If you’re new to RVing, “boondocking” is the term for camping in your RV without connecting to services like water, electric, or sewer.
Boondocking is great for when you want to explore and experience more off-the-grid locations. And whether it’s your first time doing it, or you’re just looking for ways to improve, we slapped together a few critical tips for a better boondocking experience.
Everything’s better with a plan
Unlike staying in an RV park, boondocking requires some extra planning. From cooking and freezing meals before you hit the road to packing extra jugged water and supplemental power sources, thinking ahead will save you a lot of grief once you get there. We recommend reading some of the excellent blogs out there written by fellow RVers. It’ll help you make sure you don’t forget a thing!
Water conservation is key
This one’s a no-brainer: the less you use, the longer your trip lasts. Flush less, consider paper plates or wash dishes only when the sink’s full, and shower every other day if you can. (Bonus tip: If you’re terrible at remembering things like we are, bring a blank calendar page along to write down what you do when!)
One of the benefits of boondocking is venturing out into an off-the-grid locale and enjoying the solitude of the great outdoors. The last thing you want is a next door neighbor. If you see another RV in the area you’re exploring, park yourself far enough away from them that it won’t ruin the experience for either of you. Also keep in mind when and where the sunlight will hit and if the winds could ruin your stay.
A world of smarts at your fingertips
Even if your trip is meant to be a way to unplug, it’s worth keeping your mobile device in your pocket. There’s an entire online world of resources to help you plan and enjoy your next boondocking adventure. From a massive public campground resource to a world of camping and RV apps and Facebook groups full of first-hand accounts.
What are your biggest boondocking helpful hints? Drop us a line and let us know!