Boondocking Tips Before You Boondock Series
Safety First & Worry-Free Boondocking
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.
How risky is your life? If you know yourself to take risks and prepare for those risks, then boondocking will be easy peasy for you.
For the rest of us, finding a boondocking spot has become easier with Day’s End and Campendium, plus other sites, which talk about boondocking. Our rule is easy; if either of us feel the heebie-jeebies (hair raising) regarding a site, we move on. This hasn’t happened in the 13 years of RVing or even while camping in a tent.
The only time I felt unsafe had nothing to do with people but with wolves howling in a national park while I was in a tent. I think I might have moved to my car. Sasha was not in the picture yet…
People talk about having a dog to alert you of trouble or having a gun to protect you. We never had the former and we don’t have the latter anymore.
What you do need is the CONFIDENCE that the spot you pick is a good one. Reading articles is not going to give you the confidence, really. Going out and experiencing boondocking will.
If this means going with a group the first few times, then so be it. Don’t feel bad about it, just get out there. If you feel more comfortable staying in urban places first, like Walmarts or Flying J’s, then do so. But ultimately come west and experience true boondocking. You’ll be glad you did.
The availability and accessibility of public lands in the western USA makes for many of boondocking choices and options. Ultimately, unless you have a friend with a ranch, successful boondocking is predicated on the availability of public lands for all of us to use.
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