If you want to reduce your carbon footprint or just get off the grid with your RV, you can easily do this with some basic tips. Not only will you enjoy greater daily freedom, you’ll also get some much-needed time away from the crowds. Whether for a short trip or a longer excursion, this advice will prepare you well for living off-grid in your RV.
1. Stock Up on Water
Your camper may have a water tank to fill already but, if not, make sure that you travel with enough water for your daily needs. Usually, a gallon per person per day is a general guideline but you should be more liberal with your estimates. Pack a little extra for washing, showers, and doing dishes as needed.
2. Have a Power Supply
The battery in the RV will probably allow you to turn on the lights in the evening but may not do much more than that. Make sure that you have at least one extra source of power. Solar powered battery packs are a great option and can be used to power devices or anything else that’s needed.
3. Plan for Cooking
When you’re traveling in an RV, propane is often the easiest option when it comes to cooking. Your RV may have a propane-fueled stove that’s easy to use. If you prefer to cook outside, consider a grill with charcoal or propane bottles. Propane can even be used to power the refrigerator on the RV so look into this option if you’re carrying cold-storage items.
Food storage for a longer trip can be a challenge, so it would be wise to check out a prepper site like Preparedness Mama for more advice. They have great tips on how to can foods, other preservation methods, and what foods are best for storing and preserving.
4. Bathing and Hygiene
Although you’re living off the grid, you still want to stay fairly clean, at least at the end of the day. Allot yourself a certain amount of water and take “navy showers” to keep your water consumption low. This is a shower where you rinse off and then turn the water off. Soap and shampoo with the water off and then turn the water back on and rinse. This is good for a deeper clean but for quicker options, stock moist wipes. They are great for a quick clean option that doesn’t require water.
5. Toilet Options
If your RV has a bathroom, you may be able to go a few weeks without having to dump the tank. The black water tanks often hold gallons of waste that can be used for a significant amount of time. If you don’t have this option, a five-gallon bucket with a seat on top may be a reasonable option.
When you’re getting ready to go off the grid, you may be concerned about meeting your basic necessities. The good news is that it’s easy to live without many modern conveniences with a little planning and preparation. Use this advice to make your transition easier.