One of the key components to boondocking is water supply. Managing your fresh and grey water use is a key to ensuring that you do not have to pack up camp and make a trip to get potable water and dump your tanks every few days. I have been collecting ideas on water management recently and decided to share them with you.
Top 10 Water Conservation Tips for T@bbers:
Use paper plates, plastic silverware – I learned this last year. Besides, who wants to wash more dishes?
Use a food scraper to get dishes as clean as possible – scrape every last trace of food off of the dishes, utensils, pots, and pans. I use food scrapers for a variety of household chores, too.
Use a large spray bottle for washing dishes, and cleaning up between showers – Courtesy of Verna from a thread over on the T@b forums.
Use dry shampoo – gives your hair an extra day or so between hair washings. I tried this for the first time last year and it really did help make my hair feel cleaner.
Use water from a gallon jug of water to flush the toilet
Take “Navy” showers – Rinse off then turn off the shower, lather up, then rinse off. In other words, don’t leave the water running the entire time or your entire freshwater supply might go down the drain as you are busy singing show tunes.
Use body wipes between showers. A friend gave me a couple of large packs a couple of years ago and they really do help when you are stretching the water yet want to feel a little cleaner.
Use bottled water for drinking and cooking
Use non-stick pans
Use a grill or pie iron and line them with aluminum foil
Extra Water Storage
- Some rest areas, generally free
- Some National Park, National Forest or BLM offices
- Other campgrounds, generally a fee
- Some gas stations (although fewer and fewer)
- City water department or sanitation (generally a fee)
- Local Chamber of Commerce
- Ask! Try asking a business – make sure you let them know it is not a big motor home tank, but a tiny trailer. In my case, that’s a 5 gallon tank!
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