The good folks at Buzzfeed recently listed fifteen great tips for camping during the coronavirus. Here are a few of our favorites.
Remember: The coronavirus pandemic is still impacting travel, and destinations around the world have different COVID-19 restrictions in place. It’s important to check and adhere to local government policies as you’re planning any future trips.
Don’t put away that face mask quite yet. You’ll need it.
You may be out in the open air, but safety rules still apply: If you’re camping with people outside your household, mask up. “Masking, when at all feasible, should still be undertaken if you’re with others,” confirmed Kasten.
There are tons of options when it comes to nonmedical masks. If you’re looking for a cloth face covering that’s multifunction, you could also consider a Buff or bandana. (They might not be as effective as some masks, but they’re better than nothing.) “I’ve seen more bandanas than face masks when out camping,” Ryan Cunningham, founder of camping blog Beyond the Tent, said in an email to BuzzFeed. “They are good for the summer heat and are more versatile out camping.”
Get everything you need before you go so you don’t have to make stops along the way.
You’ll want to find a camping spot that’s near where you live so you don’t have to travel a long way to get there. And if you do pass through another community, they probably don’t want you tromping through their town to stock up on beer and TP.
Do a big shop at your regular grocery store, pack everything into a cooler, and bring along a bundle of firewood and a roll of trash bags for camp pickup. Your final errand should be filling up the car with a gas so you don’t have to stop anywhere along the way, for any reason.
Keep your camp crew small.
You may be desperate to get out of the house and reconnect with people you haven’t seen in a few months, but according to Rasmussen, “this is not the time to share an RV with a bunch of people outside your household.” Think intimate excursion in nature, not camping party.
Not only do large groups make social distancing difficult, but many states and campgrounds have limited the number of people allowed at a campsite. In Colorado, for example, “gatherings of larger than 10 individuals will be asked to leave and may result in loss of your camping privileges,” according to a press release from Colorado Parks & Wildlife.
For even more great tips, read the whole list at Buzzfeed.