Costco offers more than 50-pound bags of rice and a lifetime supply of paper towels. If you’re a nature lover, it’s the perfect place to buy what you need for your outdoor adventures. And the best part is Costco camping and outdoor items are lower priced than many other retailers.
Costco camping gear and supplies: Quality camping items at a great price!
Around here, we like buying quality outdoor gear at low prices! We’re sure you do too!
Costco has excellent in-store prices every day, but if you can get an item on sale, it’s even better. Of course, you can get similar prices at Costco online, but in-store purchases are often slightly cheaper.
And if an item you buy goes on sale within 30 days of your purchase, you can ask for a price adjustment. Also, you can’t beat the Costco return policy if you find something wrong with a product.
The only downside is Costco doesn’t always restock the same items. Once they sell out of some things, they don’t get them back. You’re never guaranteed the same products will be offered next season. In other words, if you see something you need or want at Costco at a reasonable price, it’s best not to wait too long to buy it.
Costco camping items
Costco sells a few different tents each season. They’re usually brand names, like Coleman and Core Equipment, and cost around 15-20% less than other retailers.
For example, we found a 10-person Core Equipment tent at our local Costco for $239.99. It was on Costco.com for $249.99. And it was for sale at other retailers from $299.99 and up.
Costco camping chairs
Costco has whatever you’re looking for in a camping chair! They have basic director chairs, rocking chairs, beach chairs, and zero-gravity loungers.
Cots, air mattresses, & hammocks
Costco also has a few items that can help you sleep comfortably while camping. This year, they had folding cots, bunk cots, hammocks, sleeping pads, and queen-size air mattresses.
If you’re looking for a new camping cooler, check out what Costco has available! They have quality coolers at a great price from brands like Igloo and Titan.
For example, our local Costco had an Igloo 62-quart Maxcold Roller Cooler for $44.99 in-store. But it was $59.99 online at Costco.com and available at other retailers for $62.99 and up. So, in this case, the in-store price just can’t be beat!
Camp stoves & tabletop grills
In some seasons, Costco also sells camp stoves and tabletop grills for cooking at the campsite. They only had one of each available when we looked, but it’s worth checking there first if you need a stove or grill.
More Costco camping items
As mentioned earlier, most camping items at Costco are available seasonally. So once they’re sold out, you might not see them at Costco again. In other words, the items listed below might not be available. But this is a good example of the great camping finds you can get at Costco.
- Sleeping bags
- Flashlights and lanterns
- Camp table
- Camping pantry
- Packable blanket
- Trekking poles
- Water purifying filters
- Bug spray
- Cook sets
- Water bottles
- Insulated mugs
- Beach towels
Other outdoor items at Costco
You can find other outdoor gear and items at Costco too! So if you need boating, fishing, biking, golfing, or paddling gear, check to see if Costco sells it. They often have kayaks, snorkels, tubes, bikes, golf clubs, and more.
Other ways to save money on your camping adventures with Costco
Besides camping and outdoor gear, there are other ways to save on camping! Buying camping food and supplies at Costco is another way to save money.
Costco offers backpacking meals and other packable meal options. You can also get things like water, snacks, disposable dinnerware, food storage, and BBQ pellets, to name a few.
Also, if you need a propane tank for your RV or grill refilled, you might be able to do it for less at your local Costco. Some of the warehouses with Tire Services offer propane tank refills.
Plus, when traveling, you can map out Costco stores along your route to save even more with Costco gasoline! It’s common to save $.15 to $.30/gallon on fuel, depending on your area. The savings can really add up!
And if you’re in the market for a new RV, the Costco Auto Program has an RV-buying program. You can use a local participating dealer and access “Costco Member-Only” pricing.
Costco partners with other companies to bring members exclusive discounts through the Costco Next program. To see the brands available through Costco Next, go here.
For a camping-related example— Costco offers discounts through the supplier, Klymit. If you enter your name and Costco membership number on the transfer page at Costconext.com, you can view the offers from Klymit. Klymit offers camping items like sleeping bags, tents, and other camping gear.
Costco camping savings summary
- Check Costco’s seasonal items and prices before buying camping gear from other retailers.
- Whenever possible, make in-store purchases. They’re often cheaper than Costco.com.
- Sale prices are usually excellent deals.
- Shop at the end of the season for the best deals.
- Generally, Costco price tags ending in $.97, $.88, and $.00 (instead of $.99) indicate an item is marked down.
- Asterisks on a price tag usually mean the item’s stock is low and may not get restocked.
- Costco will usually refund the difference if you buy an item that goes on sale within 30 days.
- Buy camping food in bulk (if the per unit price is cheap), divide it into camping-sized portions, or share it with others!
A basic Costco (Gold Star) annual membership is $60/year, and the Executive membership is $120 (with a 2% yearly purchase reward).
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