Getting ready for your next adventure? We've got tips on how to score gear from your favorite brands (Patagonia, North Face, Eddie Bauer, etc:) at discounted prices!
Looking for other ways to save money while traveling?
Here are our tips for traveling on a budget!
Need a backpack for your vacations in China, a warm coat for that Lithuanian winter, or some Chacos for your days on the beach in The Dominican Republic?
The truth is you don't need specific gear for traveling. So if you're on a college budget like most of our ILP Volunteers, don't worry ... you don't have to run out and grab all these suggestions! Good quality gear can be quite helpful though so we're always looking for a good deal to get those awesome things we (and you) really want to have. These tips will help you get what you're wanting without breaking the bank.
Here's how we like to get our favorite travel and adventure essentials:
- REI Garage Sale
- Mailing Lists
- The Worn Wear Program
- Facebook Marketplace
- Our Favorite Sites
REI Garage Sale
The REI Garage Sale is an awesome way to get huge discounts on gear. A few times a year, REI has a huge sale where they sell products that have been returned with minor issues and offer them at a killer discount. The sale happens at select times throughout the year (check at your local REI to see) and is exclusively for members.
Sign up to become an REI member here. The cost to be a member is $20 (a one time fee) and gives you access to the garage sales when they happen and also cash back on purchases you make throughout the year! If you shop at REI even every once in awhile, it usually more than pays for itself.
We are loving E-bates and the cash back you can get while shopping!
Sign up for free with E-bates, add the extension to your browser, shop, and get money back! It's really that easy. You'll be notified when a site you are using works with E-bates and you'll receive a percentage back in cash for shopping there. E-bates will send you a check quarterly with all the savings you've earned, hello free money!
E-bates works on sites like Dicks Sporting Goods, L. LBean, Eddie Bauer, Back Country, and more, making it the perfect place to load up on gear.
And good news! They actually just added a new feature where you can also get cash back from shopping in-store (not only online like it used to be).
Sign Up For Mailing Lists
We know you don't want spam mail, but signing up for mailing lists can get you some serious savings! You've seen those pop ups and messages when you visit so many online stores right? A lot of sites will give you 10%+ off just for signing up and then send out alerts when they are having sales as well as additional coupons. Sign up at your favorite places and keep an eye out on their ads!
Use The "Worn Wear" Program
Worn Wear is an awesome program Patagonia uses. It helps you save money, but more importantly reduces your waste, carbon, and water footprint.
There are a few parts to this program:
1) You can give Patagonia your old Patagonia gear and get up to $100 credit to use on something new.
2) You can buy the old gear which has been turned it and get awesome discounts on it. Everything that is resold is still functional, but will usually have some sort of cosmetic damage.
Check your local Facebook Marketplace and groups for used gear. I've scored really great deals on like new Chacos, North Face Jackets, and more!
Go to the Facebook group and on the left hand use the search bar to find what you're looking for. You'll probably be surprised how many things come up!
Our Favorite Discount Sites
These are a few of our favorite discount sites. Make sure you check them out and compare to other deals you find. They offer really great deals on all sorts of quality name brands.
Have your gear but need a cool place to go?
We've got you covered! Come volunteer with ILP for a semester! with countries all over the world, we know you'll find the perfect fit. Spend your semester volunteering, traveling, and making the best memories.
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