Where To Camp
Ah, the joys of hitting the wide open road in your RV. But where should you spend the night? How do you find the perfect campsite to settle in and enjoy nature?
At Camp Addict, we love to camp away from RV parks or other organized campgrounds. Instead, we head to the vast public lands (out West at least) and camp in the wilderness. Here are a few ways we (and you can) camp:
Boondocking is remote camping, outside of improved campgrounds, without having any utilities such as a water source, power, trash, or dump stations.
Dispersed camping is camping in a National Forest outside of any improved campground. It's boondocking in a National Forest.
Dry camping is simply camping anywhere without being hooked up to utilities. You can dry camp in a driveway, Walmart parking lot, or truck stop. Boondocking and dispersed camping is also dry camping.
What You Should Know About Camping Safety
Not to instill fear... camping is likely safer than hanging out in a city. BUT. There ARE things that can happen if you're not using your head. There are things that can happen if you are not prepared. After all, you are likely heading out into nature. And nature can kill. So, we wrote a few things about it.
All You Need To Know About Boondocking
This is the only way we camp! No campgrounds will be blogged about at Camp Addict. Camping on public lands? Heck yes! There's plenty to know about the subject. That's why we cover the big ones in these articles. Also one to help you decide if boondocking is going to be right for you or not.
How To Camp On Public Land
Dispersed camping, dry camping, boondocking, national forest camping... they are all similar. But there are a few differences. The more you know about it the better your experiences will be.
Other Overnight Camping Options
Nothing in the RV world conjures up more controversy than parking at Walmart or in truck stops! We do believe we have covered all corners of these touchy subjects. Read on and we hope this helps you to decide what is right and wrong about these two parking options. You may learn something you didn't know before.
All Articles On Finding The Perfect Campsite
Below are all the articles we've written about camping on public lands, and other ways to find a place to stop for the night.
Remote Camping Musings
Anyone can hit the internet and look up campgrounds and the go park at one. Easy stuff. However, there is SO much more to camping than parking in what is essentially a parking lot with utilities.
If you are wanting to escape the noise, rules (most of them), ugly views, and COST of campgrounds, you can camp on public land with the right tools (solar, generator, etc). It's harder to find public land that you would even want to camp on in the East.
Out West, it's a different story.
The difference is night and day. Marshall and Kelly have both spent pretty much 100% of their full-time RVing lives out on public lands. Living for free and free from the negative aspects of campground life.
From this they have gained a vast knowledge of how to do it, how to enjoy it, and how to make the most of it.
It has become MUCH easier to find places to camp, even since each of them hit the road. With websites and apps popping up all the time with everything you would want to know about the sites available, anyone can now confidently hit any boondocking spot that sounds like a fit for them.
Before, finding spots wasn't so easy. Because of this, and because of the surging popularity of RVing, spots have become more and more crowded.
This isn't necessarily a good thing. But it's our reality.
Please, if you do choose to camp on public lands, be respectful. Don't park on top of other people, don't be that ridiculously noisy neighbor with the loud music and contractor generator, don't park where you aren't supposed to be parking, don't LITTER, pick up any litter you do see, don't defacate on the soil and leave your toilet paper there with it... and so much more.
Educate yourself so that you aren't part of the problem.
More and more camping areas are being shut down due to overcrowding with abuse of the land.
It's devastatingly sad. But there's no other option.
We love our public lands. We respect our public lands. We hope you do as well.
Our lands are for us. They are there so we can recreate and enjoy them and what they stand for. Boondocking is one of our favorite things in the world to do.
We hope you can get out there and do the same, respectfully.
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