How Do You Sleep in a Pickup Truck?

Sleeping in your pickup truck can provide you with a great way to save money on accommodations while you travel. With a few simple steps, you can easily create a comfortable sleeping area in the back of your pickup truck.

Choose The Right Spot:

The first step to sleeping in your pickup truck is finding the right spot. It is important to choose a safe location that is away from traffic and other people. Look for areas that have plenty of flat ground and are away from any potential sources of noise such as highways or busy streets.

Create A Sleeping Area:

Once you have chosen a spot, it’s time to create your sleeping area. If you have a camper shell on the back of your truck, this will provide additional protection from the elements and provide you with more privacy.

Otherwise, you will need to bring something along to make a comfortable sleeping area. Blankets and pillows are essential for creating a cozy environment.

Stay Cool:

When it gets hot outside, temperatures can quickly rise inside your truck. To stay cool, make sure all windows are open and crack open the back window if possible. If your truck has air conditioning, use it sparingly as this will drain the battery quickly.

Bring The Essentials:

Before settling into bed for the night, make sure you have all of the items you need for a comfortable night’s sleep. This includes water, snacks, extra blankets and pillows, sunscreen and bug spray. You should also bring along earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones so that outside noises don’t disturb your sleep.


Sleeping in your pickup truck can be an affordable way to travel without having to pay for accommodations each night. With the right preparation and setup, it is possible to create a comfortable environment for yourself that will ensure good restful sleep no matter where you go.

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Karen Watkins