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Camping 101: How to Enjoy Free Camping Throughout the United States

Have you ever wondered how it is that so many people can afford the luxury of a six-figure price tag on RVs large enough to accommodate an entire family on vacation? In fact, many newer models cost more than a small home, so how do people afford them as well as the cost of taking them out on the road?

If you are looking for an affordable way to take the entire family on the vacation of a lifetime, you should know that camping is your best option and can guide you a lot in this regard. There are actually places where you can camp for free, sometimes of a limited duration, but with a tent, and the best camping chairs it’s just as easy to move around as it is with most campers or an SUV, and will certainly be a whole lot cheaper. No matter what your choice of vehicle is, you will surely have a great time camping with the family. Let’s look at how to enjoy free camping throughout the United States.

Choosing the Right Tent

Before you can even begin to think about all the spectacular places there are to go camping for free, you need to look at your specific needs. You should be asking yourself:

*How many people will be camping?

*Will you be prepared for wet or rainy weather if need be?

*Do you have any people with special needs to be accommodated?

*Are you bringing pets along with you?

Each of these things will have a direct impact on the type of tent you purchase. For example, you might decide you want to check out something like this 2 person camping cot for backpacking here. Or you can choose a large tent that can accommodate as many as ten people or you can buy a smaller tent perfect for a couple looking to spend some quality time alone. Visit sites like Wandering Privateer to browse through a wide assortment of tents, read reviews and choose one that suits your needs at a cost you can afford.

Exploring Free Camping Around the Country

Many people go through their entire lives not knowing that there are still places where you can camp for free. Some of those that do, enjoy using the Ozark brand of tents because they love embracing nature. Most, if not all, locations will not offer amenities such as Wi-Fi or even electricity, but some do have outdoor restrooms for your convenience. Sometimes locations even have Portable Toilet Rentals that provide access of a restroom, and even a dumpster! If your location does not offer those facilities, there are portable camping toilets and you can even bring a shower tent, which are not expensive and can be easily broken down to carry on to the next site.

One agency that still allows what is known as dispersed camping is the Bureau of Land Management, BLM. These are federal lands that allow camping up to a 14 day timeframe and you can even cross private land if there is a road or access to the land controlled by the government. Just do a search for free camp sites and you’ll find extensive lists of parks and government lands where you can enjoy free camping in the United States.

You don’t need to buy a six-figure RV to enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery in literally every state in the USA. A tent, some camping gear and a love of nature are all you will need. Just make sure to leave a copy of your itinerary with a friend or family member prior to setting off into parts unknown. There may be no cell phone coverage where you are headed, so for safety’s sake, let someone know where you’ll be and when to expect hearing from you.

Enjoy the nation’s natural wonders for free, but always with safety in mind. A good tent, basic camping gear and some common sense advice are all you’ll need for the best (and cheapest!) vacation nature has to offer.


  • Lauryn R

    I love camping! I grew up in Oregon and this is how we always camped, in the middle of nowhere without any amenities! It is the best way, in my opinion. 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing this!

  • June S.

    (Camping 101: How to Enjoy Free Camping Throughout the United States) Years ago back in the seventies I traveled all over the United States with my ex-husband and his Mom & Dad. We camped at mostly K.O.A. camp grounds. It was wonderful seeing the states this way.

  • Tamra Phelps

    Several of my relatives really love camping or RVing. I’m more of a hotel type, lol, but I like spending the day hiking or walking .

  • Sheila F

    This article has some great ideas. We go camping the last 2 weeks of dec in fl. There are some pretty great state parks…they are hidden gems. Great way to untether from all our techie stuff

  • June S.

    (Camping 101: How to Enjoy Free Camping Throughout the United States) I have camped many time in the past with my family during the summer months. We always have a lot of fun when we go together.

  • Dawn D.

    Our family loves camping. It’s an outing that really involves all of us. Each one of our participation is essentially needed: gathering wood, pitching tents, setting up a kitchen, finding water….

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