Tips to Keep in Mind Before Summer Boondocking


Boondocking is camping without hookups and is also called “dry camping.” Usually, there are no fees to be paid. You can find amazing and beautiful scenery, some peace and quiet, and ample camping space in some out of the way places, but before you head out for that perfect place this summer, here are some things to remember while boondocking.

The more water that you can bring, the better. When you are dry camping, the longer you can conserve your water means the longer you can stay. Pick the right foods to travel with. Choose foods that have longer shelf lives and meals that don’t need a microwave. Many chili and casserole dishes are great and can also be stretched to last a few days.

Be mindful of your waste. When it comes to garbage, make sure you collect everything in large heavy black bags. Keep the bag where critters can’t get in it and make a mess. Just dump it at the next fuel stop or city waste dump. But always ask before dumping. You will find that after filling up your tank that most places are ok with allowing you to toss a few bags of garbage away.

When it comes to power, it can be provided by a generator or solar panel. Many avid boondockers will already have solar panels for energy.

Finding the perfect spot can be easy. Do some research in forums, blogs and camp directories. Pick a spot that isn’t too far away from a paved highway. What direction is the sun? If it’s cooler weather, you want the sun’s natural heat to come in through the windows.

Wind and rain in an area can be horribly harmful. You want to have your RV positioned for blocking wind so it’s enjoyable to be outside. Make sure you are not in a wash area when it rains. Sure, it’s safe now. But lots of rain could turn your quaint outdoor space into a raging river.

And as always, safety is the number one concern. If you’ve never boondocked before it can seem scary. The best thing to do is trust your gut and common sense about the feelings you get in an area. If neighbors are nearby, have a fast chat. Always make sure to tell someone where you’re going and when you will be back.

Visit Capital RV Center

Stop by Capital RV Center this summer before you hit the road for boondocking or whatever other adventures you have in mind. Don’t forget to get your RV checked out by one of the techs at Capital RV Center, to shop for a new or used RV, or to pick up necessary parts, and accessories.