Some unexpected surprise money drains:
* campsite fees / motel fees (you'll think you're going to drive straight through, 'cause you've got 2 drivers, but ... whoops! Your second driver turns out not to be able to sleep while you drive/sleep through the radio you turn out to need to stay alert/or you need their company to drive at your best. Or, you start to realize that you're not due to arrive for 5 more hours, and when you do you might wait 3-4 hours to get in--on average--and then you need a minimum
of 30 minutes to find your campmates/choose a campsite and another hour to set up your tent while you're exhausted, and maybe . . . maybe you should just stop for the night.)
* surprise car repairs.
* speeding tickets ... if you're on tribal land, pay cash on the spot.
* the gas cap seems to be missing! but the gas station that "noticed this" will sell you one for $30!
* you forgot ______, ______, & ______. This happens to everyone
. You will forget something. You may forget 5 or 10 somethings. A bedpillow, your cowboy hat, sunscreen, extra batteries, extra flashlights, a coat, socks, travel alarm, a camping cup . . . all your clothes.
(But it's happened!)
And those are necessary things, if sometimes avoidable.
If you're like me, some other things will get you too . . .
One trip through a costume shop, army surplus store, sci-fi convention, bellydancing festival, thrift store or street fair and suddenly you have spent $200 on faux fur whatever, some tutus, 2 pairs of harem pants, some goofy animal slippers, new antlers, a tiara, 5 pairs of fishnet stockings, and actually, truly sensible things like high socks (so your dusty legs don't chafe under the boots) and battery powered lights (so you don't get mown down by art cars). Whoops.
(Never shop for costumes first. Just don't.)
Liquor isn't cheap either, if you drink. You'll think: okay, should pick up a couple of bottles of vodka, that's not so much . . . oh, but some cheap champagne for Burn Night . . . or breakfast mimosas with the neighbors. Hm . . . maybe some canned beer and mini bottles to give out . . . but I would also like to make Sidecars on Thursday afternoon . . .