How To Create A Personalized Google Map For Boondocking and Camping

Welcome to our How-To Series. In this video series, we will explain the many how-tos of Airstream Living. From full-time RVing, to travel, to living in a tiny space we will share what we have learned from living this lifestyle. We encourage you to comment below with your own advice on this topic, as well as any other How-Tos you would like to see.

This week’s topic is How To Create A Personalized Google Map For Boondocking and Camping. We did a video a couple of weeks ago about How to Find Free Camping and mentioned we have created our own Google Map to keep track of good boondocking locations. A few viewers asked for a tutorial so here it is.

The first step is to sign into a Google Account since that is where the map will be saved. Then go to Google maps and click on the menu, then My Places and finally My Maps. At the bottom click the link for Create Map. From there you can name the map, name layers and add new pins for camping locations. Don’t forget to personalize the icon and color and fill in a title and description too. Once there you can open your new map on any device with google maps, including a smart phone, and use it to direct you to all the cool spots you’ve saved!

This week’s links:
How to Find Free Camping
Google Maps
Campendium

 

How To Keep Your RV/Airstream Clean While Camping in the Wilderness

Welcome to our How-To Series. In this video series, we will explain the many how-tos of Airstream Living. From full-time RVing, to travel, to living in a tiny space we will share what we have learned from living this lifestyle. We encourage you to comment below with your own advice on this topic, as well as any other How-Tos you would like to see.

This week’s topic is How To Keep Your RV/Airstream Clean While Camping in the Wilderness. We try to boondock or camp in the wilderness without hookups as much as we can. We’ve learned that this can mean a very messy Airstream home between us and our dogs. We’ve worked out a method and some tips and tricks that work for us. Keeping the Airstream clean on the inside means taking some preventative measures on the outside. We highly recommend an outdoor area rug right outside your RV door to prevent tracking in mud or dirt. We also have a mat right inside the Airstream to wipe feet on as well. It is also useful to get or make a portable sprayer to spray down muddy feet or animal paws outside on the area rug before stepping inside.

Once inside it’s important to have someplace close to the door to store shoes so that they aren’t worn too far into the RV. We also recommend changing out any carpeting in the entry area as it is hard to clean. We switched ours out to a vinyl plank flooring which is so much easier. We vacuum and Swiffer it every day or two to keep everything nice and clean. A few other tips involve watching for dusty days and dirt coming in the windows, making our own cleaner and covering upholstery with blankets that we can wash instead of having to deal with the upholstery itself.

This week’s links:
Outdoor Rug (Amazon affiliate)
Outdoor Portable Sprayer (Amazon affiliate)

 

How To Find Free Camping – How We Find All Our Airstream Boondocking Spots

Welcome to our How-To Series. In this video series, we will explain the many how-tos of Airstream Living. From full-time RVing, to travel, to living in a tiny space we will share what we have learned from living this lifestyle. We encourage you to comment below with your own advice on this topic, as well as any other How-Tos you would like to see.

This week’s topic is How To Find Free Camping. We touch on finding free overnight camping at stores or rest areas, to finding places to stay in the wilderness for weeks at a time. For free overnight camping, we rely mostly on the AllStays app which has great information on Walmarts, Cabelas, rest stops and other great spots.

When trying to find free wilderness camping we start our search on Campendium. We also check FreeCampsites.net for more information. Some other places to look are on the National Forest/BLM websites or at local ranger stations. The Rangers have the most up to date information on an area and are a great resource for finding dispersed camping. Another great resource is social media. We follow other full-timers on Youtube and Instagram who enjoy boondocking and make sure to bookmark any spots they show. Lastly, our biggest tip for finding free camping is to have a way to store the information you find. We use a personal Google Map where we store all the interesting free camping spots that we run across.

This week’s links:
AllStays
Campendium
Free Campsites

 

Friday Favorite – Exercise Bands (Resistance Training While Traveling in an RV)

This week’s Friday Favorite is our Bodylastics Resistance Bands. Steve was a major gym goer before we started traveling full time. In fact, he went at least once a day to lift weights and do resistance training. While we get a good amount of cardio in our travels from walking, hiking, and biking we do not have much opportunity to do resistance training. So Steve finally bit the bullet and after much research bought this set. So far he is loving it and he’s been able to get good workouts from wherever we are camped. If you are looking for a way to workout on the road, we highly recommend them.

This week’s links:
Bodylastics Bands (Amazon affiliate)

Occasionally on Friday’s, we’d like to share with you some of our Favorite Things. These can be products, websites, or anything else that we love. Note we will ALWAYS say whether we are sponsored in any form from the companies we are sharing and these videos will ALWAYS reflect our true opinions. These are the things that bring us joy and we hope they can become your favorites as well.

 

How To Find Water & Dump Stations When Boondocking in an RV/Airstream

Welcome to our How-To Series. In this video series, we will explain the many how-tos of Airstream Living. From full-time RVing, to travel, to living in a tiny space we will share what we have learned from living this lifestyle. We encourage you to comment below with your own advice on this topic, as well as any other How-Tos you would like to see.

This week’s topic is How To Find Water & Dump Stations When Boondocking in an RV/Airstream. When camping out in the wilderness without hookups how do you find a place to find or dump stations? You can find water in a number of ways. Look for water at National Parks and State Parks that you are visiting anyway. You can also find water at some trail heads and picnic areas in National Forests. If you are in the mountains, some towns have free water sources if they are headwaters of rivers. You can always pay for water at a Glacier Water Dispenser at a grocery store. Some dump stations will also have potable water.

To find dump stations we use a few applications. We use AllStays on our phones. They have a specific symbol for dump stations. We also use Campendium, which also has a specific symbol for dump stations. Lastly, Sanidumps seems to be a great website for finding dump stations as well.

This week’s links:
AllStays
Campendium
Sanidumps

 

How To Setup Camp While Boondocking or Free Camping in an Airstream/RV

Welcome to our How-To Series. In this video series, we will explain the many how-tos of Airstream Living. From full-time RVing, to travel, to living in a tiny space we will share what we have learned from living this lifestyle. We encourage you to comment below with your own advice on this topic, as well as any other How-Tos you would like to see.

This week’s topic is How To Setup Camp While Boondocking or Free Camping in an Airstream/RV. We do a lot of boondocking or free camping in the wilderness where there are no assigned spots. Setting up camp with our Airstream in this situation can be very different from setting up camp in a campground. We go through the steps we take to setup our camp spot including finding a level spot, figuring out where we want the patio, leveling, ensuring we have water and our generator easily accessible, cooling down the Airstream as much as possible with awnings and windows, setting up the rug and the rest of our patio furniture and finally raising the antenna for our 4G Booster.

 

Tuesday Talk – Is Full-Time RVing All It’s Cracked Up To Be?

This week we’re answering “Is full-time RVing all it’s cracked up to be?” The short answer is for us it is but there are some things to keep in mind. First, what we see on social media is often the best parts of full-time RV living and it’s not always sunshine and rainbows. Sometimes it’s hot, dirty and filled with mice. Also, this lifestyle requires you to give up on controlling everything and to go with the flow sometimes which can be difficult for some. However, if you love seeing new beautiful things and living small then it could be the perfect lifestyle for you.

On Tuesday’s we’d like to answer questions sent to us from viewer’s like you and share some of the details of our Airstream life. If you have a question for us please let us know in the comments below or at our website astreaminlife.com

 

How To Keep Cool While Boondocking/ Camping in an RV Without Electricity in the Heat of Summer

Welcome to our How-To Series. In this video series, we will explain the many how-tos of Airstream Living. From full-time RVing, to travel, to living in a tiny space we will share what we have learned from living this lifestyle. We encourage you to comment below with your own advice on this topic, as well as any other How-Tos you would like to see.

This week’s topic is How To Keep Cool While Boondocking/ Camping in an RV Without Electricity in the Heat of Summer. We’ve been surviving this summer boondocking as much as we can when weather and circumstances allow. As long as temperatures are in the low 90s or below we will boondock. Anything about 93 or so and we start looking for hookups. But here are our tips to survive some 90 degree days while boondocking.

Tip #1: Try to find shade. Tip #2: Use awnings. Tips #3: Tilt windows and window covers. Tip #4: Open windows to maximize airflow. Tip #5: Use Fantastic Fans. Tip #6: Use fans if possible. Tip #7: Use water to cool off. Tip #8: Cook outside. Tip #9: Camp where it gets cooler at night. Tip #10: Close blinds and use Reflectix on areas with direct sun. Tip #11: Run A/C if possible.

 

 

 

 

How To Store Shoes in an Airstream/RV & How Many to Bring

Welcome to our How-To Series. In this video series, we will explain the many how-tos of Airstream Living. From full-time RVing, to travel, to living in a tiny space we will share what we have learned from living this lifestyle. We encourage you to comment below with your own advice on this topic, as well as any other How-Tos you would like to see.

This week’s topic is How To Store Shoes in an Airstream/RV & How Many to Bring. Living full-time in our Airstream, we have all our shoes to try and fit and easily access in our 200 sqft. The first step in having the perfect shoe solution is to really look at the shoes you have or are bringing in the RV. We have limited our shoes down to 5 pairs each which seem to be enough for almost every occasion. Having to store 10 pairs of shoes is a lot easier than 20. Next, we created shoe storage near the door of the RV. We think this is an essential step so that the shoes you wear every day are easy to take on and off by the door. We recommend something like our screen door solution if you don’t already have show storage there. Next, take advantage of your vertical space. We have a shoe rack hanging on the back wall of our closet where we store most of the rest of our shoes but you could do something similar on any untaken vertical space. Finally, check out all the nooks and crannies of your RV. We store our hiking boots in little cubbies under the bed which otherwise would be empty.

 

Some Products Mentioned:
Shoe Rack (Amazon affiliate)

 

How To Wash Dishes With Very Little Water For Dry Camping in an RV

Welcome to our How-To Series. In this video series, we will explain the many how-tos of Airstream Living. From full-time RVing, to travel, to living in a tiny space we will share what we have learned from living this lifestyle. We encourage you to comment below with your own advice on this topic, as well as any other How-Tos you would like to see.

This week’s topic is How To Wash Dishes With Very Little Water For Dry Camping in an RV. When boondocking or dry camping in our Airstream we have to conserve as much fresh water as possible. Washing dishes is one-way water is often wasted. While we don’t just spray down our dishes with a vinegar and water solution (which would conserve a lot of water) we do follow a couple of guidelines to use as little as possible. We always wipe down the plates as well as we can before putting them in water. Then we soak them in soapy water in a tub in our sink and only use fresh water to rinse them. We use our tea kettle to heat water if necessary and dump the soapy rinse water outside if allowed. While some RVers choose to use disposable products instead of real dishes, we find the least wasteful solution is to use real dishes but wash with as little water as possible.

Some Products Mentioned:
Collapsible Tub (Amazon affiliate)
Camping Tea Kettle (Amazon affiliate)