It came down to one word: WATER
Did you know:
- 71% of the Earth’s surface is covered by water
- 5 oceans
- 117 million lakes
- 165 major rivers
- Countless streams, springs, and ponds.
- The oceans alone hold 97% of all of the Earth’s waters which is undrinkable without desalinization and treatment.
- Only about .3% of our Earth’s fresh water is found on the earth’s surface in rivers, lakes, swamps and ponds.
- Over 68 percent of the fresh water on Earth is found in icecaps and glaciers.
- Just over 30% is found in ground water.
- Of all the water on Earth, more than 99% is unusable for consumption.
Think about that a moment…
So, what does Earth Science have to do with our RVing?
Boondocking is state of mind!
Every ounce counts!!
- Saved our fresh water tank for “sea showers”, occasional short rinsing of dishes and toilet flushing.
- Took ‘sea showers’ every other or every two days depending on our physical activity; just like on ships we served on in the Coast Guard. Step in…turn water on to rinse…shut water off…soap lather…turn water on to rinse and done. We used approximately only 3 gallons each. When we sponge-bathed, we only used a third to a half gallon of water each. Since it was not hot and humid and we didn’t work up sweats, this worked for us.
- Instead of washing our hands with soap/water, we bought Lysol Antibacterial wipes ($6 for 2 containers for water closet and kitchen) and used baby wipes.
- Purchased 15 individual gallon jugs of fresh drinking water ($15). We picked up extras as we needed from the grocery or dollar store.
- Washed and rinsed our dishes in two separate dishpans. Our clean rinse water became our wash water the next time we did dishes.
- Heated water in a pan on the stovetop instead of allowing it to wastefully run down the drain while waiting for it to get hot.
- We washed each other’s hair in the sink every other day using only jug water. Again, we heated water on the camp stove and mixed it in a bowl with the room temperature water from our jugs. Each hair washing only took one gallon each as both of us have short hair. We also used dry shampoo.
- Used our little red baskets with parchment paper liners or paper plates to alleviate necessity of washing dishes.
- We wiped our Corelle plates and bowls after meals with our used napkins.
- We saved washing our dishes to only once a day to conserve water.
Things we will do differently, add or modify in the future:
- Purchase a water bladder and install RV fittings to be able to get larger quantity of water for longer term boondocking. (DONE January 2018)
- Install a more efficient tank monitor system
- Buy more beer. It saves on water consumption…and all this math stuff…well, we needed more beer!
- So, as see, boondocking takes a bit of science and sacrifice as well as love and understanding added in the mix. We are still married and did not run out of water nor starve. In fact, we’re proud of ourselves for having faith and knowing we could do it. Its something we all have to prepare and plan for…even if we’re NOT boondocking or living in an RV.