The lockdowns have marked the age of pandemic, and even though venues and recreational spots are slowly opening up, a lot of people don’t feel too secure about going to concerts, football games, and similar events.
Camping is practically associated with isolation and seclusion from the outside world, but given the fact that the majority of people view it as such, the places that you used to visit may be crowded with dozens of people now.
In that light, let’s talk about how to camp with the pandemic drawing near – we’ll touch on safety precautions, as well as a few ideas to make your camping experience comfortable, so let’s start from the top.
Camp With a Small Group of Close Friends and Family
Camping parties with hundreds of strangers surely do seem fun, but that’s currently the greatest and most impactful risk factor when it comes to being safe in times of pandemic. If you personally don’t know the people you’re going to be camping with, you probably don’t know anything about their lifestyle and social habits.
Outgoing people who’ve had multiple contacts daily are at a high risk of infection, and even though some of your friends may fit the description, at least you can persuade them into staying at home at least a week before the trip.
Wear Masks on Your Way to The Camping Site
Given that more and more people are picking up on camping every day, you’ll probably have at least a few encounters with strangers. The most obvious camping spots and picnic locations are likely to be occupied throughout the entire summer, so you’ll probably need to go on foot, just like dozens of other people, as you’re searching for another place.
Wearing masks while doing so is recommended, especially near flower fields and trees. Some people are allergic to pollen and are more prone to sneezing and coughing than usual; even the lightest breeze will be able to carry the bacteria across hundreds of meters in mere seconds.
Use The Internet to Search For Safe Spots
Even though you may not be particularly fond of statistics and polls, a lot of people actually are and can’t wait to share their experiences. A ton of information regarding campers and the places they’ve visited in the past year is compiled and used to determine which places are safe.
According to CNN Travel, the state of Georgia allows camping in state parks while closing pools and most playgrounds for this summer. All campgrounds and picnic sites in the state of Michigan are currently closed, but some will start opening on the 22nd of June. California is also slowly opening up, one camping location at a time.
Knowing more about the location you aim to visit will help you prepare better; at the very least, you’ll know what sites to cross off from your list and consequentially lower the risk of infection.
Private Retreats And Resorts Are The Safest
Private retreats are rightfully referred to as ‘social bubbles’ these days, as they offer complete isolation from the outside world. Again, being indoors with other people does not guarantee that the chance of infection will be zero, but the odds will certainly be in your favor this way.
If neither you nor your friends own a private retreat, renting one may be a good option, although you’ll need to make sure to sanitize the place properly.
Maintain Social Distancing Even Between Friends
As much as hugging, dancing, and being huddled close to a campfire are the main things that make any camping trip as enjoyable as it should be, it’s recommended to still practice social distancing whenever and wherever possible, campgrounds included.
Avoid bunking up with friends under the same tent, and keep a solid distance from the other campers at all times. Furthermore, experts also advise to not even light a campfire in the first place. The smoke from the campfire can induce heavy coughing while the winds can shift the direction of the smoke in any possible direction, potentially breaking your social distancing.
Play Word Games Instead of Contact Sports
Experts point out that the virus can be transmitted by brushing off of people, which is practically unavoidable with activities such as football or basketball, for example. These activities can easily be replaced by safer ones, such as I Spy, Hangman, Pantomime, and similar word games.
There are still a lot of options available to campers who want to make their camping experience fun and enjoyable; however, you should put safety first and do the best you can to minimize risks starting with physical contact with other people.
Do Not Lend or Borrow Personal Hygiene Items
It’s common amongst many campers for gear and food to be shared, but this time around everyone should bring their own sleeping bags, toothbrushes, foods, and drinks. If some of your friends forgot to bring, for instance, their water, you can always give them a bottle, but don’t use it yourself afterward.
A good way to counter such events, it’s best to double up on essential items; bring more chocolate snacks, at least one water bottle, an extra brush, and if you have space, a pillow. These items shouldn’t take too much of your storage space, and they shouldn’t cost more than a couple of dollars, but they can make a big difference.
Don’t Hike on Closed Trails
The pandemic didn’t only affect humans; it affected animals as well. Due to the fact that so many locations weren’t visited for a long time, many animals have migrated and have inhabited spots that were deemed safe.
Updates on potentially dangerous locations and trails are coming daily, so again, use Google to learn more about your favorite camping spots, even if you’ve been frequenting a single particular spot for decades. Be particularly wary of closed trails and do not test your luck if you see the crossed mark.
We hope that this guide was useful to you and that you have learned a few new tricks when it comes to camping right now in 2021. Make sure you are staying safe in these times we are all going through and have a good one, guys!