How To Stealth Camp – The 50 Best Stealth Camping Secrets

How To Stealth Camp – The 50 Best Stealth Camping Secrets


Stealth camping is the act of secretly camping in a public or private area (sometimes legally – sometimes illegally) and moving on the next morning without being detected.

Stealth camping is an excellent way to not only find free places to camp, but is also a great way to discover excellent campground locations, get a good night’s rest in a quiet location and secure a night’s lodging away from the hustle and bustle of other people, animals and vehicles.

In this video you will discover my 50 best tips for stealth camping anywhere in the world.

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After watching the video, I encourage you to submit your own stealth camping tips or stories in the comments section below.




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  1. Jalan Rina on April 5, 2020 at 3:37 pm

    I will bike touring by myself, in a country like Indonesia, I am concern about safety, especially because I am a woman. I am still scared but still will doing it. I hope I finish the tour alive

  2. David Levesque on April 5, 2020 at 3:37 pm

    I hate sleeping on slopes. Underpants crawl up your butt, critters walk on you, rain washes over you, but each their own.

  3. Jacob Cogan on April 5, 2020 at 3:37 pm

    Nice visuals dude! Did u make these sketch-style graphics yourself? Quite a lot of work here.

  4. TRU MAN on April 5, 2020 at 3:39 pm

    I camp in public parks . I camped beside a gas station for a week .

  5. Jack Rainbow on April 5, 2020 at 3:41 pm


  6. P Shooter on April 5, 2020 at 3:43 pm

    Don’t set yourself on fire someone could see you. Don’t throw sticks of dynamite at passings motorists. Don’t yell fire at the top of your lungs. Don’t camp in front of a police station. Don’t crank up your ghetto blaster to full volume. Don’t sleep in the middle of a freeway. Don’t fire your pistol at strangers. Don’t crap in a bag light it on fire and leave it on a doorstep. Don’t call the police and tell them you are camping illegally then give them your coordinates.

  7. Ronnie O on April 5, 2020 at 3:45 pm

    I walked from Tallhassee FL to NYC. yes the whole way. I stealth camped along mostly US 1. I found this interesting and it caused me to think back to my trip. First, I broke the rules regarding camping behind buildings as I was moving on foot through cities. Sometimes large metropolitan areas. So here is something to note for anyone who may find themselves in a similiar situation:

    1. You are breaking the law in a city just about anywhere you go unless you have permission from someone to camp. So with that in mind, I grew very adept at breaking camp or making camp in pitch darkness. I did everything the same way – every time. The steps never changed.

    2. If I was found, or became sketched out for some reason. I could break camp and move faster then someone could report me, and I used a tent. On arrival in NYC I camped in central park for 3 days unseen.

    3. This kind of journey was quite lonely at times because I literally trusted no one. If someone saw me in a place I was scouting, I moved on, always.

    4. I came across people sometimes in the woods at odd times, and this could be very frightening, both to someone I found, and to me. Imagine walking down a single track mountain bike trail, 2 miles in, at midnight near a city cemetary, and running into someone standing drunk and lost in the middle of the path. That happened to me in Virginia. Why was I still walking at midnight? Sometimes I could not find the right spot and would keep moving as I was on foot.

    Thanks for the vids. Love this channel.

  8. David Scott on April 5, 2020 at 3:47 pm

    Hello my name is David Scott, on September 30th I’m going to be going homeless again I’ve lived in an apartment for a year and two months, I miss laying down at night looking up at the stars hearing crickets chirp getting close to Nature peace and quiet, if you go to my channel and check o out a little about me I’m sure you can understand when I say I’m a recluse and anti-social I’m stage 4 leukemia type B rare leukemia I’m sorry but I miss the outside I’ve stayed in my apartment except to go to the grocery store to buy beer cigarettes and food, as soon as I get what I’m there to buy I make a Mad Dash back to my apartment shutting off my door turn off my lights and pretend I’m not here, as a schizophrenic one of the hardest things to people learning how to Panhandle while listening The Voices in my head it’s very scary and makes it difficult to talk to people and actually ask for money to help with food cigarettes toilet paper soap basic needs so I try to stay out of the counter I don’t go into bars and restaurants I go to McDonald’s Jack in the Box Circle K that’s it up in Prescott Arizona National Forest I think for two weeks out of a year and then I have to leave the dispersed camping area I can live with that I need to learn the basics on how to camouflage my tent maybe how to get in and out of my Camp without anybody noticing if you can help me learn urban camping I really appreciate it thank you

  9. Chris wells on April 5, 2020 at 3:49 pm

    The only time I ever went stealth camping was when I went on a crack Beng

  10. John Cain on April 5, 2020 at 3:50 pm

    #51: avoid camping with married women whose husbands may be close by.

  11. Scot-Free on April 5, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    Gold! Thanks.

  12. Donnie Brite on April 5, 2020 at 3:52 pm

    For the not having a fire thing, I use the Dakota fire hole it’s not easily visible and you just fill the dirt back in that you dug out and it helps the grass regrow quickly with the ash underneath the fresh earth the grass comes back quick

  13. AnotherButt 4chair on April 5, 2020 at 3:53 pm

    Never camp in area 51

  14. Tanja & Marco Reiselust statt Alltagsfrust on April 5, 2020 at 3:53 pm

    Super Video wir haben euch direkt mal aboniert. Ihr könnt ja gerne mal bei uns vorbeischauen lg Tanja & Marco Reiselust statt Alltagsfrust

  15. Randall Grant on April 5, 2020 at 3:53 pm

    All excellent tips, I try to utilize a camouflage tarp

  16. Mac man on April 5, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    In this video:
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  17. P R little B on April 5, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    This makes me more nervous about camping at any random spot. I want to tour cross country in the US, but what are camping options other than stealth camping? Camping ground where you pay a fee?

  18. Gerard Jones on April 5, 2020 at 3:58 pm

    If discovered start slitting throats.
    Bury the bodies.

  19. spatrick1964 on April 5, 2020 at 3:58 pm

    Nice series. In regards to #38, dogs… I always stop and listen for a few minutes before choosing a site. If I can hear a dog barking, the dog can you hear you setting up camp. #35, I’m a geocacher and nearly all of them would be cool with you there. And unless you geocache, it’s going to be impossible to know where they are.. #25 agree, don’t start a fire, that’s one way to actually get a vandalism charge. #16 If you do get caught, just explain that you are not a vagrant and offer to leave right away, I’ve been caught once, almost by intention, and the cops were cool as long as I was out by morning (you cover this in step #14). Make sure your crap is either buried or carried out.

  20. Dan Wilkinson on April 5, 2020 at 3:59 pm

    I would suggest setting up a perimeter around your tent or camp that allows you some notice of any body approaching . Such as dry dead branches placed in such a way as to make a lot of noise if they were stepped on or crossed over. This can also serve as a physical barer . Camping next to a fence gives you one flank so you only need to secure 3 sides. Place the branches in such a way so that just by moving the right branches you can easily exit the parameter should you want or need to. Also have adequate force on hand to counter a attack by animals human or other.Camo netting or gilli suit like tarp draped over your tent is also helpful.

  21. Bosis of Sweden on April 5, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    Sweden: It is leagal to camp in all woods, fields, property as long as you do not disturb och destroy. Only places not allowed is preserves, reservations and some national parks, specially during mating season. It’s regulated by a law called "allemansrätten" meant to make nature accessable to everybody for free. You are also allowed to fish along the whole coast line for free.

  22. kevina6587 on April 5, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    I often wild camp, though I’m rarely bothered if someone sees me. I’d actually rather be honestly visible, than trying to hide too much.Having said that I rarely sleep as well as when on a campsite, and I’ve been doing it for years, simply because anything could potentially happen and one has to accept that fact. Once a whole troop of wild boar passed by. Another time a fox stole one of my shoes at 4 am. Badgers often visit, and deer can be quite frightening ! Hearing owls catch and kill rabbits is quite memorable too.

  23. Tony Bennett on April 5, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    Really enjoyed this,thankyou Sir.

  24. Income Mobile on April 5, 2020 at 4:03 pm

    Motel 6 offers a nice camping facility too. Typically come with a hot shower, beds, tv, sink, bathroom, fridge & microwave, and snack machines. Expect to pay around $62 per nite though. Kinda expensive for camping but compared to getting attacked by a grizzly well worth it.

  25. Robin Marie on April 5, 2020 at 4:03 pm

    Respectfully, asking if it’s ok is not stealth camping.

  26. VIEW SEEKER on April 5, 2020 at 4:04 pm

    Huge help thank you.was sceptical of camping secretly. I’m in a foreign country and net sure about the rulse

  27. M L. on April 5, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    Dont camp on poo. #40 pro tip.

  28. Kelp Farming on April 5, 2020 at 4:06 pm

    never sht where you sleep

  29. Jace Morgan -chan on April 5, 2020 at 4:06 pm

    Good on ya man every thing U say so true stealth camping the way to go

  30. Gerard Jones on April 5, 2020 at 4:07 pm

    Ask in the morning after you wake up.
    If they say no tell them tough shit I already did.
    Wear a big knife.
    Use no trespassing signs for kindling.

  31. TheTruthDoor on April 5, 2020 at 4:07 pm

    Some very good tips in this video.

  32. Violet Rene on April 5, 2020 at 4:08 pm

    Just what I needed! Thank you! 💜

  33. Truth Lover on April 5, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    Good Stuff Thanks

  34. lromeroyt on April 5, 2020 at 4:17 pm

    it’s not 50 it is actually like 250 instructions! forget it! you might end up paying one way or the other. So better pay, unless you find and absolutely easy and obvious spot.

  35. Duffelbag Drag on April 5, 2020 at 4:17 pm

    You forgot one… Avoid alien portholes. One time I camped next to an alien porthole and was abducted by aliens from planet J-60496 located 688, 042 light years from earth. It’s was the longest 16 days of my life. I was returned to earth in the year 3, 788 and I’m unable to return to your current time. If you happen to go near a porthole please toss in the following items…

    1. One 12oz bottle of baby shampoo.
    2. Four matches.
    3. An alternator from a 1979 Chevy Malibu (must be operational).
    4. Three dead children between the ages of 5 and 8, no infants or toddlers.
    5. Nineteen 50 lb bags of cement mix.
    6. Two tubes of JB Weld.
    7. One Kenmore clothes drier manufactured between 1997-2004.

    These items won’t do me one damn bit of good, except to know that you’re thinking about me… and right now that’s really all I need 👍🏼😁‼️

  36. Douglas Herr on April 5, 2020 at 4:18 pm

    Why call it stealth camping, that makes it sound like you’re doing something wrong. I like the term free camping much better.

  37. Smitty's channel on April 5, 2020 at 4:22 pm

    yeah half of these contradict each other……

  38. hoya vp on April 5, 2020 at 4:24 pm

    I’m now homeless. These are good tips.

  39. Randal Davis on April 5, 2020 at 4:25 pm

    I toured the US on a motorcycle and camped everywhere. combat touring. I tried to leave areas better than I found them carrying out a back or 2 of trash made a good impression more than once. lowprofile bivy sack was very good. if you are camping anywhere near a road, look for slightly higher spot than the road, if there are corners camp on the inside of a corner, once you are about 50foot off the road you will not be seen in the headlights. near or in a city church parking lots (not on saturday night) work well, just ask if you see anyone and use the away from the road area, not near the church. some rest stops were good (out west)

  40. Cry Havoc on April 5, 2020 at 4:27 pm

    Number 39. YES !

  41. From Dream To Reality on April 5, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    I stealth camped for the first time a couple days ago. Without a tent. Would’ve been fine, but since I’d been to the Everglades before and the mosquitoes never bit, I falsely thought it’d be the same this time, too, lol.

  42. Ray Brensike on April 5, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    I was driving through Canada once and got tired at night and stopped in a turn out along the road, noticed a nice level grassy area connected to it, so I drove over there, to get away from the road a bit. In the morning when I awoke, I was in the middle of an art show or something, people had stuff set up all around me.

  43. Duritan Frostwolf on April 5, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    I like this guy. This could be used as a how to stay on the run from the cops tutorial. Haha. Good stuff Maynard.

  44. Rickarama Trama on April 5, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    In this day and age if you are sleeping in a tent the odds are that something not so nice Will Happen to You~!!! It’s just too damned dangerous people.

  45. terry waller on April 5, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    Used to camp host and people would try to do this I spent 25 years in the military, infantry. I was good at finding them and calling a ranger or deputy. My dogs were good at finding them and I had night vision with thermal.

  46. My Peep's on April 5, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    If you can’t set up a tent in the dark than you don’t know how to stealth camp!!!!!🐓

  47. DALE thebelldiver on April 5, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    It’s too bad (any) state or federal land isn’t free to camp on. It makes me think of the words; fascism and communism.

  48. Davey Bernard on April 5, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    I am a DEAD RINGER for #34, down to the hat, frown and glasses — nice. This is one of the FUs the universe doles out, from time to time !

  49. Aaron T on April 5, 2020 at 4:32 pm

    No# 1 for fun…
    I don’t stealth camp for fun…it’s about free rent …making money so I can pay for my funeral.

  50. Blank Blank on April 5, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    I stealth camp from my kayak all the time on fishing trips. I use a hammock with a big net, a camo tarp and use a pocket rocket for a stove. Never had an issue. Your advice was solid.

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