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By:    On: 2013-07-22

Free camping, also known as “Boondocking” is when you camp with out hookups or any other kind of facilities. Think about it as camping on vacant public land. People choose to boondock for a number of reasons including: save money by not paying for a campsite, or because they prefer to camp alone in nature rather then some crowded campground packed in as sardines.

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Here are the Top Ten Boondocking Tips:

  • When you are on your way to the campsite, relax, its your free time from the rush hour. Breathe in the fresh air and feel the beauty of nature.
  • Make sure you are allowed to camp where you want to. That it isn't private property or you have permission to camp there. Also in some remote places you may need a camping permit. Its always a wise idea to talk to the local park rangers.
  • Do not attract trouble from others camping around you or the wildlife. For example don't blare your music. Leaving food out would be an invitation for animals to invade your camp, eat all your food, and leave poo everywhere.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and conscious of your safety.
  • Keep in mind this is dry camping, no water or other supplies, thus track and conserve your resources such as water, food, and fuel.
  • Check your vehicles engine, tires, etc before your trip and make sure it is all in good working condition for the trip.
  • Have an emergency road trip kit

Experience the thrill of boondocking yourself. Go discover the beauty of nature and tell us all about it on facebook.

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