with No Budget!
Welcome to Camping with No Budget! I put this site
together because I really believe that everyone can benefit from
experiencing the outdoors on a one to one level . The problem is many
of us cant afford the cost of the high tech and high end gear
that everyone seems to think is MANDATORY for a good camping, hiking,
hunting or other outdoor experiences. Im here to tell you that those
say that are dead wrong! And to prove it to you, Im putting my money
(or lack there of) where my mouth is!. Im going to show you in the
following pages how you can get a basic outdoor kit together without
breaking your pocket book and still come out with a decent rig. Some of
the stuff here is to get your mind moving, other stuff is gear that I
think would serve someone for many years to come. So now you have no
excuse! you can get out into the woods if you have the will, and the
ingenuity to produce your own gear!
I would like to thank all the good people on the Hoodlums forum
for all the great comments and ideas over the years that lead to
In addition, It is vital that you develop the skills to USE the gear
your making, and the best source for instruction by far is the Woodsmaster Series
and Karen Hood!
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Safety Note: Be sure to wear safety glasses when working with
tools! Also sheet metal can cut you as easy as a knife so use
leather work gloves when making hobo stoves, cook cans or any other
sheet metal product!
My Project Starter!
When I started out with this, I was
thinking that I really wanted to
see if someone could put an entire camping outfit together with no or
very very little money (10 Dollars or less)
I used my scrounging skills to begin this hunt and came up with the
old backpacks: one a kids backpack with a broken strap( good for extra
materials) and an old medium Alice pack that had seen MANY better days
but with a little TLC is serviceable.
one woman's nylon purse
one length of industrial band saw blade
one large old can
one coffee can
one small and bent T-Fal skillet
one old hammer
old pair of pliers
blue tarp that might have come from a dining fly set
one pink thermal blanket
one large nail
one old wool dress sock
one spool of twine
one half roll of duck tape
below is what I made with all of this.
all fairness, a lot of people who go into the woods want a decent
rifle. Now this was not found in the trash, instead it was on its way
to the trash and was intercepted by me. Apparently this Stevens Model
15A survived a house fire. the stock is blackened but serviceable and
the gun itself is fully functional. The man who was going to throw it
away gave it to me, thinking it would not work. I got it full of used
motor oil and had to clean it for an hr. then boil out the bolt. When I
got done, I had in my hand the most hideous looking firearm I have ever
seen. I took it to the range and I hit the 10 ring with every shot! I
have since put 300 rounds through it and I really like this fugly