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Boondocking has been gaining popularity and, while there will always be a demand for full-hookup campgrounds, the desire to unhook and unwind in nature is at the heart of the increase in dry camping and boondocking. Any successful boondocking experience starts with the proper preparation. Whether you are planning a night or two of dry camping in a parking lot on your way to your final destination, or your ultimate destination is boondocking and spending a significant amount of time at a remote location in the wilderness, you need to be prepared. This RV dry camping checklist will help get you ready for your trip and have the best experience possible.

People camp for all sorts of reasons. Some want to get away from the regular routine and have an excuse to cook a hot dog over the fire. Others want a vacation without the expense of a hotel room and restaurant bills. Still others want to be near the lake, the mountains or even the sand and the surf.

Then there are those who want to get away from it all, really get away. Away from all modern conveniences and get back to nature. If leaving the hustle and bustle behind sounds appealing to you, then boondocking may be just what you’ve been looking for. So, what is boondocking? Let’s look at what it is, the appeal, and where and how it’s done.

They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch. However, there is such a thing as free RV camping. In fact, President Roosevelt called for the creation of free campgrounds on Federal lands when he addressed Congress in 1901. (Although at that time he wasn’t referring to RVs!)

Now commonly referred to as boondocking, camping free of charge is real, but it isn’t for everyone. Boondocking isn’t officially defined but the term stems from the expression “boondocks” that refers to a remote area. Overnight RV parking places such as truck stops, Wal-Mart parking lots, or campgrounds in which RV hookups aren’t available may not necessarily seem remote, but are all generally lumped into the boondocking category.