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If you're planning a summer camping trip, it pays to think ahead. June is the best month to find discounted prices on camping gear, according to research from Sara Skirboll, the shopping and trends expert at RetailMeNot. But if you're planning some last-minute outings, don't worry: August is a good time to find deals, too.
"With Father's Day falling in June, shoppers historically see more consistent and stronger deals on outdoor gear versus any other month of the year," she tells CNBC Make It. "During this seasonal period, retailers who sell camping gear offer savings as deep as 50 percent off."
On average, camping and outdoor gear is around 24 percent off in June. The month is prime time for campers to capitalize on two holidays' worth of sales: Father's Day falls in the beginning of the month and stores gear up for Fourth of July at the end, Skirboll says. She also recommends keeping an eye on retailers that specialize in outdoor equipment, such as Dick's Sporting Goods, Bass Pro Shops or Cabela's, which have offered camping gear and tents up to 70 percent off in the past.
If you've waited until mid-summer to plan your trip, you'll find that camping gear is an average of 20 percent off, according to RetailMeNot. "Shoppers are still able to find strong offers in August if they do their research, especially in the back half of the month leading up to Labor Day Weekend sales," Skirboll says.