If you have any more questions after reading this guide, come talk to one of our camping experts at Camp Site RV. Please be sure to follow these rules so you can have fun camping, while still obeying the law. There are two main types of places where you can never dry camp: National Parks and private land without permission. Now we know national parks are some of the best places to hang out, but they would simply be too crowded if people were allowed to camp on them. Fortunately, there are usually National Forests near most National Parks, so you can park a few miles away and still enjoy one of these attractions in your RV.
Private land is also obviously off limits unless you have permission from the owner. Many of us in Iowa have a friend we can ask who has large enough property for boondocking, and if not, there are still plenty of other places to go!
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There are huge tracts of land upheld by the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and a few other agencies, and most of them allow campers to set up on the land they manage. I definitely still learn something every day! For equipment, we use a Canon 5D and most recently we picked up a Canon 70D for video, but it is also a great camera for stills as well and much more affordable and lighter weight! We have a few different lenses, our most used ones are a mm and a mm.
Have a blast on your trip — will you be keeping a blog or an IG for your travels? Thank you so much for replying so fast! I love photography and took high school classes but I always have a hard time getting a crisp clean photo like yours, I will just keep trying and look into the canon 70D, it sounds like that one might be easier to carry. Hello, what a great and helpfull blog. We are planning a road trip through America and we would love to camp in parks ans forests.
So far we are planning to buy a camper in America not sure yet if it is possible for a foreigner and than travel around for 1 year. I was wondering were do you shower and wash your clothes when you are staying on a place with no amnimeties?
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Because we are travelling with a little boy 4year we will probably do 2 nights on a camping without amenities and 1 night with. In terms of showering and laundry: Laundry is actually fairly easy to take care of. We can typically go 10 days between washes. That is definitely something to consider when deciding what clothes to pack for your trip. We have a portable shower that we bought from REI Nemo Helio pressure shower and that is what we use most of the time, along with biodegradable soap Dr.
I think your strategy of two nights camping without amenities and one night camping in a place with amenities like showers would be a good way of approaching it, especially with a little one in tow.
America is a huge country and the landscape is SO diverse. Dear Megan, Thank you for youre reply. Off course it is possible to wash in a laundromat???? Although we do have to refill it now and then. So i think 2 days camping in the wild and 1 day on a camping should be working.
Glacier is absolutly on top of my wishlist. I have seen the beautifull picturs and i am in love. But i am basicly in love with every np i see. I will check out the site of youre friends for more inspiration. Kind regards, Laura. This idea comes from years of backpacking. We have a small slide-in pop-up camper that has a small water heater and an outdoor shower, but the water tank only holds 20 gal.
Plus, in addition to using a lot of water, the outdoor shower can be inappropriate in some places even if wearing a swimsuit , and is not so pleasant in the colder months. The old towel on the floor catches any drips. You can get remarkably clean this way between normal showers, even more so if you add some alcohol to each sponge-down. One addition I discovered recently… Many wineries offer free camping in designated areas.
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We extended our trip across New York State last year by a few days after we discovered many of the wineries offered free space for RVs, trailers and other enclosed vehicles. Great information! My boyfriend and I are going on a 3 month US roundtrip by car in September…. Do you camp the majority of your nights on free campground with no amenities?
How do you keep yourself clean? Hello, tanks for the good advice. If someone have good ideas for those areas,… Please let us know. Thanks for the tip, Amber! Any free site that has bathrooms and a swimming hole gets a gold star in my book! Good article, lots of good info help. In a pinch if u travel on a scenic highways or the back byways often you can just pull over off the median if it is not private property and car camp.
Of course, what a great website and illuminating posts, I definitely will bookmark your blog.
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All the Best! Another great idea is to join a gym that has locations across USA they all have showers. You can also shower at truck stops. Pay per use but cheap. Great info. Getting ready to go for a minute nth or so across the states. Good Article.
Camping is really very Interesting but never in free. But now i am interested in free camping. I love learning new things. I knew about Walmart and the various truck stops, but the National Forests was a new one for me. I have found that many free-campgrounds to be quite nasty but not because of the managers but because of some of the people. You get what you pay for, I guess. This guide is absolutely incredible.
I have bookmarked it and used it many time. Many thanks for putting this all together. Wal-Mart calls it customers that take longer to make up their minds. Their parking lots are often owned by the managment company that rents to other stores near the Wal-Mart. As always with these private institutions Wal-Mart, Cabelas, etc , while the business itself might encourage overnight parking there can sometimes be local ordinances that expressly prohibit sleeping in your car overnight on public or private property. Great information. We are going to Canada summer and plans to rent a RV.
But we thought IT would be to expansive with the camping fees — this definitely helps out!
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I have one question, how big is the bear threat at this free campsites? Do we need to worry? However, if you keep all your food inside a hard-sided vehicle ex: your RV at night, then you should be fine. Hey love this so much. There are some campsites that have great communities vibes and others with less. The more popular destinations usually have a good, communal vibe.
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The more remote and cheaper campsites, tend to be more isolated. And when in Europe, use the camperstop app. Campings are a different lot that are much easier to find. Thanks for sharing! This is an amazing guide guys. Its great to know that camp lovers are so many and I will definitely bookmark this for my next trip. You mentioned crown land in most of the provinces. Are there no places on crown land in Manitoba?
So thankful to find your site, we are both active seniors retired and healthy, while trying to plan a trip and finding even now in January that parks that are reservable are booked up and the cost is prohibitive, we decided to explore the idea of wild camping. Thanks guys for this site and all the great tips.