Frequently asked Questions, recommendations & usefull terms
One-way drop off fee There is a drop off fee on rental cars if you only are going one-way, let’s say from LA to SF. This is not advertised, but it is normally around 100-200$.
Mobile homes If you are looking to get a mobile home and you start your search early, you can be lucky to find a sweet drop off deal. Some companies need to get their vehicles transported back n’ forth, so sometimes they make one-way deals and they are very affordable.
Basically all you ever need when you travel is a travel insurance that you are sure covers the US and your home insurance for theft of your gear.
If you are travelling more that 60 days, you might want to check if your insurance covers that. Not all do.
Make sure you know you are covered, and covered correctly.
Plan ahead so you do not waste your valuable vacation time on driving 200miles to a site all for nothing.
Also remember that distances in the US are so vast that driving is a very big factor to calculate in when planing your road trip.
One other thing to keep in mind is space. Depending on how many in your party you do not want to be over crowded in a vehicle driving long distances.
If you want to go hiking in places like the grand canyon, the half dome in Yosemite or maybe the wave in Utah. Study up on which permits you will need.
It is defiantly not everywhere you will need a permit, but most of the big parks you will need one if: you want to overnight camp out or go to places that are very popular.
Sometimes these permits can be via a lottery that is drawn a few days before the permit date.
Know what gear you need and buy it in the US, you can quite possibly get cheaper and way better gear in the states than at home. You might want to check out places like REI, Cabelas or the local surplus store for a good deal on gear for your next adventure.
Many people enjoy the solitude and primitive experience of camping away from developed campgrounds and other campers.
Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means no services; such as trash removal, and little or no facilities; such as tables and fire pits, are provided. Some popular dispersed camping areas may have toilets.
There are extra responsibilities and skills that are necessary for dispersed camping. It is your responsibility to know these before you try this experience.
Camping rules and regulations apply to make your experience safe, and to keep the natural resources scenic and unspoiled for other campers.
National Forests are largely forest and woodland areas owned collectively by the American people through the federal government, and managed by the united states forest service.
In these National forests it is legal to do dispersed camping, if you follow the rules and regulations of the given forest.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is an agency within the United States Department of interior that administers more than 247.3 million acres (1,001,000 km2) of public lands in the United States which constitutes one-eighth of the landmass of the country.
President Harry S. Truman created the BLM in 1946 and most BLM public lands are located in these 12 western states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
Like national forest it is also legal to do dispersed camping in BLM areas if you follow the rules and regulations of the given area.