4 Tips for your First Post-COVID Camping Trip

4 Tips for your First Post-COVID Camping Trip

To say it’s been a year of uncertainty would be an understatement. With the COVID-19 pandemic impacting almost everyone’s lives, it seems as though so many ‘normal’ things have been put on hold.

While camping has been considered a relatively safe outdoor activity throughout the pandemic, that doesn’t mean it’s always been allowed. Some campgrounds closed. Others put tight restrictions in place.

Some people simply didn’t leave their homes.

Now that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, you might be itching to fire up the RV and head to your favorite campground once more. But, it’s important to feel safe along the way.

With that in mind, let’s cover four quick tips you can use for your first post-COVID camping trip that will keep you and your family happy and healthy.

1. Go During the Week

With summer just around the corner, people will take advantage of warmer days by spending their weekends at the campground. Because so many people have been cooped up for so long, it’s likely everyone will have the same idea!

That can lead to overcrowding. That’s unpleasant, no matter what the situation. But, if you still want to keep social distancing in mind, it’s better to go camping during the week when sites are less crowded. Take a day or two off work and head out with your camping buddies to enjoy more peace, quiet, and space.

2. Check Out Bigger Campgrounds

Everyone has their favorite campground, and you might be anxious to get back to it. But, it might be better to opt for bigger campgrounds for the time being. Again, people are going to be excited to get back to normal. Places are going to be crowded.

Bigger campgrounds have more room for spacing and distancing. It’ll offer everyone peace of mind, so you can enjoy your experience rather than worrying about staying away from others.

3. Book Ahead

Right now isn’t the time to just drop in and book a spot for a weekend getaway. Book ahead, at least a few days in advance, to know what to expect when you get to the campground.

Booking ahead will ensure that you have all the information you need to stay safe. If you want to go the extra mile, consider booking two spots for your party. It might seem like overkill, at first. But, if you have a large family or several extra people going with you, it’s worth it so you don’t feel cramped.

4. Ease Back Into Camping

If there’s one thing we can all agree on about this pandemic, it’s that people don’t always agree on everything.

There are some who might still be uncomfortable going out or traveling away from home. Others can’t wait to get back to normal. You might have differing views and opinions in your own family.

An easy way to compromise is to ease into camping by setting up your tent in your backyard. You can keep it small with just your family or invite a few friends over to make it seem more like the “real” thing. It’s a great way to get a feel for something you love again while keeping everyone safe and content.

Things will continue to get back to normal, which is exciting for any avid camper. But, take your time, do what makes you feel comfortable, and stay safe as you plan your first post-COVID camping excursion. 

May 24th 2021 Stacey Koziel

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