Are you going camping this summer? There are so many amazing parks in BC to explore for every generation. For some kids, camping is hands down one of their favourite summer activities. Of course, it must be your decision about whether this is an adventure you want to undertake right now. Before you hit the road, take a look at some of our tips on how to stay safe on your next camping trip.
Pack your own safety kit
Parks and campsites in BC have various facilities and not all of them are equipped with running water, soap or hand sanitizers. Bring your own cleaning supplies with you so you are not caught without them. Some of the cleaning and personal hygiene products you may want to pack in your bag are hand sanitizers, soap, paper towel, baby wipes, water jug(s) to set up a hand washing station and towels. Make sure to keep your campsite and vehicle clean as there are many frequently touched surfaces. And as always, take your garbage back with you when you’re hiking or out in the wilderness.
Keep practicing proper hand hygiene
According to the BC CDC, washing your hands with soap and hot water is still the most effective strategy for reducing your risk. Soap actively destroys the surface of the virus. Additionally, washing your hands with soap will reduce how much of the virus is left on your skin. For more information on effective hand washing, check out the BC CDC’s resources. You can easily set up a hand washing station at your campsite by bringing your own water jug, soap and towels.
If you’re going to a smaller community, bring groceries and essential supplies with you when possible. The community may not have enough resources to support you and you will also reduce your own risk by limiting contact with people outside of your bubble.
And let’s not forget about social distancing!
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