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You Will Need
- Blankets or a sleeping bag
- Camp stove
- Voltage converter
- Access to restrooms
- Places to park overnight
- Hot-water bottle
Furnish your car
Furnish your car with blankets (at least one made of wool, for warmth); a couple of pillows; a cooler; a camp stove; and a voltage converter so you can power appliances with your cigarette lighter.
Know where to park at night
Know where you can park at night. Trucker areas off the interstate are usually safe, as are hospital parking lots. Wal-Mart allows RV’s and cars to park in their lots overnight.
Shopping malls, supermarkets, and hospitals are good places to wash up. For a shower, go to a truck stop and ask around for a shower coupon; truckers usually have more than they need and are happy to give some away.
Gas up during off hours
Buy gas off-hours at stations with convenience stores. When you go to pay, ask if you can use the microwave to nuke a meal, like a baked potato or a frozen entrée.
Stock up on foods that are nutritious and don’t require refrigeration, such as peanut butter, beans, and cereals.
Stay cool or warm
Stay warm in winter with the help of a hot water bottle; stay cool in summer by parking in the shade and spending the hottest part of the day -- noon to two -- in someplace air conditioned, like the library or mall.