11 Tips To ensure a great dry camping experience

11 Tips To ensure a great dry camping experience
11 Tips To ensure a great dry camping experience

Dry camping is an acquired skill, but it's also one that you can learn with practice. In fact, I'd recommend practicing in your driveway or a local campground if you're new to this. Some people are born outdoor aficionados and can do something like dry camping without a hitch (pun intended). For the rest of us, though, you'll need to get a handle on setting up camp and using your equipment before you head out into the wilderness.

Be confident in your ability to set up camp.

Be confident in your ability to set up camp. Practice setting up your camp, your camper and even with a partner. Practice setting up your camper in different conditions: windy and wet, sunny and dry or even at night. The more confident you are when setting up camp the easier it will be to do when you’re on the road.

Bring a spare tire.

Bring a spare tire that matches the one on your truck. Don’t forget the tools to change the tire and don’t forget to check the air pressure in your tires before you leave, either. You should also bring a jack with you so you can change it if need be, but it's always good practice to have one handy just in case.

Have an efficient storage system.

  • Have an efficient storage system.

Storing your gear in the same place each time makes it easier to find items and keeps your dry camp organized. You can use a checklist to ensure that you don’t forget any essentials, as well as making sure everything fits back in the vehicle after use. It is important to store items in a way that makes them easy to access when needed, and clear containers will help make finding items easier when there's little light around. If possible, store items that need to stay dry (such as your food) in specially designed waterproof containers like dry bags—this will prevent moisture from damaging any of your belongings or creating moldy smells inside your vehicle!

Keep your truck and camper in good shape.

It is not the end of the world if you are forced to dry camp for a night or two, but it is a good idea to take steps to ensure that your vehicle and camper are in top shape. Follow these tips:

  • Have a good service history. A vehicle that has been well maintained will be less likely to break down on the road and cause problems for you. Make sure that all maintenance has been performed according to manufacturer specifications, including oil changes and other routine tasks like changing filters.

  • Keep your truck in good shape. Your truck's tires should be properly inflated, and there should be enough tread left so they can provide traction when driving on rough surfaces like dirt roads or gravel paths through campgrounds where there may not be pavement available yet (or ever). The same goes for your camper's tires; they need enough traction so they don't get stuck while driving through campground roads and trails with less than perfect conditions such as ice patches before reaching their destination!

  • Change out any worn out parts before leaving home — especially those related directly with driving such as belts/hoses/belts etc., but also batteries which can fail unexpectedly like anything else electronic device does over time without proper care during regular use conditions."

Use a generator.

Generators are a must-have for dry camping. Not only do they provide you with power, but they also keep the batteries charged and your camper cool in hot weather.

  • Make sure to check your generator every few days to ensure that everything is working properly. You can check for gas leaks by putting some soapy water on the generator’s gas tank and inspecting it for bubbles. If there are no bubbles visible, then the fuel line hasn’t ruptured or cracked from excessive heat exposure during use; however, if there are bubbles present then this indicates that either the fuel line has been compromised or there is some sort of leak within your engine compartment/battery compartment/or both (which can be very dangerous).

  • Keep an eye out for any signs that indicate overheating problems:

  • Heavy-duty fans should always have blades rotating freely without any interference from dirt or other debris getting stuck inside them;

  • If you notice any signs of oil leaking onto surfaces like flooring or paint job areas - especially near engines or transmission systems - make sure to stop using these systems immediately because they could cause serious damage over time if left unchecked;

Store extra water.

When you dry camp, the only water source is what you brought with you. And while there's plenty of water in the desert, it can be far away from your campsite.

To be prepared for any situation, it's smart to bring extra water with you while dry camping. Here are some options:

  • Water jug: A standard five-gallon jug of water is ideal for keeping under your truck bed cover or inside your vehicle when leaving the campsite for long periods of time--and it'll make refilling a lot easier if need be. Just keep in mind that each gallon weighs 8 pounds (about 4 kilograms).

  • Water filter: If driving back and forth from town isn't an option, then having a filter on hand can help ensure that all of that delicious coffee doesn't go to waste due to uncleanliness! A basic one will do just fine so long as its filter isn't damaged by sand particles--just make sure they're clean before pumping them through again (or better yet use bottled water instead!).

Bring collapsible items.

Collapsible items are a great way to fit more into your rig. Here are some examples:

  • Collapsible water containers

  • Collapsible trash bins

  • Collapsible chairs and tables

  • Collapsible dishware and storage containers

There's also the option of bathroom accessories that can be used in other places, such as shower curtains and caddies, or even shower heads.

Be flexible.

Being flexible is the key to success when dry camping.

Your plans can change on a dime, so you should be ready to adapt. If you're planning a trip to Yosemite and the weather turns out rainy or cold, you may have to change your destination or spend more time at your original destination than expected.

If your schedule is tight, being flexible with it may mean that you need to leave earlier than planned or stay later. There are many things that have an impact on our lives outside of our control such as traffic jams and road construction projects that could make us late for something important like a meeting or event we promised someone we would attend.

You also need to be flexible with where in the campground you decide on setting up because there might only be one open space left—and if that's not what works best for your family's needs then maybe it isn't worth trying after all! But don't worry too much about this potential issue because most campgrounds do allow people who are leaving early enough notice before their departure date (usually 24 hours) so there shouldn't be any problems associated with changing locations mid-trip either!

Stay organized and clean.

The key to a successful dry camping experience is organization. If you’re not organized, the whole trip could be a disaster. It doesn’t matter if you have the most luxurious camper on earth; if it's messy and disorganized, it will still be unpleasant.

The first thing to do is make sure that all of your gear is in good condition and ready for camping before leaving home. This can be as simple as checking batteries, cleaning out food wrappers or washing clothes—or more involved like repairing broken items or checking oil levels in various machines (depending on what kind of vehicle you use).

Next comes making sure that everything fits neatly into your vehicle so there isn't any wasted space or extra weight causing problems during travel—especially when climbing hills with steep grades like some mountain passes require! You'll also want to make sure everything has been properly packed away so nothing gets lost along the way – especially important because losing something would mean having fewer resources available when they're needed most!

Finally comes keeping everything organized once inside because this will ensure things don't get mixed up while also making them easier for everyone else traveling with us who might need something else later! We recommend being methodical about this process by labeling each item clearly so everyone knows exactly what goes where before putting anything away."

Cook outdoors.

Cooking outdoors can turn any campsite into a cookout. Even if you don’t have a grill, you can still enjoy those campfire meals that are so popular. There are many different ways to cook outdoors, and it is not only healthier but also cheaper than eating at restaurants or even fast food places. Cooking outdoors also helps children get involved in the fun of camping and learn about healthy foods by showing them how to prepare them for dinner or breakfast before heading out on an adventure.

Use a hitch extender if you need one.

If you have a vehicle with a short bed that uses a hitch, it can be difficult to get your campers out of the truck bed. If this is the case, you'll want to consider getting a hitch extender. You can find them online or in most hardware stores and they don't cost too much money.

Once you've purchased one, simply attach it to your existing trailer hitch and then throw your camper in as normal! It doesn't take any more effort than hooking up without one of these extenders.

There are many different styles and brands of these extensions—so what should you look for when selecting one? The best way is by reading reviews from past customers on websites like Amazon where users have left feedback about their experiences with each product brand so that way when purchasing one yourself, there's no guessing involved!

With preparation and practice, you can be great at dry camping!

Pro Tip: With preparation and practice, you can be great at dry camping!

Practice setting up your camper before you go on your first trip. Practice setting up your camper in your driveway, backyard or garage. You will be more comfortable with the process when it comes to doing it for real on a campsite.


Dry camping is a fun and adventurous way to spend a weekend, or longer. It’s an opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of your everyday life and enjoy nature while still having all the comforts of home. If you do it right, you won’t even notice that there are no hookups! With the tips we’ve given you today, you can be confident that your next dry camping trip will be just as comfortable as any other camping experience.

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