Helpful Packing List and Budget for Arizona Camping Road Trip

Packing List:

  • Camping supplies
    • tent
    • sleeping bag/mattresses/pillows
    • lantern
    • chairs
    • cookware
    • tarp
    • disposable eating utensils/plates/napkins/cups
  • Hiking
    • boots/socks
    • 3 hiking outfits (2 shorts, 1 pants, 3 t-shirts)
  • Clothing for 1 cold weather day
  • Clothing for 2 hot weather days
  • Sleepwear
  • Socks, underwear, bras
  • Camera
    • mirrorless & DSLR
    • case
    • extra batteries
    • chargers
  • Car supplies
    • flashlight
    • extra water 5-gallon (this is so important in Arizona!)
    • towels (randomly I always need towels on road trips)
  • Misc
    • wine (duh)
    • bread & stuff for sandwiches, snacks
    • cooler
    • thermoses & water bottles

Cost Breakdown By Day

  • Day 1
    • Coffee, breakfast, snacks from home – $0
    • 1 tank of gas – $43
    • Lunch in Prescott – $15 for the tip (Special thanks to Bill’s Grill for hosting us!)
    • Hike in Prescott – Free
    • Dinner – $5 (sandwiches with supplies from the grocery store)
    • Campsite – $20
    • Total for Day 1 – $83 ($41.5/person)
  • Day 2
    • Coffee & protein bars from home for breakfast – $0
    • Day pass for Sedona – $5
    • Hikes in Sedona – Free
    • Lunch in Sedona – $20 (sandwiches from Secret Garden Cafe)
    • Dinner in Flagstaff – $15
    • Airbnb – $56*
    • Total for Day 2: $96 ($48/person)
  • Day 3
    • Coffee & breakfast in Flagstaff – $20**
    • 1 tank of gas – $47
    • Lunch – $5 (sandwich supplies from home)
    • Hike in Flagstaff – Free
    • Dinner at home – Free
    • Total for Day 3 – $72 ($36/person)
  • Total cost for trip – $251 ($125.5/person)

*I would like to note that it’s totally possible to find a cheaper Airbnb or to camp this night too, saving some money there is really easy.

**Coffee and breakfast here could be cheaper, we chose a cute cafe because we wanted to have a fun “Flagstaff experience” this day


Hopefully this is helpful in providing some realistic cost breakdowns on how to effectively plan/budget a weekend road trip in Arizona. We’re sure our next one will be even cheaper once we get some more experience on where we are willing to spend money and where we think we could save.

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