Can You Park Overnight at a Park and Ride?

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"Desperate times call for desperate measures, which could mean finding unique places to park overnight. If you find yourself in this situation, you’ll try just about any open parking spot to rest or sleep for the night. Park and Ride locations are usually large parking areas that are especially common in suburbs where residents carpool into the city. So can you park overnight at a Park and Ride? Let’s find out."

Is It Illegal to Sleep in Your Car Overnight?

Before we address whether or not you can park overnight at a Park and Ride, let’s chat a bit about sleeping overnight in your car in general. While “car camping” is widely accepted in campgrounds, public places can be a different story.

Can You Park Overnight at a Park and Ride?

Many Park and Ride locations allow users to park overnight. Some of these locations allow people to stay for multiple days. For example, California’s Caltrans Park and Ride locations state, “24-hour parking is not recommended.

Can You Camp Overnight at a Park and Ride?

While we mentioned that California’s Caltrans Park and Ride allow users to park overnight, it doesn’t allow camping overnight. They specifically state, “No loitering, camping, vending, or parking of vehicles 30-feet or longer is permitted at any Park and Ride lot.” They’re not alone in prohibiting this activity.

Tips for Overnight Parking

Secure Your Stuff You don’t want your gear or equipment to disappear while parking overnight. Lock any outside storage compartments and make it difficult for any gear to get removed without you noticing. Never leave valuables within sight of those passing by your vehicle.

Do Your Research

You should do plenty of research when selecting an overnight parking spot. However, no matter what you’ve read online or heard from a fellow nomad, you should get permission before getting comfortable. Local rules and regulations can change quickly, especially if an area is experiencing issues with individuals parking overnight.

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