The pandemic has thrown travel plans into disarray—from routine visits to the grocery store to long vacations planned months in advance. Now, it seems like every trip out of the house requires a thorough risk assessment beforehand. While it can certainly feel like an inconvenience, better safe than sorry.

The good news is that camping—of both the tent and RV varieties—are still relatively safe activities. Provided you observe the latest safety guidelines, of course!

How Safe Is Camping, Really?

We think getting outdoors is a great way to stay active, get fresh air and reduce stress, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) agree. Now, it might be tempting to throw your tent in the car or pack up your RV and hit the road, but make sure not to travel if you feel ill, have recently tested positive for COVID-19 or know someone who has. You should also take measures to only travel and camp with people you live with and practice social distancing. Stand six feet away from others and always wear your mask in public.

Don’t Wait to Reserve Your Spot. Call Ahead!

With a huge swath of public lands closed to camping and flights being off the table for many travelers, campgrounds are filling up fast. When you also take into account that most campgrounds are following physical distancing guidelines and only filling every other lot, capacity is limited. Before you get going, make sure your ideal campground has room for you!

Our Tips for a Fun, Safe Camping Trip.

Next time you go camping, think small. Solo trips and outings with the people you live with are the best way to go. Small groups will significantly lower your risk of contracting the virus. Curious about what else could lower your risk?

  • Beware of smoke from campfires. The smoke can make you cough and help spread the virus, so try to avoid it.
  • Try to limit campfire singalongs. Like coughing, singing can help to spread the virus.
  • Don’t share food. Try not to eat from the same pot or share utensils. Buffet-style situations are likely a bad idea.
  • Bring cleaning supplies and hygiene products. Pack your soap, surface cleaners, hand sanitizer, paper towels, and toilet paper—and use them!
  • Respect the campground’s rules. Whether you’re in a tent or an RV, make sure you’re following the campground’s social distancing and cleaning guidelines.
  • Avoid public restrooms when you can. The fewer people who use the shared ones, the better.

Our final tip? Don’t forget your hand sanitizer and masks! Even if you’re planning on being out in nature away from everyone else, it never hurts to be prepared for unplanned interactions.

Lastly, have fun and enjoy your camping trip!