In my Internet travels to find more information about boondocking tips, I came across a really great article written by Norm and Linda Payne. I couldn’t help but reprint it here as I thought that the info was just so good.
Please enjoy and thanks to Norm for his permission to reprint his original works!
Some boondocking tips:
(These tips are for serious boondocking of a week or more and not for overnighting.)
* Do “G.I.” showers every other day. Turn on water, get wet, turn water off, soap up, turn water on to rinse. Takes two gallons or less. Wash using a sink or small plastic tub the next day.
* While waiting for hot water to reach the faucet save water in a container and use it later for coffee or washing dishes.
* Brush your teeth with water in a small cup and then rinse your mouth with another small cup of fresh water.
* Wash dishes and utensils in small plastic tub to save water. Pour water outside if possible.
* For people with long hair wash your hair in a small plastic tub in the galley sink using one quart of water to wet hair and rinse. Then use about one quart fresh water for the final rinse.
* Use a five gallon collapsible fresh water bottle to store extra water.
* Turn on water heater 5-10 minutes before you need hot water and turn it off immediately after water warms.
* If your toilet has a sprayer use it to quickly rinse the toilet instead of holding down the foot pedal.
* When possible use restrooms in stores, restaurants, service stations, etc.
* Use restroom facilities in campground if available.
* Use disposable paper plates, bowls and cups and plastic forks, spoons and knives.
* Use only one light at a time and it should be the smallest light to do the job.
* Use fluorescent lights instead of incandescent lights.
* Limit use of large electrical loads like TVs, microwave and hair dryer.
* Turn inverter off when not using it.
* Turn off all 12 volt loads that are not being used – clock, radio, TV antenna booster, plug-in cubes for cell phones, printers, computers, etc.
* Before boondocking cook meat and freeze meat with broth in plastic zip lock bags. This will cut down on cooking and cleanup.
* During cooler weather close bedroom door at night to keep bedroom warmer. This will save LP.
* In cool weather face the sun and let solar warm the RV. In hot weather face away from the sun and open your awnings.
Compliments of Norm Payne, http://www.seeya-downtheroad.com/ for his boondocking tips.