Boondocking Tips Before You Boondock Series
Boondocking Tips Before You Boondock
This is Laura & Sasha of Laura-n-Sasha’s Excellent Adventure coming to you from Clark County Shooting Complex, a campground in North Las Vegas, NV. We are using the campground as a place to do chores until we leave to boondock in amazing places.
Sasha has a boondocking spreadsheet that he started on December 18, 2013. As it is the fourth anniversary of that spreadsheet, we thought it might be nice to go over our Boondocking Tips Before You Boondock.
From December 18, 2013 to now, we’ve boondocked 393 days. That is with four summers (May through September 30th) of being connected in an RV spot. Every spring, fall, and winter of 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 we were boondocked for part of the time.
When boondocking, you will find you are carrying as much water as you can for your needs. Therefore, you also want to carry foods that have water within them, such as apples, oranges, lemons, limes, carrots, onions, celery, cucumbers, and leafy greens. These foods can be eaten without cooking. As soon as you start cooking, the moisture leaves the food.
Some folks might think, why not carry a bunch of canned foods? They say, there is water in the cans. The trouble with canned foods is the extra water weight, the extra garbage, non-recyclable tin or glass, and glass breakage.
Most of our food is dried. It weighs less than other food, only weighing more once you add water, milk, or other liquids to it. The food does not go bad, even when you store it for months.
To boondock effectively, feel full and use less energy to cook, here is a list of our equipment and food stuff:
List of Boondocking Food & Equipment
- Small crockpot cooking with electricity: 135 W and 210 W
- A covered pot and a frying pan cooking with Propane
- Grill cooking with Propane
- Solar Oven cooking with Free Energy
- Microwave oven cooking with 1000 W usually need genny
- Tea Kettle cooking with Propane
- RV Refrigerator Using Propane and 12Vdc
- Auxiliary Refrigerator Using Electricity from Solar Array
- Instant Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate
- Oat bran
- Dried fruit
- Almonds, walnuts, or other nuts crushed
- Dried Milk
- Beans: Pinto or Black
- Lentils or Split Peas
- Spices & herbs: Cinnamon, red pepper flakes, turmeric, French herbs, salt, chili powder, cumin, taco seasoning, oregano
- Vinegar and Olive Oil
- Dried Chicken Stock and/or Vegetable soup stock
- Tortillas, tostadas, rice cakes (none of these need refrigeration)
- Peanut butter or a nut butter
- Garlic and Onions
Refrigerate After Opening:
- Pickles and olives
- Bacon Bits (real not fake)
Refrigerate or Freeze:
- Cheese Block
- An easy to cook meat
- Milk and Half and Half
- Carrots, celery, and lettuces
- Citrus: Oranges, Limes, Lemons
We all know RV refrigerators are small. And most of these foods do not need refrigeration. We also have a portable refrigerator from Dometic, that can run off of our solar array. However, we realize that many people cannot do what we do, they may not have the space or solar energy for one.
The food list provided can make a great many meals with high calorie count but low energy count. What this means is that you can cook many of these foods with a crockpot or solar oven.
We try to go by heartiness level, very hearty means that the hunger will not happen for over 4-5 hours. All that is needed to the next meal is a snack, piece of fruit or some vegetables with humus. Then have the next meal early enough to not be starving and eat everything. Finally have a light snack or a piece of fruit before going to bed.
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