If you’ve been RVing for a little while like we have, you’ve probably heard the term “boondocking” used a few times. Boondocking typically describes camping in a remote location that hasn’t been officially designated for camping. As avid travelers who have a thirst for adventure, sometimes we need to take our trips off the grid. There are so many breathtakingly beautiful national parks and unknown locations around the country that you’re doing yourself a disservice if you own an RV and don’t try boondocking at least once in your life. Get out and see the roads less traveled, you can thank us later! Here are a few tips to get you started…
Make sure your RV and tow vehicle are well maintained before leaving
This is extremely important. The whole idea of boondocking is traveling out to a completely desolate location with very few people present if any. The last thing you need to ruin your trip is to get stuck in the middle of nowhere with a dead battery or a flat tire and no spare. This seems like a small step but could end up saving you a lot of headache down the road.
Check the weather
How many times have you left for a trip when the sun was shining and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky only to be hit with a torrential downpour just a few hours later? Know what the weather is going to be like so you can pack accordingly. There won’t be any stores around to buy a poncho or a sweatshirt where you’re going!
Research your destination
Do your due diligence before leaving on your boondocking trip. It’s probably not a great idea to drive aimlessly until you find that “perfect” location. Chances are, you won’t find what you’re looking for an ending up staying at a campground you’ve been to before. Talk to your RV buddies and other people you know who enjoy camping first. There are tons of resources online to get information on where the best boondocking spots are around the country. Do yourself a favor and learn from the mistakes of others. Here’s a good place to get you started.
Be fully stocked on food and water
If it hasn’t become evident enough by this point, we want to make sure you plan accordingly before taking a boondocking trip in your RV! Load up on lots of water and preferably non-perishable food items to bring along with you. If you plan on being out in the wild for an extended period of time, you’ll need to make sure that your food won’t go bad. You may want to consider making a few things to bring along with you before leaving on this adventure. May we recommend Alton Brown’s granola recipe? Looks like we just did!
*Make sure to bring wet wipes with you also. Don’t waste water on simple clean up jobs
Bring a generator
There won’t be any power hookups when you’re boondocking so it’s important to invest a few dollars into a sufficient generator to make sure you have power in your RV. A 3000-watt generator will run you $250 – $500 depending on the brand, if it’s new or used, etc. Just don’t expect to be running your A/C unit and your microwave at the same time.
Keep your site clean
Don’t leave trash and food around your campsite at night, or during the day for that matter. When you’re boondocking, there aren’t people to warn you of bear sightings near your setup. Unfortunately, you’ll have to figure that part out for yourself and we highly doubt that’s something you’d be looking forward to.
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