As summer vacation plans are paused by Covid-19, you may be looking for an alternative escape and turning to nature. But, the burning question remains...
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), visiting parks, trails, and other outdoor activities can be a safe way to remain physically active, keeping your mind and body healthy. However, both doctors and camping professionals agree that it’s critical to plan ahead and take necessary precautions. We break down the top recommendations:
Campgrounds are booking up fast, so it’s important to call ahead and plan in advance. A few factors come into play here. First, more people are swapping their summer cruise for a camping trip. Second, a portion of public lands are closed due to Covid-19. (You can check out our Parks Tracker here to see which ones are open!) Third, some campgrounds are also implementing extra social distancing measures and blocking off every other lot, limiting the total number of spaces available.
In addition to booking ahead, the CDC says to “check with the park in advance to be sure you know which areas or services are open, such as visitors’ centers, bathroom facilities, and concessions, and bring what you need with you, such as hand sanitizer or other supplies to maintain proper hygiene.”
Look for less crowded parks where you can maintain distance from those not in your household. If it’s crowded, have a backup plan. For some travel inspiration, check out a few of our posts on state and national state parks.
While camping and getting outdoors is usually more spacious than other activities, you do want to ensure you’re staying at least 6 feet away from people you don’t live with. When social distancing is challenging, such as near shared restrooms, wear a mask to protect those around you.
While campgrounds may have a bathroom, they are notorious for not having soap. Make sure your soap and hand sanitizer are easily accessible so that you don’t have to go digging in your bag spreading germs after touching potentially contaminated areas. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds whenever possible. If a water supply is limited, hand sanitizer is a solid backup. Any product with 70% isopropyl alcohol will be sufficient.
Slow down and choose lower-risk activities to reduce your risk of injury. Search and rescue operations and health care resources are both strained.
Of course, don’t head outside if you’re feeling under the weather or have been in close contact with anyone who has tested positive for Covid-19.
Now that you know how to stay safe while getting outdoors, you're ready to start planning your trip. We've made it easy for you! Check out a few of our latest tips and tricks:
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