Boondocking in Baja: Must-Have Items for Traveling Off the Beaten Path in Mexico

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Baja Mexico is a boondocking heaven. With thousands of miles of largely unpopulated beaches, Baja offers a myriad of boondocking options for all types of vehicles. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, “boondocking” is slang for camping off the grid (without water, electric, or sewage hookups), often in a remote location. 

Boondocking in Mexico is a great way to make the most out of your Baja road trip! RV parks in Mexico are usually little more than a concrete parking lot with extremely sketchy electrical outlets (Tom once got a good shock from one). Since the RV parks in Mexico are so unappealing, boondocking is the best way to experience the beauty of Mexican beaches in your camper.

When we are boondocking in Baja this is a list of must-have items for traveling off the beaten path in Mexico.

Solar Panel

Mexico is a sunny paradise, which makes solar power an excellent option for powering your electronics. For our Toyota Dolphin we use a 100 watt suitcase style solar panel that can be folded and stored easily when not in use. This panel is more than enough to power our phones, camera, and lights. 

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Propane tanks

Our refrigerator and stove both run off of propane, and propane is an excellent source of fuel when you motorhome Mexico. We travel with two 20 pound propane tanks, and get them refilled anytime we see propane for sale. Using propane to power our refrigerator means that we don't need to plug in, and it allows us to spend weeks at a time on remote beaches (our two tanks will last us an entire month). If you're considering RVing in Mexico definitely invest in a refrigerator that will run off of propane!

Tools to get out of soft sand if we get stuck

Most of the boondocking spots in Baja are on the beach, and though we’re careful to avoid soft sand there’s always a possibility that we may get stuck in a sneaky sand drift. In case we do get stuck we carry a shovel, sturdy wooden boards, and a bucket. 

If we do get stuck in soft sand we can dig out around the tires, dump sea water to hard pack the sand, and then place the boards in front of the tires to drive up and out of the sand. We haven’t gotten stuck yet, but we did use these items to help some neighboring campers get un-stuck just last week!

These boards and this shovel will help us get out of soft sand if we get stuck!

These boards and this shovel will help us get out of soft sand if we get stuck!

Solar Shower

Our Toyota Dolphin has a shower with a water heater that runs off propane, but we prefer to save our propane and harness the sun to heat up water for showering. We use this lightweight solar camping shower bag to shower with when we’re boondocking in Mexico. 

Large water totes

We try to carry at least 10 gallons of drinking water with us at all times, and the easiest way to do that is with large plastic water totes. We like these 7 gallon totes with a nozzle to dispense the water. Purified water is easy to come by in Baja, and it’s very cheap to fill large water totes, usually around 30 pesos ($1.50 USD) for 15 gallons. If you plan to motorhome Mexico you will want at least one large water container for drinking water.

A lightweight tarp and parachute cord

We always carry parachute cord and a waterproof lightweight tarp with us, as these two items have so many different uses! We’ve used the tarp to protect our bikes from sand, as a wind break, and as a ground cover. To keep the tarp in place you will need cord to tie it, and the parachute cord doubles as a tie-out/leash for our dog Indy as well!

Here we used our tarp as a windbreak.

Here we used our tarp as a windbreak.

Tent/Sleeping bags

Boondocking in Baja gives us access to stunning scenery, and we often find ourselves in such a beautiful camping spot that we prefer to set up our tent and sleep under the stars rather than inside our motorhome. We highly recommend keeping a tent and sleeping bags in your vehicle for those occasions when you want to sleep a bit closer to nature.

We love boon docking in Baja! Hopefully this list will help you prepare for your own Baja boondocking trip! 

Unsure about boondocking in Mexico due to safety concerns? See our post Safety in Baja, Mexico for our experiences.

Guides/Information Resources

We cannot imagine traveling the Baja peninsula without this guide book, and this informational book. We referred to these two texts constantly, and consider them both essential reading for travel in Baja Mexico. 

Want to read more about Baja, Mexico? Check out the beauty of a Baja road trip!

Getting your RV equipped for a Baja road trip? Check out this list of our top 10 essential RV accessories

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