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Tips on Free Camping in the US for Beginners

Tips on Free Camping in the US for Beginners - MyDriveHoliday

Camping at Oshkosh, Wisconsin

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There are two ways to camp out when you are on a self-drive holiday: the regular commercial camping, where you park at a campground and the more exhilarating freedom camping, which means staying in low cost (or often free) camping area.

Freedom camping is also called "boondocking" or "dry camping". Contrary to popular belief, it is legal and safe and also one of the best ways to get the most out of your trip. Here are some tips on free camping in the US.

Find the right vehicle

All campervans and RV have dual batteries, making them ideal for free camping. However, since facilities are limited, look for a vehicle with large fresh water and holding tanks as well as a shower and toilet. An RV with a generator is also a great option so you can save your battery power. Start looking for a motorhome in USA RV Rental.

Stay at Walmart

There is more to Walmart than being a one-stop shop for your camping essentials. Most Walmarts will also allow you to stay overnight in their parking lot. Just make sure to stay in the space designated for RV parking and remember your camping etiquette.

Urban Camping

Urban Camping

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Look out for signs

Free camping is legal everywhere. However, keep an eye out for signs that advise you not to park.

Conserve water

There's a reason why it's called “dry camping”: you will not have much access to running water. Save your water as much as possible, until your next stop at a commercial campground.

Plan your meals

Work on recipes that would only need to be cooked in one pot, use plastic utensils or eat out. This way, you don't need to use too much water for washing your crockery.

Be nice to your neighbor

You're probably not the only one out there camping, so try not to play your music too loud or stay up talking loudly until morning. Free camping is still like staying at a commercial campsite, so remember your camping etiquette.

Don't light the campfire

Well, not before you check if it's allowed, anyway. Also, do not use your campfire as a trash can. Dispose of your trash properly before leaving the camping spot.

Don't stay too long

Although it's tempting to stay in one spot once you've gotten used to it, it's never a good idea to stay much longer than 3 days, especially if you have waste to dispose.

Clean as you go

Dispose of your waste properly and never dump your black and grey water into lakes or rivers. Get a list of dump points around the US.

Did you find this helpful? Let us know. Share our tips with your friends so everyone can enjoy the perks of free camping!

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