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Socially Distanced Camping: 101

By
Rebecca Formoso
on
July 29, 2020

Below is a list of suggested protocols to follow if camping while Covid-19 safety measures are still in place... But, don’t be too hard on yourself if you forget something or make a mistake. It takes time to build these new habits, especially in this new Covid-19 world.

*If camping, please make sure you are healthy before embarking on your trip by yourself, with friends, or with a group. 

  1. Choose the right camping ground for you

Opt for a campground that is not at full capacity. Don't be afraid to ask the campground what guidelines and safety protocols they are enforcing to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.

  1. Use your own tent 

Try to use your own tent so it limits the spread of infection. If you are renting a tent or borrowing one from friends, please disinfect it before and after use.

  1. Bring your own reusable water bottle, plates, and utensils. 

Your reusable water bottle, plates, and utensils will not only keep you and others a bit safer from Covid-19 but they also help the environment by avoiding single-use plastics.  Not having to worry if it was disinfected properly by someone else can give you peace of mind. 

  1. Practice social distancing and try your best to wear a mask. 

If you are camping with a group, practice keeping your distance and staying 6 ft apart as often as possible. 

Some examples: in vehicles, leave the seat beside you empty, set up your tent at a safe distance from other tents, if you’re going for a walk give one another ample space, and most importantly, wear a mask as often as you can. A mask can decrease your chances of catching Covid-19, even if the person beside you is infected with it. 

Mask wearing is just a new habit we all have to form. f you feel like you can’t breathe properly with the one you have, there are many different types of masks available. Find out which one works for you. 

  1. Bring your first aid kit, and be consistent in taking your vitamins.

Always bring your medicine with you, and try to be religious in taking your Vitamin C. There are many studies that show the positive effects on having a healthy and strong immune system. Oh, and make sure you’re getting ample sleep, too!

  1. Don’t forget the hand sanitizer! 

Bring hand sanitizer that has, at least, a 60% alcohol content. Constantly use it, especially if you find yourself touching your surroundings. Practice hand washing for at least 20 seconds, and sanitize and disinfect your area every chance you get. You can never be too safe. 

  1. Don’t touch your face

We know it’s hard, but try your best to limit your touchpoints. Avoid touching your face unless your hands are 100% spick and span. Try not to share your electronics and avoid sharing things like your gear, toiletries, and sunscreen. If you end up sharing anything, simply disinfect it before and after use. 

  1. Bring your own garbage bag

Bring your own garbage bag for things such as used toilet paper, feminine products, leftover food, etc. Bring a zip lock bag as well, just in case. You never know when you may need it and it’s always a good practice to leave a place cleaner than how you found it.

  1. Daily hygiene 

Try to shower every day and change your clothes daily. We know that this can be a challenge when you’re camping and in the middle of nature. If the camping grounds don’t have a facility for showering, try to look for grounds that, at least, have a river close by that you can bathe in, or pack some body wipes to clean yourself with in lieu of a shower. 

Another tip: Leave your outdoor items OUTSIDE. Don’t bring things such as your bag, gear, or shoes inside your tent. If you’re afraid of security, then designate an area inside of your tent for them to stay, but try to compartmentalize them. 

Following these simple tips will help make your next camping trip safe and worry-free. Have fun out there, and snap a photo of the sunset for us! Cheers!

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Rebecca Formoso
Rebecca is a U30X trip leader in Europe and Asia. She grew up in the Philippines and has been living in Spain since 2012. She loves to play sports, take pictures, and go on new adventures.

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