Escape Blog: On the Road
Trailer Camping in the Age of COVID-19
What you need to know to stay safe during your escape
After spending a significant amount of time in our homes over the past months, we are enjoying more quality time outdoors. Many of us are rediscovering the joys of nature whether hiking, swimming or just exploring.
Trailer camping, and camping in general, has seen an incredible surge in popularity since the start of the pandemic. While many of us have been enjoying the trailer camping life for years, according to Kampgrounds of America (KOA) about 20 percent of campsite reservations are made by first-time campers.
With more traffic to campsites than ever before, it’s more important than ever to understand new campsite requirements and how to plan ahead to keep you and your family safe during your escape.
We’ve put together four helpful safety tips for camping during COVID:
Not all Campgrounds are Created Equal
Make a Reservation
With popularity at a peak, most campgrounds require reservations. These days you can’t count on pulling up and being able to find a spot. After you make your reservation, be sure to monitor the capacity of the campground to make sure it’s not getting too overcrowded.
Choose Location Wisely
The location of your campground does make a difference. Some campgrounds place campers almost on top of one another while others make an effort to provide a private, roomier space. While you may be used to your favorite campground, maybe opt for something a little more remote this time around. Using an online tool such as HipCamp or an app like thedyrt, can help you find the perfect spot away from everyone else.
Choose Travel Companions Wisely
Camp with Your Household
Traveling with members of your household or those you’ve been close with over the past few months is the safest option. Many campgrounds have limited the number of people per camp to 10 or less. Be sure to check any restrictions your campsite may have before you hit the road with extended family. You may be asked to leave if you do not follow the rules and no one wants that!
Camping with Friends
Just because you’ll be outdoors doesn’t mean you should share close quarters with friends you haven’t seen in months. You can still enjoy their company while trailer camping by using a few extra steps of precaution. Have friends drive separately and meet you at the campground. If they don’t own their own trailer, ask them to bring their personal camping equipment such as tents, pots and pans, utensils, and chairs. If possible, try to keep your trailer for you and members of your household and maintain a level of social distancing. If you feel your friends may be put off, you can always reschedule your camping trip for when things are a little more “normal.”
Gather Supplies and Stock Up
Grocery Shop Before You Leave
You may be used to grocery shopping in the area around your campsite upon your arrival. However, shopping for everything you need before you leave will help to avoid multiple stops along with way. Use coolers to keep cold items cold until you’re able to plug into power at the campsite. It’s a great way to take advantage of the ample storage areas within your Escape Trailer!
Gather Safety Essentials
Don’t forget to bring plenty of hand sanitizer, soap, paper towels, and sanitizing wipes. Bring a supply of masksfor when you stop for gas, or know you’ll be running into other campers.
COVID Safety Guidelines Still Apply
Check requirements for your specific campsite prior to leaving so you know what’s expected when you arrive.
- Stay at least six feet from people outside your household.
- If you’re hiking, be sure to allow plenty of space between you and other hikers.
- Maintain plenty of distance between campsites.
- If you’re not able to social distance, wear a mask.
- Try to avoid crowded areas, such as popular sightseeing areas around your campsite.
Wear a Mask
Recommendations include wearing a mask when you cannot properly social distance or
inside of buildings. Wearing a mask gives you some protection but it also protects
others from your germs. You don’t need to wear a mask at your campsite or in your trailer as long as you’re with members of your own household.
Wash Your Hands
Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds after you’ve been in a public place, used the restroom, or after sneezing or coughing. Also wash your hands before preparing meals and eating.
Remember everything you do at home to keep yourself protected and apply them to your Escape Trailer, your home away from home. With a few extra precautions, we can all continue to enjoy the peaceful refuge nature provides during such strange times.
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