Camping Out in the Boondocks

What is Boondocking?


Dispersed Camping, Dry Camping, Free Camping – call it what you like, but all of these terms define what is known as Boondocking.


Boondocking is a style of RVing that lets you camp out in the middle of nowhere sometimes for extended periods of time without the conveniences of water, sewer, and electrical services that are common at RV campgrounds. It is popular among some RV enthusiasts, and – depending on your creative camping techniques – allows you to take advantage of what your RV has to offer within a limited scope and experience solitude.

If you don’t own an RV to go Boondocking, you can find many RV rentals across the USA and Canada on our website. 


The Basics


There is not much else to Boondocking other the rule of conservation and preparedness since you will lack access to water, sewer and electrical services. Things such as food, water, waste management, and power supply are critical in your preparation to Boondock and so your supplies should reflect your needs. A number of Boondockers use items such as solar power generators for electricity, composting toilets for waste disposal, and of course, an RV that has a large water tank. Food that has a long shelf life is also a good idea.



Boondockers don’t like to pay camping fees so they camp where it is free or costs very little. This is usually far away from civilization but doesn’t have to be. The trick is to stay in designated camping grounds on federal or public lands, and you can stay within 300 feet of any established road while doing so. One of the favorite places is boondocking on Bureau of Land Management areas.  For a deeper dive into finding the best boondocking spots and embracing the full boondocking lifestyle, explore Boondock or Bust’s insights on RV boondocking.


Private land Boondocking opportunities also exist for the avid RV-adventurist, where ranchers and other rural landowners allow RV campers to take up residence on a small corner of their property. All you have to do is find them and ask. Some private landowners will allow you to Boondock for free, while others may require you to pay a small fee. Either way, public or private land is readily available for you to start your Boondocking adventure. Even some Walmart’s allow free overnight camping  in their parking lot. Call and talk to the manager to find out if it is allowed. This is not exactly wilderness but is free camping.

SafetyRV camping in Walmart Parking Lot

Now that you know the basics, let’s discuss an important question: is it safe? YES! You are more likely to encounter danger traveling on the interstate than you are Boondocking, and the likelihood of encountering the Boogeyman is zero in chance. That said, always use common sense when you are traveling to a remote location in order to ensure your safety. Let family or friends know your itinerary and whereabouts. No matter what you decide, RVing is a great way to spend a vacation, and Boondocking is truly the “road less traveled”.