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Tips for Conserving Water While Boondocking/Dry Camping


When boondocking or dry camping, resources are limited so conservation is crucial to making sure your RVing adventure lasts as long as you intend it to. There are plenty of steps you can take to better preserve your water supply so that you can enjoy some of the most isolated and remote areas without having to worry about running out. Before taking off on your next rustic camping excursion, check out these tips for conserving water while boondocking/dry camping and ensure that you never go thirsty during your trip!

Waste Not, Want Not

To preserve a fixed supply of fresh water, it’s imperative that you don’t waste a drop. Every bit of water should fulfill a purpose before it ends up in a drain. Implement some of these tips to avoid letting your valuable water go to waste.

  • Before heading to your destination, do an inspection of your RV’s lines and faucets to ensure that there are no leaks unknowingly draining your water supply.

  • When brushing your teeth, washing your hands, or shaving, only run the water when it is needed. Turn it off when it is not being used.

  • As you run the water waiting for it to reach a desired temperature, collect it in a pitcher and use it for other needs later on like drinking or bathing.

Choose to Reuse

Put your secondhand water to good use by reusing the water you already used! Relax, it’s not as repulsive of an idea as it may sound and it can stretch your water supply immensely. Implement some of these tips to make use of already-used water.

  • After you’re done washing your dishes (see tips for dishwashing below), use your dirty, soapy dishwater to flush your toilet.

  • While you’re bathing (see tips for bathing below), catch the water you use and utilize it later for flushing the toilet.

  • Use natural dish soaps, shampoos, and shower gels, as they will allow you to safely reuse your gray water for watering plants without negative environmental effects.

Conservation Commodities

There are a number of available products that you can purchase and pack along on your boondocking and dry camping adventures to help you preserve your water supply. Buy these items for your RV and make conserving water easier than ever.

  • Aerators limit the flow of water from your faucets without compromising the water pressure, so your water use is reduced without you even consciously realizing it.

  • Reusable plastic ice cubes allow you to keep your drinks cold without using water to continuously make new ice. And as a bonus, your drinks won’t get diluted!

  • When choosing cookware for your RV, if possible, purchase easy-to-clean Teflon coated pots and pans which will save on water when dishwashing.

  • Bag showers use minimal water and they let you bathe outside which, as a result, keeps your gray tank capacity low. Just be sure to use natural soaps with this product.

Tips For Dishwashing

When dishwashing, use a rag or paper towel to wipe off any food residue from your dinnerware and cookware. Use a dish pan that fits in your sink to soak and wash your dishes. Use natural dish soap, as it will be less sudsy and make rinsing easier. Use a separate tub to rinse your dishes and only fill it with as much water as you need. Once you are finished, be sure to save your dirty dishwater for other uses.

Tips For Bathing

When you’re trying to conserve water you can say goodbye to those long, steamy showers. Opt instead for sponge baths and supplement showering with wet wipe washes. When showering is absolutely necessary, turn off the water while soaping up and any other instances when it is not imperative to have the water on. Keeping the water cold will encourage you to be quick while bathing. To save water while washing your hair, use a pail and rinse with a cup. As always, when you’re done bathing, put your used water to good use in some other way!

There are plenty of methods you can carry out during your dry camping adventures to preserve your water supply so that it lasts the length of your stay. If you’ve got any more tips to add to the list, let us know in the comments!

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