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Is Boondocking Boring? Staying Entertained in the Middle of Nowhere

We love finding a boondocking spot out in the middle of public lands. We’re all alone, with incredible views all around, and all we can hear is the birds singing or the wind through the sagebrush.

But after we’ve sat and enjoyed the beauty, what else do we do? What’s the point in camping out in the middle of nowhere, where there is nothing to do?

Today we’re sharing what there is to do when boondocking.

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What Do People Actually Do When Boondocking?

To those unfamiliar with boondocking, it may seem like a boring thing to do. And to be honest, some boondocking spots aren’t even close to noteworthy attractions like national parks, trailheads, or even a town.

The idea of boondocking is about self-sufficiency. All we have is all we need, even when it comes to staying active and entertained. Keep in mind that the maximum boondocking duration in any one spot is usually 14 days.

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Work 

This is one we do a lot when boondocking. Boondocking allows us to get a lot of work done without the distractions of nearby attractions or noisy urban settings.

Believe it or not, many RVers are digital nomads like us and work from the road. There are some incredible boondocking spots where RVers with remote jobs can get blazing internet speeds from their hotspots and other connections. We can manage online businesses and even participate in video conferences while RVing off the grid.

Not everyone enjoying the RV lifestyle is independently wealthy or retired. Some are still working everyday jobs while living a unique and adventurous lifestyle.

Watch TV

If we have good internet and plenty of power, there is nothing stopping us from watching Netflix and chillin’. Plus, we’re not fighting our neighbors for bandwidth!

Read a Book or Play Games

If we don’t have good internet (which is rare, thanks to Starlink), we love taking some time to be disconnected and slow down. This means grabbing a book to read or playing physical games with each other.

Mortons on the Move RV boondocking near mountains.
From hiking, biking, fishing, and more, boondocking has many fun adventures for you in store.

Hike

Whether it’s a stroll or an intense adventure, many boondockers enjoy hiking. Since many boondocking sites are on public lands, nature is often all around us. While many campsites will have trails, we can also enjoy walking two tracks and along the backroads we took to get there.

Boondocking can allow us to camp closer to a trailhead to get an early start. Some of the longer hikes may require several hours or have limited parking. Getting as much sleep as possible and still beating the crowds is always a bonus! 

Cait from Mortons on the Move hiking with her dogs.
Enjoy the great outdoors while boondocking by hitting the hiking trails.

Off-Road

Many boondocking locations are remote and have minimal road infrastructure. These areas are often ideal for those looking to do some off-roading in their Jeep or other capable vehicles. Exploring the landscapes but avoiding the physical demands of hiking can be a tremendous benefit.

Boondocking can allow us to spend the entire day off-roading and exploring the surrounding area without a long drive home at the end of the day. We can even pull up to our RV to grab lunch or a snack before heading out for more adventures.

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Bike

The perfect combination of hiking and off-roading is biking. We can cover a tremendous amount of land. Many boondocking locations have forest service roads and two tracks that are excellent to explore via bike.

And with an e-bike, we can even have a little assistance on those hills. We can also get into some pretty epic locations that even a competent off-roading vehicle can’t access.

Mortons on the Move biking in the desert
Explore your boondocking site by bike on your next adventure.

Bird & Wildlife Watching

RV camping off-grid usually provides more privacy, which means quiet. Bird watchers and wildlife lovers like us enjoy boondocking because we don’t have to worry about noisy neighbors scaring away the animals.

We can photograph the outdoors at our campsite or take our camera with us on a hike. Capturing birds and other wildlife in a picture can be great conversation starters with other RVers and our family.

Fish

Fishing is another popular activity among those who enjoy boondocking. There are some excellent boondocking spots near popular fishing communities around the country. Whether they’re camping on the lake or close enough to drive to it, boondockers can bring enough fish back to their RV for dinner.

Cook

Some boondockers can make lavish meals that resemble fine dining while boondocking. Whether they’re trying to practice their skills or impress their fellow boondockers, eating is a necessary part of any camping trip. Cooking delicious meals in a tiny space with minimal supplies can be challenging, but it is a great way to expand our cooking skills.

Cait and Tom from Mortons on the Move cooking outside while boondocking.
Let your inner chef shine while boondocking.

Practice Art

Many boondockers take advantage of nature’s scenery and quietness to develop their creativity. Practicing various art forms without getting distracted or disturbing others is a tremendous benefit of boondocking.

Whether we want to practice a guitar solo, capture an unforgettable sunset in paint, or draw wildlife, boondocking can provide infinite inspiration.

Catch Up on RV Maintenance or Cleaning

Some RV maintenance and cleaning projects cannot be done in a campground. Whether there’s not enough space or there are too many good Samaritans wanting to lend a hand, boondocking can be a great place to spread out those tools and catch up on maintenance.

Take Advantage of the Solitude

It’s hard not to love the peace boondocking has to offer. The solitude is unlike anything most campgrounds can provide. Boondockers will often take advantage of the quiet to read, journal, or enjoy being alone. 

Many boondockers will take it a step further and disconnect from technology. Turning off their phones and simply enjoying not receiving notifications for every tweet or email can be tremendously freeing.

Tom from Mortons on the Move relaxing in scenic boondocking site.
Enjoy the tranquil peace and quiet that boondocking offers.

How Do We Find a Boondocking Site?

There are a number of boondocking apps and websites that can help us find amazing boondocking spots. Many have massive databases of campgrounds and various campsites. We can use filters to limit results to only those that apply to what we’re looking for in a camp.

While scrolling through the results, we can look at individual campsites and read reviews to see if the location will fit our RV. It should also have information from previous users that can be helpful.

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Is Boondocking Worth It?

Boondocking is a truly incredible way to experience nature and spend your time while RVing. However, we must go into every boondocking trip adequately prepared. We want to ensure we have the necessary supplies to last for the duration of your trip.

You don’t want to get to your camp and discover you have no water, your tanks are full, or you have no way to create power. The key to an unforgettable boondocking experience is preparation so that when you arrive, you can kick back, relax, and enjoy camping at its best!

What do you enjoy doing while you’re boondocking? Drop a comment below!

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About Tom and Caitlin Morton

Tom & Caitlin Morton of Mortons on the Move gave up the stationary life for one where they are constantly on the move. They are full-time travelers, television hosts, and digital media producers.
They left their jobs, sold their house and possessions, and hit the road in September 2015 in their full-time “home on wheels”. Since then they have traveled the US, Canada, and even internationally by RV.
Now, they are Discovery Channel & PBS TV Co-stars of “Go North” on Amazon Prime Video, co-founders and instructors of RV Masterclass, and contributing authors for Hwy.co and an Arizona travel guide.

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gary

Friday 23rd of June 2023

This might sound a bit weird, but I am not big on hiking or anything. I mainly go boondocking just to be in a different location away from people. I bring my gaming computer and I play video games or watch TV most days. Mainly stuff I do at home, but in a different spot. I am actually going to be full time when I retire and will probably continue to just go from place to place and do my normal daily schedule.

Mortons on the Move

Friday 23rd of June 2023

Agree! Its just nice to go somewhere else and get away, even if you do your normal things :) We do it too.

Lori

Wednesday 16th of March 2022

Good read. Boondocking is our preferred way to camp. Our favorite thing to do is to just enjoy the surroundings. We read, & take in the area we are at. Our dogs love to go on long walks or to go hiking. They usually talk us into going at some point during the day.

Mortons on the Move

Friday 1st of April 2022

Boondocking is our favorite, too! :)