Frequent campers are well aware of the costs that can accumulate while purchasing camping supplies. Durable equipment is a must, because you want this purchase to last a long time. Food and other more expendable supplies, on the other hand, are a recurring hassle because they have to be bought over and over again. If you can save on the cost of supplies, it will earn you more money for more trips.

Make a list of the supplies you find yourself buying over and over. Then, during the off-season, look for ways to stock up and save money. Target, Wal-mart and other retail stores often have sales on camping equipment during the fall and winter, especially on stoves, tents, and sleeping bags. Even though you may not need them right now, you might be able to save money by buying items like ponchos and miscellaneous camping gear when they go on clearance in early fall as well.

Think about the food you normally bring along on your trips. Grocery stores will have specials on dried soups and drinks you like to take along even if you camp year round. Take advantage on any promotional offers on frozen vegetables and other ingredients you may need. You can cook them up before taking them along for the ride, and you can store it in the freezer if it is not yet needed.

You might also consider taking a trip to your local bulk supply store. Stuffs like paper plates and cups, dried fruit, trail mixes, snacks and dried soups or drinks can be split throughout the camping season even if bought in bulk. Good deals on grills and other supplies can be also found in some bulk supplies.

The most important way to save money on your camping supplies is to take excellent care of all of them. Simple maintenance on tents, sleeping bags and other gear can save money in the long run, and prevent having to make big purchases over and over again. Cans of waterproofing solutions are available at most department and hardware stores, and can be applied yearly to make sure that water damage is no longer a concern.

Careful planning and purchasing of camping supplies throughout the year, not just when you need them, can save you a lot of money in the long run. Some supplies like paper goods and dried foods are okay to buy in bulk. Be aware of any sales and clearance rack during the off season for cheaper supplies. The more money saved on supplies will result on more trips to your favorite destinations all year long.