Outdoor Sports Center
Oct
20

Boondocking just may be your ticket to big adventure

Camper in NH from Outdoor Sports CenterBoondocking is a popular way to RV travel and to camp for many experienced campers. While there really is no true definition for boondocking, it can be a bit of a free wheeling adventure for those who welcome the unknown of the open road.

  1. For the most part, the boondocker finds a place to stay where they can usually stay outside of an established campground. This could be staying overnight at NASCAR race, a WalMart parking lot, a state or federal camping area or just a simple truck stop. It is generally known as Dispersed RV camping and while it is not for everyone, those who partake have a great opportunity for some true adventure.
  2. On federal land, boondocking is fine if you are in at least 300 feet from the main road you came in on. Try and use campsites that have been abandoned and stick to the trails. It will save damage to your vehicle and you will leave little, if any, trace that you were there. Check the Bureau of Land Management as well as the US Fish and Wildlife Department for parks and boondocking facilities in those areas and states you plan to visit.
  3. Don’t leave out private land owners. Quite often, they will let you camp overnight on their land or they may charge you a small fee. It never hurts to ask. Most, believe it or not, say yes. Especially the farmers and the ranchers.
  4. Perhaps your most reliable boondocking site will be a WalMart parking lot. Walmart has standing orders with every police force in the country that anyone may stay overnight in any of their over 2500 US locations without being hassled.
  5. As always, planning is everything. You must travel light but your gear must be vital to your open survival. Be sure you properly dispose of all of your trash and human waste. Dig that proper latrine and cover it properly when you leave. Take it with you if you have to but do not leave it behind.
  6. Building a fire is, of course, optional. You must take great care when doing so. If you can get by without building one, then don’t. If you do, try an avoid cutting your firewood. If you are in a heavily wooded area, there should be enough deadwood on the forest floor to accommodate a small campfire. Stow all of your food away from the local animals, especially bears, that live in the area, treat yourself for insect attacks, and always have a formidable first aid kit on hand.