Is it against the law to sleep in your car in New Jersey?

I’m going to travel throughout New Jersey and stop at all the landmarks and points of interest on the way. My only problem is that my funds are limited, so I don’t want to get a hotel room. Can I sleep in my car in New Jersey?

Eric Schad · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
If you’re traveling through the Garden State and you need to stop, it is not against the law to sleep in your car in
New Jersey
However, overnight parking or camping isn’t available in all areas or rest stops. As a result, you may want to stake out an overnight parking spot at one of these locations:
  • Walmart parking lot
  • Residential street, but beware of residents alerting the police of your presence
  • Other well-lit, empty parking lots—just make sure to leave before the business opens in the morning
If you plan on sleeping in your car in New Jersey, pack accordingly. Bring blankets and pillows so you’re comfortable, as well as an overnight bag with your pajamas and toiletries.
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