Updated: May 18
If you are planning on a road trip this summer, you might be also be wondering where you’re going to sleep. If you’re a van-lifer or just want to go camping, you’ll know how badly paying for campsites suck. It can quickly add up your time and money to search for a place. You want to make sure you find the best spots to set up camp for short-term and long term stays without breaking the bank.
There are a number of ways to look for the best campsites that fit your needs. Whether you’re looking for off-the-grid camping or sticking to a budget, we give you our personal favorite ways to find the BEST places.
1. Dispersed free camping
What is dispersed free camping?
Dispersed camping or boondocking, whatever you prefer to call it, will most likely mean that you will be without amenities such as running water, cell service, toilets, trash cans…etc. It means you will need to be fully prepared with everything you’ll need. This also applies to the “Leave No Trace” principle. Packing everything in and out. These types of places are generally FREE, offer better views and have less foot traffic.
2. THE DYRT
This top rated camping app allows you to search for local campgrounds and places that are safe for camping (no amenities) Some of these places are free and others are not depending what you prefer for amenities. The Dyrt offers all the information you need to camp free, plan trips, and delivers discounts on paid camping spots!
If you want a little more help planning your route and what you want to stop and see along the way, Roadtrippers is a super handy way to plan your trip A to B. The deliver a full customizable map that filters what you would be interested in along the way. This also includes camping spots, points of interest, landmarks, attractions and MORE. Roadtrippers helps you plan out your itinerary along with how many miles and gas you will use!
Whether you’re going to be staying in national parks or local camping spots, Recreation.gov is another way to reserve your spots online. Most of the time camping is first come, first served, but this website will tell you if campsites are full and if you are able to reserve a spot online! This is the governments guide to help you reserve permits, passes and have all access to explore natures beauty.
Please make sure you Leave No Trace to respect the wildlife and parks for years to come! When dispersed camping, make sure to always let someone know where you plan to be and when you will return. Get outside and enjoy camping season! Happy exploring! 🚐
If you have any questions or just want to chat with the experts at Drifter, get in touch with our friendly team today! Contact us HERE!