Royal it's it's an island it's significantly more expensive to buy gear and supplies there just like it's significantly more expensive to buy stuff in Colorado than it is in Ohio maybe it's just it's if you get to this little resort areas stuff tiny little supplies it's just more expensive so assuming you live in an area that's cheaper than where you're going buy as much as you can before you leave yep next tip budget your trips appropriately now this sounds kind of a good life tip yeah this is a life tip in general but this sounds kind of stupid but I will say that we honestly do this we we break out our trips based on costs and we assign cost to each trip and then we ensure that we're meeting the budget goals of that trip and that helps control spending it sounds stupid and you know it may work for some it may not work for others but in all honesty Kevin and I do sit down say we're going to spend X amount of dollars going to Colorado and then we're going to stay within that budget and then one big mistake I've seen people do when this is you you don't factor in gear upgrades again what we talked about it's like you get super excited about a really cool trip and they're awesome you want to buy some gear so make sure you factor that into that new cool yeah make sure you factor that into that budget pack but I mean sounds kind of dumb but this is just good you know financial you know preventative tear I guess make sure you're budgeting properly last little tip it kind of piggy piggy backs off of what Andy was just talking about build your trips around the gear that you already have as sad as that is Annie and I have been obsessed with the idea of pack rafting for last like two years we'd love to do a pack rafting trip we're not gonna go buy a pack raft for a pack rafting trip maybe we'll rent one yeah but stick to the gear you already have for the trips you want to do try to avoid planning trips that require you to buy really expensive stuff so the things that jump to mine are like canoes kayaks stuff like that but it could be such things as bigger and lighter packs just stick to what you have it'll be cheaper in the long run yep well hopefully this was helpful I'm sure you all have some great ideas as well be sure to leave them in the comments below as always appreciate you watching and sticking with us so thanks we'll see you soon

29 thoughts on “How to Make Your Backpacking Trips CHEAPER!”

  1. Regarding dehydrating your own food, I vehemently disagree that it's not as good as Mountain House stuff. Dehydrating your own is not only much, much cheaper, it tastes infinitely better. I can make my own, spice it exactly to my taste, dehydrate it and know it's going to taste great. Plenty of web sites and YouTube vids on doing your own dehydrating, and a decent dehydrator can be had for around $50-80. Since I started making my own, I never buy commercially prepared food anymore.

  2. Good gear can be expensive and is very tempting, seeing all kinds of great gear on YouTube videos. Shop around, give family members gear gift ideas, and possibly seek out garage sales. I have found some good items at garage sales that I still am using. Found a nice pack for $10. It was brand new and had only been used once.

  3. Great recommendations! I watch for seasonal clearance sales (REI, Cabela's, etc) to upgrade pieces of gear over time. Heading to Isle Royale next week – staying at an Airbnb in downtown Duluth on my way there.

  4. Great sound advice. Dehydrating my own meals has made a noticeable difference my trip cost. In Northeast PA we have some great free low restriction areas to backpack and car camp in. Also the Catskills is about 2 hours away it is free to backpack there as well.

  5. Hello Kevin hello Andy
    I do try to keep my trips as cheap as possible mainly because I go to the Cuyahoga valley which is free to camp anywhere I choose
    at least that's my understanding for the past 30 years if something has changed I am not aware of
    And I have always done it with my bike so basically I bike camp
    And never have a campfire that's one thing I never bother with not once

  6. Don't raise an eyebrow, but sometimes it's easier and cheaper to ride a bus. Especially if your going out for weeks or maybe months on a long hike or end-to-ender and you're guessing give or take a day or two when you'll finish. It's pretty easy to buy a one-way bus ticket to get back home from just about anywhere and Greyhound even has a phone app and e-tickets now. And as a bonus, riding a bus is one of those adventures you'll never forget! I guarantee it

  7. Borrow gear from a backpacking friend. I’ve taken a friend backpacking and loaned him most of the major gear. Yeah, he had older heavier gear but he got to go when he might not have otherwise. Just remember to teach them how to use it before they go. And realize they might not treat it as delicate as you would.

  8. Hello gentlemen, thank you for sharing your great tips on reducing costs when heading into the outdoors. Your info is greatly appreciated. You guys take care, be safe and always have fun. πŸ€—

  9. Hello gentlemen, thank you for sharing your great tips on reducing costs when heading into the outdoors. Your info is greatly appreciated. You guys take care, be safe and always have fun. πŸ€—

  10. What is the farthest you will drive before considering flying? For instance I want to go to Maroon Bells, 18 hours drive vs 3-4 hour flight? You consider plane tickets car rental buying supplies in Colorado. I think it would be cheaper to drive.

  11. Not sure you didn't know this, but Moose was abundant, didn't need mountain house on Isle Royale. Eat local. Also, while sharing gear, please do not share your toothbrush! Every time I watch you Columbus guys I have to run out and get something new. So impossible to stick to the gear I have. Just got a sven saw last week. Thanks, you guys always have great information.

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