Sleeping in Car
I have a questions. Is it OK to sleep in the car while on a road trip? Is it very safe to do or not? Where is the best place to sleep in the car, At the Rest Stop Area or the Truck Stop?
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I think it's OK to sleep in your car if you are truly comfortable that way. Personally, I can't imagine unless you are just taking a catnap. A tent, sleeping bag, pillow, and sleeping pad are pretty cheap at places like Wal-Mart. I think you would sleep better in a tent, IMHO.
As for safety issues, I suppose you could sleep in your car in any well-lighted, fairly busy area like a truck stop and be reasonably safe. However, I think the comings/goings/noise etc., would sure interrupt your sleep.
NEVER sleep at a rest stop. It is illegal to stay overnight in rest stops in many states anyway. And I have heard some scary stories about things happening to people in those areas at night.
Again, I would say tent-camp if you need to save money. It only takes me about 10 minutes to get things set up at night for sleeping and another 10 minutes to roll-up the bags, take down the tent, and go in the AM.
As for safety issues in campgrounds. I think you are probably safe in any commercial park. Especially if it is fairly full. If you are in a more rural camping area (BLM land, national/state/county parks, etc.), then you might camp fairly close to either the full-time caretaker's unit or to other tent-campers, preferably families as they would probably be a safer bet than, for example, next to a single guy or 2 that you don't know.
Hope this helps.
Sleeping during the day
I like driving more at night myself, since the roads are less busy. Then during the day, usually early morning, I'll sleep for a few hours in a parking lot of a mall or department store. There's a lot of people around, and usually malls have security driving around checking on cars. Once I've been woken up by mall security but I just said I was waiting for someone who was shopping. :o) So that's my advice for a small power nap while on the road.
Sleeping in your car
I've done a few roadtrips and I sleep in the back of my car all the time. I feel much safer now that I have tinted windows and a dog, though.
The best area I have found to sleep is subdivisions. Yep, that's right. Find a street that has many cars on it and pretty well lit. I also try to find a kinda nice nieighborhood, but not too nice since these attract car thieves. I usually park between two cars so I blend in better. With the tinted windows it's impossible to see in the car at night and tough during the day. It's free too!
Sleeping in the car
When we are on Rock Climbing roadtrips, we end up sleeping in the car or truck all the time. If your on a tight time schedule, then sleeping at the rest stops is what we usually do. I've never had a problem with any wierd activity at rest stops between the midwest and Utah/Wyoming. There are always others that are there sleeping also along with alot of truckers too. Most rest stops have 3 hour limits, but dont seem to be enforced too much. Usually 4 hours of sleep will tide you over pretty good for another day of driving. Most trips that we can make in 20 - 25 hours we'll usually take a quick nap at somepoint then get to bed early the first night we are there. But, if you are alone and/or totally exhausted. find a campsite, hotel, truck stop, Wal Mart parking lot or whatever you can to get rested up. Sure, you arive a day later maybe but its better than dead.
My buddy was travelling to Mobile, AL from SC and wanted me to travel along. We are both college students, and thus broke. Basically, travel with a buddy and have a handgun under the seat. I felt much safer with it. True, neither one of us had a concealed weapons permit. Do this at your own risk.