Now that the school year is coming to a close, only one thing is on everyone’s mind…vacation! If you already blew through your tax refund, no worries! Today I am going to talk to you about camping. I am relatively new to the camping world, so I got some advice from my friends to bring you money saving tips and tricks.
I will never forget my first camping experience, Brownie camping weekend. I was miserable and on the phone begging to come home. 14 years later, I have opened my mind to the outdoors.
The past two years I visited the 1000 Islands. Located along the border of Northern New York State and Southeastern Ontario, Canada, it’s a beautiful vacation destination. Fresh out of college I cannot quite afford a vacation house to rent, so this year I am packing up and going camping! Here’s how…
Visit the site: https://parks.ny.gov/parks/52/details.aspx
Here you are able to book your reservation for a campsite. I choose Wellesley Island State Park. You can stay in a cabin or you can reserve a campsite. The campsites go for around $24 a night. The cabins are pricier at $73.50 a night. I booked a reservation for 3 nights at the beginning of May and only spent a total of $98. Try renting a house for that price!
On the site is an interactive map; you are able to select your exact spot. We chose a spot right on the water. Because I booked so early in May, I had many options but also a few downfalls. In early May the water is freezing! The days can range from mid 40s-high 60’s with a high chance of rain.
During the day you can:
- Rent kayaks
- Go boating
- Take a scenic hike
- Go fishing
- Take a bike ride
- Go for a motorcycle ride
- Take a day trip into Canada on a ferry
- Relax by the water (my favorite)
There are so many things to do; I am crossing my fingers for a beautiful weekend!
I am letting my boyfriend do the packing, like I said I am new to camping and would definitely leave essential items out.
Here is Colin’s must have list:
- Sleeping bags
- Air mattress (optional)
- Charcoal grill for cooking- There is one provided at the campsite!
- Water, burgers, hot dogs
- Bug Net
- Utility knife
- Flash lights
- Rain gear
- Bug Spray
- SUN SCREEN!!!!! (OK I wrote this one…)
This camping trip is a celebration of graduation and I am looking forward to it! It will defiantly beat Girl Scout camp. State parks are beautiful and we must treat them with respect for future generations to enjoy. Consider making a donation to a New York state park here: https://nht.wufoo.com/forms/thank-you-for-your-support/?utm_source=RA%2520Facility%2520Page&utm_medium=Banner&utm_campaign=Donation%2520
**The NHT is a 501 (c) (3) charitable trust created to receive and administer gifts in support of parks, land, and water conservation and historic preservation in New York State. Your donation is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
Or keep up on your safety here: https://newyorkstateparks.reserveamerica.com/ny/state/campgrounds/r/campgroundDirectoryList.do?contractCode=NY