Life on the road is about getting away from it all, but it can be difficult to escape the expenses that go along with the pleasure of hauling the house on your back. The fees, maintenance costs, and daily purchases can really add up, so here are a few tips to help you keep the “free” in freedom.
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask
If you’re traveling to a popular campground during the busy season and there’s a special event happening, you’re likely going to be stuck paying full price for your site. At any other time, however, it never hurts to ask for a deal. If you’re staying for a week or more, expect to pay less and negotiate a discount if one isn’t automatically offered. In the off-season, most places will be happy to take a couple of dollars off the price if you’re camping for more than a night. Just ask.
If you plan to camp for two or more nights, it's better to pack these affordable Portable Battery Chargers/Power Banks to charge your phones and other handy devices that'll last for days.
Camp for Free
With a little research, you’ll find hundreds of places to camp across the US that are absolutely free. Most won’t have hookups, but if you intersperse serviced sites with dry camping, you can cut your camping costs in half. Most Walmart parking lots will let you stay for free in a designated section, and you don’t need to make a purchase to stay there. Almost all casinos allow overnight camping, and some even provide hookups for a nominal fee. You don’t need to enter the gaming area and can usually stay as long as you want. Many smaller towns have fairgrounds with hookups that are free when there’s nothing else going on. There are also numerous town parks where you can camp for a small donation. You’ll definitely reap the rewards if you do your homework.
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Stay Away from the Cities
The country is full of small, family-owned campgrounds that charge half the price from those you’ll find close to the big cities. By staying away from the bright lights, you’ll not only save money but also enjoy a spot that’s less crowded, quieter, and often better maintained. You may not get all the bells and whistles that come with a city-side location, but at least you won’t feel like you’re staying in your neighbor’s suburban backyard.
A nice and cozy Large Premium Outdoor Blanket is what you need as you lie down and watch the clear view of the stars in the countryside.
Get a National Park Pass
Buying a pass that can be used throughout the US National Park system will save you hundreds of dollars and lure you to some of the most beautiful sites in the country. If you have a pass, you can avoid the entrance fees, pay far less for your campsite, and be able to use the facilities for free.
Once your campsite has been established, set up the things you need such as a Portable Bamboo Table so you can all finally eat your lunch/dinner after a long drive.
Don’t Neglect Your Maintenance
Keeping on top of your vehicle maintenance is the best way to avoid unexpected costs. Whether you’re towing or driving a motorhome, be sure to regularly schedule for oil changes and tune-ups. Check your tire pressure every few days if you’re moving, and do a regular inspection of your tanks, propane, and electricals. Become familiar with the purpose of every wire, pipe, and switch so you’ll immediately know if something isn’t working the way it should.
You will need a reliable Headlamp when checking the mechanical components of your vehicle.
Take the Road Less Travelled
Fuel costs can be the single biggest expense when you’re on the road with your RV. Its speed will definitely affect how quickly the tank will drain. Stay off the highways, keep your speed down, and enjoy the ride. This trick might let you find fairly priced campgrounds, local oddities, and spectacular views.
A more reliable GPS Navigation Device for your vehicle will provide better routes to your intended destinations.
Fast foods will both blow your budget and good health. Plan and prepare your meals so you can have something on hand when hunger strikes. Keep your prepped meals or snacks fresh by putting them in an Insulated Foldable Picnic Basket.
Aside from preparing, what's great about camping is that you have the time to cook especially when using a Portable Stove. Experiment a little and make the most out of your kitchen on wheels.