SIMPLE BOONDOCKING RECIPES

One of the greatest experiences you can have in your RV is boondocking.  Boondocking, dispersed camping, wild camping, off the grid or dry camping are all terms to describe camping in your RV without hooking up to any utilities or connections.  Boondocking is a form of camping by which you carry all your own water, capturing your own wastewater and generating your own power.   Often times dry camping can be free on public lands (where permitted) or could be on state park campgrounds where you can access for a small fee.   As amazing as dispersed camping could be, the challenge of cooking creative, healthy, delicious meals is one of the hardest aspects of “off the grid” life; and for us to keep things allergy free adds an extra level of challenges.

 

Almost everything we create when boondocking is geared towards minimizing water usage, cleanup, and cooking time.   Some essential items to make cooking easier and faster are having a large supply of paper plates, zip top bags, a supply of plastic silverware, propane grill, pressure cooker if you have a generator or even an older one that doesn’t need power, and some well thought out pre-planning.

 

Smart planning for an overnight (or two) boondocking trip is not only necessary but quite simple.   The night before we know we will be unplugged, we do as much prepping as we can.  For example, our one pot Chicken Fajita Pasta dish requires sliced veggies, chicken and pasta.  One day before, we prep all the sliced items and put them into Zip top bags with seasoning.   We slice the peppers/ onions and put them in a bag with half of the seasoning, then dice the tomatoes and place in another bag, followed by cubed raw chicken in yet another bag with the other half of seasoning.   Then on a cooking day, we use the propane oven to assemble and cook in one pot.  This could also be a pressure cooker recipe running off a generator for a half hour or an old school pressure cooker not requiring power.

 

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5 UNPLUGGED ACTIVITIES TO DO WITH KIDS

One of our favorite things about RVing has to be the time spent unplugged with our kids.  Our daily life consists of being highly connected online, so when we have the opportunity to bring simplicity back into our fast-paced lifestyle, we jump all over it.

We have compiled a short list of some of the most recent tech-free activities we have done with our girls.  If any of these stand out to you as an option for your family, perfect; if you have any other great projects to add, let us know in the comments!

 

1) The Pet Rock 2.0

While at a new campground in Arizona, the girls collected a bucket full of rocks they wanted to “sell” to neighboring campers.  We quickly put the brakes on their entrepreneurial idea because it didn’t seem to have a great moral agenda.   Instead, we suggested turning their favorite rocks into modern versions of pet rocks (circa Gary Dahl 1975).  Armed with a few colors of paint I purchased at the local hardware store we set out to make some pets.

 

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HOW TO DO COMMON RV MAINTENANCE

We have put together 4 easy maintenance projects that will keep your RV lasting throughout your entire adventure and with just a little bit of work.  We should all be working less with our RVs and spending more time enjoying them.

 

RV Wash Hack

While traveling across the country, we learned that the luxury of washing our RV at home was not so easily achieved in most parts of the country.   Most campgrounds wouldn’t allow us to wash our trailer in an effort to save valuable water resources.  We were often torn between keeping our investment in good condition and paying the high cost of a company to come out and wash the rig for us.  So we created this “RV Wash Hack” that helped us work with minimal water usage.  We have often successfully washed our whole 42ft RV with only a little more than a half of a gallon of water.

 

The secret tool we use is a common microfiber mop system with an integrated spray bottle attachment.  We use the Rubbermaid Reveal mop system for this demo.

 

 

In the removable reservoir, we put a mixture of water and RV wash & wax.

 

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CREATIVE MEAL PACKING FOR CAMPING OR EXPLORING

When camping, traveling, exploring or entertaining allergy free/safe food is always our primary concern. We don’t have the luxury of stopping by a deli for a quick bite, so we had to come up with some creative food storage ideas over the years. Although you might only need to think about what your lunch scenario might be like on your hike, we need to think about each and every meal ahead of us. Whether it is an overnight stay, a day trip, a mid-day snack or 3-day camping excursion, packing food creatively has become a lifestyle for us.

We have come up with some simple food packaging ideas, recipes, and creative container solutions to share that might help all campers well beyond allergy sensitive explorers.

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HOW 4 MONTHS ON THE ROAD CHANGED OUR LIFE

Have it all. The American Dream. The American Way. Not enough hours in the week.  Keeping up with the Joneses, Work Hard/Play Hard. All these colloquialisms defined our life as typical self-employed New Englanders. We had a crazy dream- work remotely for a few months so as to travel cross country. Another typical bucket list adventure / goal that we wanted to add to our ballooning list of accomplishments and acquisitions. What we never expected, was our four-month trip across the U.S. and back would change our outlook on everything we’ve been working 90 hrs. a week to maintain, and essentially reset our path in life.

When we hit the road it was naïvely just an opportunity to pour a little more life into our mundane daily routine. Our supporters said it was going to be the most envious journey they could dream of. The nay-sayers said it was selfish of us, and we would likely come back split up over the stress of living in 450 sq. ft. Essentially everyone was wrong, including ourselves.

The nay-sayers couldn’t have been more wrong. Within about 2 weeks of living fulltime in 450 sq. ft., we realized that life was so much more relaxing without the extra 2000 sq. ft. to manage. We connected with each other, we talked, we played and we laughed.

Massive weights were lifted from our shoulders knowing we didn’t need to fill our home with decorations, latest electronics, newest home trends, DIY improvement projects, maintenance, etc. All that “desire to acquire” was immediately gone. The withdrawal symptoms of being unable to Amazon Prime our every whim were challenging at times, but awareness of our “desire to acquire addiction” took center stage. We realized the rat race we were trapped in back home, had completely clouded our lives. Without the distractions of typical American life, the desire to explore, learn, communicate, and bond as a family completely fed our souls.

We never looked at our 450 sq. ft. as anything more than an allergy safe food preparation location and nightly resting place, (and office space). The entire country became our “back yard.”

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