I have lived in California my entire life except for 5 years when I lived in Idaho to go to college. It took about 18 hours for us to drive from school back home! Do you know how long 18 hours feels when you are in a car? I do and have done the drive multiple times.
So I have a little experience in the road trip department. Especially since this time in my life my husband and I were broke newlywed college students. Not much money at all! We learned a few road trip tips on how to save money while you travel and I want to share them with you!
Road Trip Tips
Pack your snacks
This is the number one thing you should and can do! Pay attention to the sales at the grocery store the week to two weeks before you leave. Buy snacks that are on sale to save even more money. When you buy food at the gas station you are paying around 4 times what you should. FOUR times!
Bringing a cooler where you can keep some packed lunches is an excellent option as well! Fast food not only costs a lot of money but is usually not good for you and after you finish eating and sit in your car for a couple hours, does not feel very good either.
Use a gas app
I’m about to start letting my age show… When I was in college there weren’t any helpful gas apps like there are now. We really have quiet the selection now but the one I have used most is called GasBuddy.
Super straight forward, this app uses your current location (or you can input a different location – good for planning) and finds all the nearest gas stations and their current gas prices. Giving you the option to find the cheapest gas prices!
Look for camping spots on your way
If you are really going for the long haul and need to stop somewhere to sleep consider finding a campground and pull out your tent! Tents take up little space packed in your car or you could even try converting the seats of your car into your bed. The cost of a campground is going to be less than half the cost of renting a hotel room.
Bring your friends
Getting a few extra people into your car can help cut your costs on gas if everyone pitches in. So spread the word that you are about to hit the road and see if any of your friends want to hitch a ride.
What do you think?
Do you have any road trip trips that you have discovered? Let me know in the comments below. Let’s chat!