Boondocking is a term used for "dry camping", also called primitive camping. It can mean camping in the "boonies" away from civilization, or it can mean roughing it in a parking lot without facilities.

It simply means you pitch your tent where there are no signs of electric plug-ins, running water or restrooms, except in pavement parking.

Some people actually like to camp like this.

Boy Scouts use this method of camping.

You learn to accommodate for your lack of luxuries.

When in a limited environment, however, there are ways of survival.

There are several types of dry camping. One type is on pavement. You can dock in a parking lot. Some Wal-Mart stores will allow parking overnight, but some won't.

If you find you need to stop overnight, check in with the manager to see if they will allow it. Signs may be posted in the parking lot to let you know or not.

Another type of boondocking is in the middle of nowhere. No lights, no running water, no restroom and no traffic.

This can be at remote rest areas that may or may not offer facilities, or out in the wilderness. If you're in a rest area, be sure to park in the 18-wheeler parking area. Campers are generally too large for a vehicle parking lot.

Covering Basic Needs in the Boonies

With no electricity, you need to take battery operated flashlights. Keep extra batteries on hand because when it gets dark in the boonies, the only light you will have is your flashlight or the moon.

Make sure you have a good flashlight or camping lantern that will burn bright. Some burn very dim even with new batteries. You need a high number of lumens.

Water is essential when out in the open environment. With no running water, bottled water is the next best thing. If that is not feasible, you will need to find some stream water that is flowing.

Never attempt to drink non-flowing water. It has a tendency to harbor bacteria.

Building a fire and boiling your water is the best approach for drinking healthy water.

When building a fire, please find an open area that is not surrounded by trees or brush. Lay some stones around in a circle if you can find some. If there are none available, clean the area and lay your wood on bare dirt.

Gathering sticks and limbs from fallen trees is the best for starting your fire. I would recommend taking matches or a lighter to start your fire with. If you know how to rub two sticks together to get a flame started, you are welcome to do so.

I have tried to use that old fashioned method and would have either froze or done without a fire. It's harder than it sounds and takes a long time. Definitely an acquired skill.

Anyway, boondocking is a way of camping that a lot of people enjoy. You really get the feel of being one with nature. It's a camping adventure to remember.

One thing you will need to think about, ticks.

They are all in the woods and would love to have some body parts to have lunch off of.

Be prepared.

You can set up your tent, build a campfire, cook your meals over the campfire and sleep peacefully (even though you may have to fight the mosquitoes).

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