Way out in the boondock, or boonies, is a phrase that most of us know. The colloquialism comes from the Tagalog word bundok, which is slang for those rustic, wild areas far from the city. For RVers, boondocking (or dry camping) is something more – a promise of thrilling isolation and immersion in nature. There is a small trade off with boondocking, however, In exchange for peace, quiet, and no fee camping, you’ll have to do a small amount of preparation.
First, make sure that the location you’re traveling to allows dry camping. Most public (Crown) land areas across Canada allow dry camping for Canadian residents, as long as the land in question is not a conservation area. Different provinces have different regulations regarding the length of your stay, so it’s worthwhile to check the rules in your area. Most public lands allow for a maximum of 14 days of camping, in order to minimize the impact on the local environment. Provincial and Territorial websites will have maps of which public lands are available for boondocking, and which are closed due to environmental issues. Follow all posted rules and regulations in the area, and remember to leave no trace when packing up your campsite.
Second, remember that dry camping means that there will most likely be no nearby resources. Bring everything you need for your trip along with you: water (for drinking and washing), fuel, food, power (if you need it), and containers for waste storage.
Third, when picking a spot, make sure it’s suitable for your RV. Look for a large, flat area that lends itself to easy maneuverability of your vehicle. Keep in mind the direction you’d like your door to face as well as where you’d like to set up chairs and a campfire. If you prefer a bit of privacy, keep an eye out for a spot surrounded with trees – this will create a natural enclosure for your camping space.
Finally, take a moment to appreciate the serenity of nature you’ve achieved with all of your preparation. Enjoy your dry camping trip!