Boondocking Tips Before You Boondock Series: Mindset

Boondocking Tips Before You Boondock Series

Introduction

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Introduction of 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.

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This is Boondocking

Toys out, No One Around, Truck unhitched, Solar Panels Up!

Boondocking

While many folks have their own definitions, to us, Boondocking means being self-contained in your rig without connections of water, sewer, or electricity. We also extend our personal definition to include a scenic component. We want to be in beautiful places when boondocking so we don’t consider overnight stays at a truck stop while traveling to be “boondocking”.

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  So that means…

Dry Docking

Dry Docking

Slides Out, but Connected. No Toys out, Go at a Moments’ Notice

To us, we consider that dry docking and we do it quite a bit when traveling. Our style of RVing is to use dry docking spots overnight while traveling to our ideal boondocking locations where we would typically spend a block of time enjoying beautiful scenery and great weather.

The most famous boondocker in the RV world was/is Tioga and George. He had a Class C RV and would go pretty much anywhere with it. He still boondocks now but not as much as before. I would suggest Googling Tioga & George to read up about him. 

Boondocking Tips Before You Boondock:

  1. Mindset
  2. Getting & Managing Electricity
  3. Water Usage
  4. Staying Connected
  5. Safety & Worry-Free Living
  6. Food
  7. Personal Hygiene
  8. Cost
  9. Fun in the Sun
  10. Prep Before Going

By coming back to this blog post, you will be able to see the other ones too!

Boondocking Mindset:

Important Before You Begin 

I put this at the top of the list as it is the most important. This has nothing to do with being scared or worried, which is discussed below. No, this is the mindset of a boondocker. A boondocker is someone that want to tread lightly upon the earth. They want to experience places to get away from the hustle and bustle of the world. They want to be further away from their neighbors or not have neighbors at all.

They realize that boondocking or being off-grid needs more self-reliance. Their showers are short, and catching water from the shower helps with flushing the toilet, more on that further down. They move with the sun, staying south in the winter, and north when it gets too hot. They use less electrical appliances so that their batteries are 100% by the time the sun goes down. They spend more time outdoors marveling at nature and the ability to be within it.

They use alternative methods for cooking and cleaning up afterwards. They can connect to the outside world if and when they want, not when the world wants them. They do not have to conform to “normal” realms if they choose. Yet they can still have fun, meet new friends, and gain lifelong experiences and adventures if they risk a little. That is the mindset of a boondocker.

Please check back each day for the next part of the series. Signing up to our eNewsletter will get you all the posts in one PDF, plus a worksheet to use for your first adventure! 

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