With most overnight camps closed, many families are looking for creative, safe ways to enjoy the great outdoors as a family this summer. We know how important it is to take advantage of nature during the warm summer months, but the outdoors poses more health risks than ever before.
Here are some tips for to maintain a healthy summer during these times:
- Know before you go. Most national parks and waterfronts are constantly updating their hours as the pandemic evolves. Check whether your destination will be open before you head out. If it looks like it will be crowded, have a backup plan.
- Practice social distancing. Of course, this is easier outdoors than indoors. But even outdoors, it’s important to stay on guard. Keep your group size small, maintain a six-foot distance from other guests, and keep a mask on hand to cover your nose and mouth in case you need to move a bit closer at any point. If you are sick, be considerate and stay home.
- Plan ahead. Bring your own food because most public places are not selling snacks over the summer. Pack hand sanitizer in case you need to touch any surface.
- Play it safe. Choose toned-down, low risk activities. Keep in mind that search and rescue teams and healthcare systems are both strained.