WorldExecutivesDigest.com | Camping During COVID-19—Safety Tips | Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic is still going strong even after extensive lockdowns and strict social distancing laws. So if you wish to get away from everything and relax somewhere that’s not your living room, the outdoors is the safest place for you. But, more and more people are flocking outside, so is camping still safe?
According to experts, staying active is one of the best ways to keep your body and mind healthy and strong. Spending time in nature can help with depression and anxiety, and it can be a great booster for our immunity. Professionals are encouraging people to spend time outside in camps and parks as long as they practice basic safety rules. So how can you have a fun and relaxing camping trip during the pandemic? Here are a few tips to keep in mind.
Keep it in the family
The safest way to camp right now is to only bring members of your family on your trip to reduce the possibility of exposure to the virus. What we know so far about the virus is that we’re at the highest risk when spending time with people outside of our household (COVID-19 spreads via air droplets). So, it’s best to keep your group small and keep it in the family. Sure, camping is often more fun when you’re surrounded by friends and acquaintances, but going small and familiar is your safest bet. If you’re camping with outsiders, keep your group under 10 people and make sure everyone is responsible and capable of sticking to safety rules.
Camping at a local campground will additionally lower your risk of COVID-19 exposure. Why? Well, even though most countries and states have a similar viral situation, staying somewhere near your home will minimize the unnecessary need for travel outside of your community.
Before you hit your local campground, make sure to call and check their facility situation and whether they have all the services available. Having all the necessary info will help with your preparation so you can avoid any unpleasant surprises.
Stock up on supplies
Before starting your journey to the camping ground, make sure to have plenty of masks, hand sanitizer, wet wipes and hand soap. While most campsites also provide these in their facilities, it’s best to be safe than sorry. When you have the chance to come into contact with many people from all over the area, you want to be protected the entirety of your trip.
You also want to pack other things like pots, pans and cooking utensils. Make sure that every person in your party has their own eating utensils to further improve safety. If you want to have something universal and practical, you can look up automatic knives for outdoor use and you’ll find various models that will not only be perfect for cutting food, but also for cutting rope, protection from predators, making shelter and many other activities.
Wash your hands
This advice has probably been branded into your brain, but it’s very important to maintain good hygiene in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. While you might be used to washing your hands at home, make sure to keep it up when on camping too. Every time you stop somewhere on your trip (gas station, supermarket) wash your hands. It’s very easy to touch various surfaces even if you’re not aware of it, and not washing your hands will put you at risk of getting infected, especially if you have a tendency to touch your face.
Practice social distancing
Many people think that you don’t have to social distance when you’re in nature, but you do. Stay at least six feet away from people who don’t come from your household. Even if people seem well, they can still have the virus and spread it around. If you can’t follow social distancing rules, you need to wear a mask. Face coverings are essential when battling COVID-19 when you can’t maintain the recommended distance.
Behave to your abilities
While the freedom of nature might encourage you to be bold and daring, it’s best to stay well within your abilities. Doing reckless things might end up in an accident that requires the help from professionals thus putting them at risk and putting further pressure on the healthcare system. It’s especially important to stay safe during the pandemic since many emergency services don’t have free staff to send to your aid.
All things considered, camping might be your safest way to have a vacation and satisfy your need to travel, as long as you follow the prescribed safety guidelines. Keep your distance, wash your hands, wear a mask and don’t share things with people, and you will be treated to a fairly low-risk level vacation. However, if you notice you’re developing symptoms, make sure to isolate and find a safe way to go home and get tested. You don’t want to ruin everyone else’s vacation!