Dry Camping

Dry camping, also called boondocking, involves camping in your RV without any hookups. While camping with full hookups can be enjoyable, there is a cost involved, and some travelers may want to eliminate that. So they choose to boondock rather than paying to camp at campgrounds with full hookups. 

Dry camping with friends is a popular weekend getaway activity, letting you spend lots of quality time together. So, what does dry camping involve, and how can you enjoy it?  


Is Dry Camping Safe? 

A good number of RVers are held back from a great experience of dry camping due to safety concerns. These are ways to stay safe while camping.

  • Check everything in advance

When boondocking, you want to make sure that you take the necessary precautions. Start by investigating crime statistics around the area you are planning to camp. This gives you insight into choosing a safe ground.  Check your vehicle and ensure proper tune-ups to avoid any mechanical issues while boondocking. 

  • Do not camp alone if you are not sure of your security  

Dry camping is more fun when you bring a friend, and you may feel safer when you go boondocking with friends rather than staying alone. 

  • Research the location 

Discover the nearest escape routes in case of any danger. You do not want to drive aimlessly toward a dangerous zone, like an area infested with wild animals. 

  • Talk to A local guide for proper guidance 

Different dry camping grounds will provide a local guide who is supposed to help you find your way around. Make sure to stop and ask all relevant questions relating to your security and take note of danger zones, if any. 

  • Carry a phone 

Communication is important while boondocking. Make sure you have access to a phone or at least internet connectivity to keep in touch with friends and family. In case of any danger, you can request assistance. Note all emergency numbers in case you require assistance. 


How Do You Camp without Any Hookups? 

Dry camping can be fun, and it is an opportunity to save money while RVing. However, for many campers, the question is how do you camp without any hookups?  The good news is that there are different tricks to ensure dry camping does not seem like a daunting task. 

  1. Save the little water you have

Water conservation might seem like a basic concept. However, when dry camping, you have limited access to water, and in some instances, there is no water to refill your reservoir. 

For enjoyable dry camping, consider conserving the water you have. Do not leave the water taps leaking. Adjust to taking a shower only when necessary, like after day activities. 

  1. Save power by turning off the water heater 

Electric power is another limited utility, so you must be mindful of switching off power when you do not need it. During dry camping, harness solar energy so that you have some backup power. 

  1. Learn to manage the black water tank levels 

During dry camping, chances are that you do not have access to a black water-dumping site. You are not allowed to dump the tank in the bushes, so learn to use campsite washrooms, if available. Otherwise, adjust to visiting the toilet not very often. 

  1. Practice with shorter dry camping until you adjust to primitive camping 

For someone new, dry camping for more than one night can be the hardest thing to do. In that regard, practice dry camping with shorter trips; you will adjust easily after the third to fifth time. 

  1. Manage trash disposal

Garbage should be managed well when dry camping. You are expected to keep the campsite clean, so make sure your RV is fitted with proper garbage disposal bins, or find different approaches to handle garbage. 

Why Would You Dry Camp? 

Apart from the amazing experiences when dry camping, there are other reasons to try boondocking. 

  • Proximity to natural beauty and outdoor wonders  

Without hookups, the grounds feature natural beauty, providing a chance to enjoy the atmosphere. 

  • Cost-saving benefits 

Dry camping provides a cheaper alternative to camping with full hookups. Therefore, if you were looking to enjoy a cheaper getaway experience, you would rather go dry camping. 

  • For a different experience

Another reason to go boondocking is if you are looking to have a different experience. Therefore, if you were used to living in a city with full hookups, primitive camping is a chance to experience what life would be with no electricity or even the internet. 


RV Features for Dry Camping

To ensure fun-filled dry camping, it is imperative you consider an RV with the best features to support primitive camping. 

  • Consider the fresh water tank capacity

You need fresh water for cooking, bathing, and drinking. Therefore, a dry camping RV should come with a freshwater tank with the appropriate capacity. Consider the number of passengers to ensure appropriate freshwater tank capacity. 

  • Gray water tank capacity

Know the capacity of your gray water tank. Remember you will not be allowed to dump the gray water tank so find an RV with an appropriate capacity to hold gray water. 

  • Room for spare batteries 

Conserving battery power is critical when boondocking. You could survive on just one battery, but having a spare battery is advisable. It is recommended that you have a large battery bank. 

  • Generator with ample storage 

While solar power would be sufficient for lighting when dry camping, you also need some form of entertainment to make dry camping more lively. Buy an RV with proper generator storage. 

Key Takeaway

Dry camping becomes a fun activity if you are well-equipped. For beginners, you will want to try shorter trips to get used to the primitive outdoor living. Ensure you have the right gear for boondocking. Remember that your security is as important; therefore, research about the area you will be dry camping to figure out if it is the best choice.