There is certainly some debate to be had when it comes to the term ‘boondocking’. Some people will use it interchangeably with ‘dry camping’, while others will argue that they are very different practices.
For the sake of this article, we are going to use the terms interchangeably, giving a brief introduction to the activity and how best to go about it.
In case you were wondering, boondocking can best be described as camping in an RV, for free, outside of a recognized campsite. You also have no access to hookups or amenities. The slight difference with dry camping is that although you still do not have access to water or other hookups in your RV, you may have access to a basic campsite with amenities like washrooms and tables.
So, have you decided to take your RV and go boondocking? Excited to leave civilization in the rear-view mirror and go on an adventure in nature? Let’s take a look at exactly what boondocking is and how to have a great time doing it!
What makes boondocking so popular?
For many people, boondocking or dry camping provides an escape from everyday life. Driving an RV to a secluded forest clearing, parking lot, or any other remote area can be extremely liberating. Connecting with nature and chilling out in the company of yourself or a few loved ones can definitely ease the strain of a fast-paced moderOf course, the low cost of boondocking makes it a popular option for RV owners. With more people camping than ever before, campsites are harder to book and boondocking more attractive. The cost will only be dependent on how far you want to travel, and how much you want to stock up your RV with entertainment, snacks and other facilities. By its nature, it won’t cost you a penny to stay somewhere when boondocking.
Where to go boondocking?
Aside from random spots in the wilderness, or near popular places like the Grand Canyon, here are some other ideas for locations to go boondocking:
- Casinos might offer overnight parking to RVs, as might visitor centers and certain truck stops such as Flying J or Love’s.
- Check out ‘Boondockers Welcome’ to find other boondockers who allow RV owners to stay on their property free of charge.
- Large stores like Walmart sometimes allow overnight RV parking, depending on which store you visit.
Boondocking safety tips
Inexperienced boondockers might have safety in their front of mind. ‘Is it safe to sleep in this spot? What if I run out of provisions?’
- Consider bringing a five-gallon water tank for back-up in case you unexpectedly run out of fresh water supply during your trip.
- Take a backup generator or power supply so you can use it if you find yourself without a hookup.
- Bring a signal booster to ensure you will have cell phone coverage even in the most remote areas, in the event of an emergency.
- Let people know when they should expect to hear from you again and what your location will be. That way, if you run into any accidents or emergencies, someone will know.
- Keep your curtains drawn and windows closed so thieves are not tempted to act. Also, avoid showcasing any valuables by leaving them outside your RV.
Jack Vale is a writer from Happy Writers, Co. in partnership with outdoor kitchen cabinet maker, Werever.