Can You Sleep at Truck Stops?

Last Updated: by Marie Seska

If you are on a long road trip and looking for a free place to stay for the night a truck stop might seem like a good option – but can you sleep at truck stops? In this article we will be reviewing if you are allowed to sleep at truck stops plus a few expert tips and tricks to get a good nights sleep

Is It Legal?

In most states and counties in the United States it is illegal to sleep at a truck stop. One important thing to keep in mind is that even though it is legal there are still rules. You will not be allowed to play loud music or have large gatherings – the truckstop is for travelers walking to catch a few hours of sleep on the road.

Once you get to your truck stop for the night check the local rules to make sure you are parked in the correct area and find out where amenities like restrooms and food are located.

Recommended Truck Stop Sleep Gear

Keep in mind that’s sleeping at a truckstop will be different from sleeping at home. You will likely be in your car and everyone surrounding you will be in a large truck. Plus, you will be near a noisy highway that has trucks passing all night.

Keep reading to find out about our recommended sleep gear for staying overnight at truck stops.

Noise Canceling Earbuds

Truck stops are noisy and a good pair of noise canceling earbuds can go along way in silencing the noise from the road. In ear earbuds are easy to sleep with and will block out almost all background noise from nearby trucks.

Eye Mask

Long road trips mean sleeping around the clock which can be hard with the sun in your face – or if you are parked under a streetlight. A good eye mask can block out all the light while still being soft and comfortable.

Travel Pillow and Blanket

Sleeping in a vehicle is never as comfortable as your bed at home but a travel pillow and blanket can go a long way. We recommend testing a few pillows to find one that works best for your car and sleeping position. You should also pack a few blankets – especially if you are driving in Winter months.

Tips and Tricks

Still not sure if the truck stop at the next exit is safe to sleep at? Here are a few tips and tricks to make sure you get a good night of sleep.

Lock the Doors

Always make sure the doors are locked. Most truck stops are safe – especially with other people around but you never know who might be passing on the road in the middle of the night.

Sleep with the AC or Heater On

Sleeping in the Summer or Winter months will mean a hot or cold vehicle which can make it hard to sleep. If you are too hot or cold try running the AC or heater for at least 30 minutes.

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