I have spent many weeks camping. My mom loves the outdoors and takes us to at least one camping trip a year, usually around spring break. We’ve stayed at Pedernales Falls State Park, Inks Lake State Park, Huntsville State Park, and others I don’t remember the names of anymore. What I have noticed about all of these places is that you have to pay to stay there, whether you’re staying for a day or a week. It’s nice because we do get running water and electricity, and if you want to rough it up a bit more there are sections where there isn’t electricity. There are also bathrooms and showers to clean up. It’s a nice, safe place where you can experience camping, animals, and nature, all without really camping. Glamping, as my boyfriend likes to call it.
So how do you find free places to camp? Which places are safe? What do you do without electricity or running water? How do you shower? It’s not as hard as it may sound, although it does require investing some money into the proper materials. If you’re someone who wants to pursue this as a hobby or even to save money so you don’t have to pay for hotels when you travel, it’ll be worth it. Trust me.
Here are some things you will have to spend money on:
Tent (or RV, Car with a bed, etc)
Cooler (and the food in it)
Portable Battery (if you still want to be able to use your phone, laptop, etc)
So now you have all the stuff. Where do you sleep? National Forests have places for you to pitch tents, cook, and park your car. These don’t have a closing time, unlike state parks, so if you get there are 2 am, you still have a place to sleep. Also, BLM land is open for public use as well. Some of these even have a toilet and a fire pit as well. Make sure you check in advance for Fire Bans wherever you’re going because you don’t want to go somewhere and not be able to cook any food you brought. And what’s great about these two places is that they are completely free. The national Forests do have rules, normally it’s that you can’t stay in one place longer than 14 days and after that, you can’t come back to the same place for an entire year.