Pelican Flyer • June 03, 2020
When we think about going camping, most of us picture a scenic campsite with a designated picnic table, fire ring and camping pad. There may be public showers and a camp shop. But this is far from the only way to camp, especially when you’re rolling with a full-blown RV or camper. Another option, and an arguably more primitive one, is boondocking. In this guide, we’re going over all the basics of boondocking to see if it’s something you may want to try.
In the broadest sense, boondocking is camping in an RV or camper with no hookups (sewer, water, electric) away from developed campgrounds. Boondockers set up camp virtually anywhere, from a friend’s plot of private land to the parking lot at a Walmart, Cracker Barrel or Cabela’s. Using basic camping gear, such as one of our hard coolers and battery-powered light sources, boondocking offers a more simplified version of RV camping.
Though similar, boondocking differs from dry camping because it refers exclusively to camping outside of traditional campgrounds, whereas dry camping can occur in campgrounds without hookups. For more information on the difference between these two kinds of camping, check out our guide: What is Dry Camping?
Before you head out for a boondocking adventure, you should take into consideration the following factors to ensure that this kind of camping is right for your unique situation.
With the exception of the occasional parking lot overnighter, we don’t recommend any novice campers go boondocking. With minimal access to the outside world, no security and no water or electricity, the potential for an emergency is a lot higher. With that being said, seasoned campers and those who are properly prepared may find this type of camping more rewarding and more enjoyable. So go ahead and boondock, as long as you do it right!
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