Our first attempt at "stealthing." We wanted to try sleeping in our car and we decided Sarasota was a good a place as any to try it (in FL, anyway.) It went okay. We spent all day at Siesta Key beach, which was gorgeous, breathtaking at sunset, albeit crowded and killed time at Starbucks once it got dark. Then, around 10 p.m. we drove to this neighboorhood we'd deemed safe earlier that afternoon, hopped into the back of our car and slept...
While the car itself was comfortable and spacious, it was nerve-wracking to sleep in it. FL is pretty hostile to this kind of car camping, going as far as making it illegal in some cities (which is understandable). While I'm not sure if it was illegal per say in Sarasota, I really didn't want to be woken up by a cop at 3 a.m. if a neighbor didn't like the look of Speedy G 145 (the name of our Prius, if you didn't know. There's a story there, but it's really a story for another time).
There were a few other cars parked on the street when we went to sleep, but I wasn't positive if, like in Southfield, cars cannot be parked on the streets overnight. There was always the possibility of a cop accidentally realizing we were sleeping in our car while he wrote us a parking ticket!
And worst of all -- I had to pee the entire night!
Luckily, none of the cop stuff happened, and we jumped up at 7 a.m. and drove right back to the beach to make breakfast. And, honestly, I had a pretty good night's sleep. But living your life completely in public like stealthing in southern FL makes you do (eating in a parking lot, discreetly dressing in a parking lot...) is not the life for an introvert such as myself.
We're aiming to not illegally (maybe, still not sure on that front) stealth again. We've slept in the car since and will continue to sleep in the car when it makes sense, but only in spots where we're for sure welcome. And, as we're heading west, those spots will become more and more frequent.
Submitted by: Taylor