Budgeting for a road trip is one of the most overlooked tools for a successful and stress free adventure. Costs for the trip can be broken down into four main categories; gas, food, camping, and permit fees.
Gas is estimated by taking the total mileage (plus a little extra), dividing by your vehicle's miles per gallon, and multiplying by the current fuel costs.
We estimate food costs by taking the number of people times the number of days of the trip, and multiplying that by a daily food cost ($8 is an average amount, and a good place to start).
Camping (or lodging) is calculated by nightly fees times number of nights.
Permit fees include miscellaneous costs such as entrance fees, guide fees, trail permits, or other services.
Use this form to quickly calculate an estimated budget for your road trip. If something is unclear, hover over the (?) icon for a more detailed description. Then scroll to the bottom for some of my favorite tips to keep costs down!