With the coronavirus pandemic altering travelers' summer plans, many are opting for a more outdoorsy feel, hoping that camping will be a safer alternative to getting on a plane or visiting resorts.
Kevin Long, CEO of The Dirt, even told Today that Google searches for "camping" are currently the highest they've been since 2011. But is it even safe to go camping? The short answer is yes, but there are some things you might want to keep in mind.
With camping being the popular alternative to lots of summer travel plans, campgrounds are filling up quickly. Additionally, some public grounds have been closed to the public, making for fewer options.
The campgrounds that are open may only be offering up every other plot in an effort to maintain physical distance between campers. Call ahead to make sure there's availability for you and your gang before you pack up the car.
Know the CDC guidelines
The safety guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control are constantly being updated, so it's important to know where and when to wear your mask, how far away from others you should be, and how to safely go through your outdoor adventure without risking contamination.
Bring your own soap
While you shouldn't fear public restrooms, you should consider bringing your own soap. While Dr. Shruti Gohil suggests that it's unlikely to catch coronavirus from a flushing toilet, experts urge users to close the toilet lid before flushing.
While many campsites offer public bathrooms, they may not have adequate hygiene supplies, which is why it's important to bring your own soap. You may also want to consider bringing your own toilet paper and paper towels.
Bring your mask
Social distancing should be possible when camping, but for the moments when it's not - whether that be at a rest stop or a gas station - you're going to want to have your mask handy.