January Sales: Camping Gear

Ashley B | January 3, 2013 | 15 Comments

In most places, now is not the most popular time to go camping as a family. There are some exceptions, of course: If you live in the hotter states in the country, then now may be the best time to go camping! Either way, January is a good time to buy camping gear. The lower demand for outdoor sporting supplies lends itself well to a drop in prices, and you can certainly benefit if you were planning on replenishing your stock of camping goods for the spring or summer. While you probably won’t find great deals on camping supplies that are specifically for use in the winter, prices may be low on tents and other camping gear that you’ll need. Here are some things to consider buying now:

  • Tents.  Unless you plan on camping in very cold temperatures, you’re most likely to need a three-season tent, which will keep you fairly comfortable through the spring, summer and fall. Campground tents will usually suit your purpose if you’re going to be camping during fair or maybe rainy weather. A wilderness tent will be necessary if you want to camp during windy or more severe weather. Dome tents set up quickly and easily. It’s a good idea to buy a tent that can hold more than the number of people in your family, if possible. If you are a family of four, for example, buying a six-person tent will give you a bit of breathing room and more space to keep some of your equipment. If your family has grown since the last time you have gone camping, then now’s a great time to upgrade!
  • Sleeping Bags.  When you look at sleeping bags, you’ll notice that they are rated for the minimum temperatures that they can withstand. Remember that if you buy one that is rated for low temperatures, it might be too toasty in the summer. Think about when you will be going camping, and go from there. For general camping, we’ve had good luck with synthetic sleeping bags, as they dry quickly if things get damp for whatever reason. On the other hand, some people swear by goose down sleeping bags because they are so light and easy to transport. Do some research to see which would be better for you, and then look for sales!
  • Accessories.  When you go camping, you will need different supplies than you would if you were, say, staying in a hotel. Remember that everything that you do will be outdoors, and much of it in the dark. Some of these things are not absolutely necessary, but they make life easier. Remember, too, that if you are camping with friends, you can share some of the items. These include camp stoves, flashlights or lanterns, waterproof matches, charcoal and a first aid kit. All of these items can be purchased now, or whenever you see them on sale, and saved for campouts later in the year.

Do some price-shopping by checking camping/outdoor sporting stores, big box stores like Walmart, as well as online camping stores, like REI. The good news about starting your camping supply shopping now is that you have several months to get everything together before you actually go!

Does your family enjoy camping? What are some must-have items, aside from those listed here?

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  1. Christina Kelbel says:

    Great idea! I love camping, time to go shopping.

  2. Rama says:

    Great list!! everytime I go camping I always forget something

  3. Vonnie says:

    We love camping. A must have for us is camp chairs.

  4. Cheyenne P says:

    I absolutely LOVE camping. Unfortunately we don’t have the storage space for camping gear currently 🙁 One of these days however…but great advice and information I plan on using when the opportunity arises. I can’t wait!

  5. Maddie K. says:

    Hubby and I go camping for two months out of the year (weekends) and we went from an 8×10′ tent to a 14×20. It’s HUGE, but I love the space and the fact that my husband who is tall can stand up in the tent without having to bend over. The extra space was so worth the price of the tent and for our comfort.

  6. Heather says:

    We love camping! Fun to browse items right now too…since it’s snowing outside!

  7. Karen Hand says:

    It has been years since we went camping and I’m sure our tent has gone by the wayside someplace, so thank you for the tips on when to buy tents, as well as what type of tent to purchase.

  8. bella says:

    It is the time for me to get those great deals

  9. Lone Wanderer says:

    Thank you for sharing these tips!

  10. Chrystal D says:

    Thanks for the ideas! I never thought about having the first aid kit!

  11. Heather Hoffman says:

    Thanks for the tip! And now I have some shopping to do 😉

  12. Stacey L says:

    Love camping what a great idea didn’t even think to buy camping stuff duirng the winter and its cheaper.

  13. denise smith says:

    we do alot of camping throughout the summer time that is one of our family`s favorite things to do

  14. christine says:

    never thought about buying in winter….guess its time to go shopping….my family loves camping

  15. Judy Bradley says:

    I love to go camping. Several of my kids and their families & I go camping during Thanksgiving week. It is not so hot and not so crowded. I wish I could go camping more often but it is difficult being alone and living where it is hot & buggy.

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