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5 Ways to Save Money in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Found yourself in Baton Rouge for work, a move, or for pleasure? Whether you’re on a strict budget or not, it’s always nice to save a little money. Below find our top tips for saving money when you visit Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

1. Use public transit.

If you’re looking for a cost-free tour around the downtown area, the Capitol Park Trolley Service is an excellent option. Hop on and off at each stop you want to explore further, like the Riverfront Plaza, or the Main Street Market. Another transportation option is the Capital Area Transit System (CATS) bus service, the regional transit authority with fixed route service. CATS provides service for the cities of Baton Rouge and Baker, and within unincorporated areas of East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana. View route info and rider guides here.

2. Peruse the best cheap eats.

Eating well during your visit doesn’t have to break the bank (see #5 — your accommodation may even have kitchen facilities!). But when it comes to dining out, make sure you’re getting the best bang for your buck by doing a little research before hunger strikes. TripAdvisor and Yelp are excellent resources for finding reviews and lists of some of the best, cheap eats in Baton Rouge.

3. Seek out free things to do.

From outdoor things to do (like the BREC dog park on Harrell’s Ferry, or exploring the lakes around Louisiana State University), to the city’s most sought-after attractions (like Louisiana’s Old State Capitol, and the Louisiana Art & Science Museum, offering free admission to the galleries on the first Sunday of each month), there’s plenty of things to see and do in Baton Rouge that won’t blow the budget. Take a look for helpful lists, like this list of 40 free & cheap things to do in Baton Rouge.

4. Make sure the car is well equipped.

Road trips are typically a budget-friendly way to travel, offering plenty of flexibility along the way. With a little planning, you can easily avoid mindless purchases that can drain your resources quicker than planned — a coffee here, a bottle of water there, and so on.

If you’re looking to keep your visit as affordable as possible, consider packing these 9 essential items for a budget-friendly road trip.

5. Use budget-friendly accommodations.

When you visit Baton Rouge, you don’t have to leave the comforts of home behind. Choose extended stay accommodations and you’ll enjoy plenty of features and amenities that enhance your trip, making it easier and more enjoyable — all at one low price. From mail service to laundry, WiFi and kitchen facilities, there are plenty of reasons to stay at InTown Suites.

Discover our Baton Rouge extended stay property offering weekly or nightly rates.

How to Pack for an Extended Stay

Whether it’s for work, pleasure, a move, or another sort of temporary stay, packing for an extended stay is a tough endeavor. It’s no secret that striking the balance between must-haves, nice-to-haves, practical, useful (and so on), is a lot of work. We’ll help you get ahead of the game with a few useful tips on how to pack for an extended stay:

1) Start with your trip in mind.

What types of clothing and possessions will you need? Do you need to dress for work, for activity, or for travel? Planning your wardrobe based on the details of your trip is an important first step in getting prepared.

2) Gather clothing.

Once you know the type of clothing you’ll need, pull everything suitable out that you think you’d like to bring or have access to during your stay. Begin by forming pieces into outfits, and determining which tops and bottoms work well in multiple arrangements. Remove anything that only works with one other piece in the pile — the item isn’t versatile enough and you don’t need it taking up space.

3) Be mindful of colors.

Pick basic colors and cuts that are more likely to match multiple things in your suitcase. Choose bottoms in black, beige, or denim that can easily be paired with colorful top options. Shirts generally take up less room and weight than bottoms, so it’s easier to bring a few additional tops for mixing and matching.

4) Layers are your friends!

Instead of packing bulky sweatshirts or sweaters that take up a lot of room, bring smaller, lighter items that can be layered for warmth, or worn separately in warmer temperatures.

5) Pare down even more.

Go through the clothing you’ve selected, and continue to minimize the pile by removing the things that are the least versatile; i.e., anything that needs ironing, hand washing, or other special care before wearing. In the end, you should aim to be able to make roughly 20 outfits by mixing and matching 10-15 pieces.

6) Ditch the “just in case” items.

Most of us will throw items into our bags “just in case.” Sometimes these items make sense (rain boots for a destination known for rain, for example). But often times these items simply waste space, and are likely going to be useless on your trip (multiple jackets, for example, or excessive toiletries — shampoo, lotion, and toothpaste are probably easy enough to come by at your destination!).

7) Rein in the shoes.

Footwear is always a challenging item to pack, and most people end up bringing more than they really need. A general rule of thumb is to bring two pairs. Pack a pair you can dress up (nice flats or heels for women, and a loafer or dress shoe for men), and pack a pair of casual shoes for everyday use (think quality sandals, slip-ons, sneakers, and so on). Then decide if there is a specific type of footwear you need for activity, like hiking boots, running sneakers, and so on.

8) Use packing tips & tricks.

When it comes to packing, space is always of the essence. Discover ways to find and capitalize on more space in your luggage with the help of these handy packing tips and tricks, including rolling clothing, storing socks inside shoes, and much more.

Extended stays are easier and more comfortable at InTown Suites with the help of services like WiFi, mail, laundry, kitchens with a full-size refrigerator, two-burner stove, microwave, and more. Find out why you should stay at InTown Suites.