• Ashley Locke

Camping in the Age of Corona: Everything You Need to Know

We're months into quarantine, so plenty of us are itching to get out and experience the great big world once again, especially with summer coming up.


States have already begun to lift stay-at-home orders and ease various restrictions, inspiring many to look into their summer vacation plans.


Trips to Disneyland and vacations abroad may be out of the question, but camping is something almost everyone can safely enjoy during the age of corona.


Keep scrolling to discover everything you need to know about camping during the pandemic!

girl in her tent with her dog while sitting near a lake in the mountains

Is Camping Safe During the Coronavirus Pandemic?


We aren't healthcare professionals, so we can't entirely confirm how safe camping is. We do know that being cooped up indoors with strangers on a cruise ship is way riskier than camping on your own in a desolate area. A few experts have even claimed it's one of the least riskiest summer activities, so long as you follow proper procedures. This brings us to our next point!


How Can I Make My Trip Extra Safe?


Apart from social distancing and wearing a mask, the best way to ensure a safe camping trip is to only go with those you've been quarantining with. It's best not to bring anyone into the mix that you haven't been in close quarters with already. You may want to invite all your friends and family, but that isn't the greatest idea. They could potentially go camping with you, if you all agree to keep your distance and sleep in different tents.


Experts encourage you to find a campground that isn't overcrowded, as that increases the potential of contracting the virus. If that isn't possible, it may be best to camp in your own home or even backyard. We know it isn't the same, but if it lowers the risk of catching coronavirus, it may be the way to go.


What Are the Health Benefits of Camping?


Camping offers a variety of benefits that are great for your health, including being in nature, reducing stress, allowing you to unplug, and so much more. There's nothing like breathing in fresh air as you're surrounded by gorgeous scenery to make you feel alive again. It really is a great way to unwind, while also increasing your physical activity. In these times, it's important to disconnect from the world for a bit and camping allows you to do just that.


Where Can I Go Camping?


It's recommended to go camping some place that's close to wherever you're currently in quarantine and where there aren't as many people. Many national parks have begun to open their campgrounds, though plenty are still closed.


For campgrounds that are open, many only allow RV camping, as many amenities may still be closed to help prevent the spread.


Depending on where you reside, it may be difficult to find an open campground. There are a number that are open around the U.S., but plenty of states are still keeping them closed. It'll take a bit of research to find your perfect camping spot, but it's well worth it.



If camping doesn't seem like something that's feasible for you, you may enjoy one of THESE staycation ideas!

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