How to Find Discount Camping Gear

How to Find Discount Camping GearQuality camping gear can easily cost hundreds of dollars. Whether you're looking for something big like a tent or just the right clothes to camp in, knowing when and where to find the best deals can save you a lot of dough.


Difficulty: Easy

Step 1
Have a good idea of what it is you're looking for before you shop. This helps to curb the impulse to buy something just because it's a good deal, as opposed to something you actually need.
Step 2
Check steep discount websites like "Steep and Cheap" and "Mountain Gear's Deal of the Day" regularly. These sites often offer some of the best deals around. But items offered at such a steep discount move quickly, so if you're not fast they'll sell out.
Step 3
Check with discount retailers like Sierra Trading Post, Backcountry Outlet and Campmor before you pay full price. All of the above carry a diverse stock of quality camping gear at low prices, and let you shop online.
Step 4
Buy off-season: Make a wish list for winter gear, and at the end of winter, snag sweet clearance deals. Do the same for summer gear, shopping at the end of summer as retailers are making room for winter gear.
Step 5
Learn when the large outdoor gear outfitters have their clearance or sell-off sales. REI, for example, has a "super clearance" sale twice a year, once in spring and once in fall, in both its retail stores and online outlets. If you want the best deals, shop online just after midnight or wait in line to go in the store the minute doors open.

Tips & Warnings

Always stop and browse in outdoor gear outlets when you're traveling. It only takes a few minutes, and you might find some great deals.

Article Written By Marie Mulrooney

Marie Mulrooney has written professionally since 2001. Her diverse background includes numerous outdoor pursuits, personal training and linguistics. She studied mathematics and contributes regularly to various online publications. Mulrooney's print publication credits include national magazines, poetry awards and long-lived columns about local outdoor adventures.

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