Donna, I actually haven't heard about the motel coupons! Is there a database for the state visitor and tourist bureaus/rest stops?
For food, I was going to bring my propane stove as some campgrounds don't allow campfires. I was also going to borrow my friend's dutch oven to spoil ourselves a little while camping. I do have a question in regards to food though. For coolers, what is their limits and how much should I splurge to get a cooler versus to get THE cooler? For instance, I googled "top reviewed coolers" and other related search terms and the coolers that come up are easily in the hundreds. Because I'll be camping for a maximum of 5 days in the summer with 3 day trips spread evenly, would this be justified to spending that amount of money?