What Outdoor Activities May Look Like Now
As we all begin to leave our homes and try to plan for summer adventures not really knowing if anything will even be open, we will undoubtedly come across people talking about camping, hiking, boating, etc.
Our new normal is going to be different than what we have seen in the past. Campgrounds are most likely going to limit the number of people allowed to camp at once, and protocols may be set regarding how many people you can bring.
One way to avoid these new rules is to avoid campgrounds. Families can typically find places that are out of the busy noise of the city and set up a camp. Up in the Pacific Northwest, we can find many places that suit our ability to camp and not have to worry about paying for a site or any restrictions. It may be more difficult where you live, but it’s probably possible. Just make sure you check laws regarding camping and fires especially.
Extra Items to Bring Along
When you do go camping, you will need items that you have not had to worry about in the past. Hand sanitizer is a great idea, because you will be getting gas or grabbing groceries and want to make sure your hands are clean.
Another thing you may want to do is mix a bleach/water solution in a spray bottle. Use that for any large surface that someone else has used. A disposable mask or two is recommended, since you may go to a place that requires one or need to be around a group of people.
Hiking this year may not be much different, since we typically do that alone or with a small group and don’t interact with others as much. Regardless, we’d recommend taking a small bottle of hand sanitizer with you on your hike in case you do come into contact with an item someone else has touched. Hiking trails may not be open yet, but as any great hiker knows, there are trails out there yet to be discovered.
Boating most likely would be the same as hiking, though they may limit how many people you have on a boat or reduce the ability to stop in places such as restaurants, beaches, etc. We recommend you take not only hand sanitizer with you, but the spray bottle of bleach/water concentration. Use the hand sanitizer whenever you stop to get fuel or touch anything that someone else may have. The spray is for anything you will use that someone else has used before you like tables, chairs, etc.
This year may look different—we will only know how different when we get there—but taking some extra precaution can save your family from the illness everyone is trying to avoid.
We at Camping Survival hope you are able to make plans for this summer while keeping your family safe.