I personally love camping. Some of my best childhood memories are from times camping with my family in Maine. Unfortunately after I graduated from high school and moved to New York City, camping just became a distant memory. I had a small apartment, so I didn’t have a place to store any camping gear, and I didn’t own a vehicle. Fast forward 10 years and I now live in sunny Los Angeles. Not only do I have a vehicle that allows me to take short camping trips whenever I want to, I also finally have an apartment that has a bit of extra space. LA is just as expensive as NYC, but you do get more bang for buck.
I now go camping all of the time! My boyfriend and I will decide last minute to go camping after work on Friday. We just quickly load up one of our cars and drive to the desert. Joshua Tree is definitely one of my favorite places to camp in Southern California. With little light pollution, the stars are breathtaking. If neither of us are feeling the 2.5 hour drive, we camp nearby. There are some many beautiful camping spots within an hour from Los Angeles such as Lancaster and the National Forest.
If you love to camp or you have someone special in your life who does, check out our holiday gift guide for the happy camper. All of the items below will make a good addition to any adventure lover’s camping gear and everything is under $50. Woot!
Love Camping? Shop This Budget-Friendly Holiday Gift Guide!
- Rechargeable LED Camping Lantern: $23.99 for a pack of 2
- Two Person Tent: $49.99
- Inflatable Sleeping Pad for Camping: $39.95
- Camping Hammock: $13.69
- Mini First Aid Kit: $19.99
- Solar Powered Portable Charger: $29.99
- Marshmallow Roasting Sticks: $30.99
- Stainless Steel 5-in-1 Camping Utensil—it’s a spoon, knife, fork, bottle opener, and can opener: $8.99 for a pack of 2
- Sleeping Bag: $28.50
- Compressible Camping Pillow: $19.95
All of the items below are under $50, so no need to break the bank. For easy shopping, just click on the images below: