Helpful Packing/Cost List For Autumn Weekend In Tonto National Forest

Packing List:

  • Bedding
    • sheets
    • pillows
    • comforter
  • Cookware
    • pans
    • plates
    • utensils
    • cups
    • cutting boards, etc.
  • Hiking gear
    • Boots
    • socks
    • warm leggings
    • sweatshirts/jackets
    • hats
    • backpacks
  • Normal clothes
    • sleepwear
    • lounge stuff
    • warm stuff for nights
  • Food
    • Granola/protein bars
    • Popcorn
    • Easy stirfry veggies
    • pre-baked potatoes
    • carrots
    • bread
    • lunch meat
    • tuna in pouch
  • Misc
    • BOOKS BITCHES
    • toothpaste/toothbrush/floss
    • deodorant/facewash/lotion
    • bug spray/bug candle
    • lanterns
    • headlamps
    • TP
    • trowel
    • lighter
    • firestarter logs/newspaper

Cost Breakdown Per Day

  • Day 1
    • Breakfast & lunch at home
    • Pick up trailer, head to Payson
    • Tank of gas – $30
    • Dinner from cooler at campsite ~$5/person
    • Firewood -$10
  • Day 2
    • Breakfast at campsite ~$3/person
    • Hike in Payson – free
    • Lunch downtown Payson -$17/person
    • Drive to new campsite near Pine
    • Dinner from cooler at campsite ~$5/person
    • Firewood – $10
  • Day 3
    • Breakfast at campsite ~$3/person
    • Hike in Pine – free
    • Check out Mogollon Rim – free
    • Lunch at Mogollon Rim out of cooler ~$4/person
    • Tank of gas -$30
    • Dinner at home – free
  • Total for trip: $124 ($62 per person)

This trip really focuses on being as frugal as possible with our food! We ate all our meals (with the exclusion of lunch in Payson) out of a cooler and cooked some dinners with the amazing kitchen setup in the Pin Drop Trailer. We’ll write more about them in the article covering the trip, but they’re a seriously awesome way to explore the Wild West, and super budget-friendly if you want the trailer experience.

We are keeping it local this time, mainly sticking to the Payson/Pine areas due to my intense fear of towing this 1500lb trailer behind my 2010 Subaru. Wish us luck.

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