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.
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.
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”.