Wanderlust In the Time of Covid-19
Updated: Jul 21, 2020
What a time to be alive, huh?
For those of us who have been incurably infected with the wanderlust bug, the inability to travel and explore as normal has caused some major cases of cabin fever. Thankfully, the great outdoors offers a safe and affordable way to shake the feelings of stir-craziness and unplug from the dumpster fire of 2020.
All of your camping options are fairly safe, though your best bet to have complete isolation is a primitive camping option, which usually requires short-to-medium hikes in and guarantees that you will be completely alone. However, most campgrounds already have sites appropriately-distanced apart and should be considered safe. Here are some tips for navigating shared spaces, such as bathrooms and showers:
Don't use the hand blower at the sink and just let your hands air dry. Research is showing that they can actually spread fecal particles throughout the air and recontaminate your hands.
Most campgrounds leave the bathroom doors open in the summer anyway, but make sure the door is propped open to allow air to flow.
Use a washable table cloth for picnic tables, which may have been used the night before by another family.
This should be a no-brainer, but have designated flip flops for your shower, and only wear them walking to, in, and walking from the shower.
Keep antibacterial spray or soap in your pocket at all times.
Avoid shared recreational spaces, such as playgrounds, that may or may not have been properly and regularly sanitized.
Respectfully keep your distance, especially while hiking. If others are approaching, move over off the trail to allow enough distance for them - and you - to pass safely.
Wear a mask in spaces where is it difficult to distance, such as close look-out areas, restrooms, and camp stores.
Plan and call ahead to make sure that the camp store is open if you're counting on using it for purchasing firewood and ice for the cooler.
This is always true, but even more so now: Pack it all in. Nobody wants to pick up your wrappers, paper towels, cans, or cigarette butts ever, but especially now in the midst of a pandemic. And always, always, always - leave it better than you found it.
All of our camping equipment and gear is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized after each use, and we take every precaution to ensure a safe camping experience!