According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these are the main things to consider when planning a camping trip:
💧 Make sure you have safe food and water.
- Keep raw and cooked foods separate, packed in tight/waterproof bags or containers.
- Make sure food gets to the proper temperature when cooking.
- Bring hand sanitizer if soap isn’t available.
🚴 Plan safe activities.
- However you choose to explore (walking, hiking, climbing, swimming, biking, etc.), make sure you bring the right equipment.
- Beware of your surroundings – poisonous plants or wild animals can appear without warning.
- Don’t explore by yourself, but if you must make sure you check in often.
- Don’t forget sunscreen!
🐕 Protect family pets.
- Make sure they’re vaccinations are current.
- Tether them close or keep a close eye on them at all times.
- If you find a tick, remove it right away.
🦌 Avoid wild animals.
- Animals can carry dangerous diseases, it’s best to avoid contact with them (this includes touching, feeding or getting close to them.
- Keep food stored in sealed containers. Some campgrounds provide bear-proof storage lockers at each camp site.
🐛 Don’t forget bug prevention.
- Some insects can cause certain diseases.
- Check yourself and your pets for ticks daily.
- Wearing long sleeved, light covered clothing can help you spot ticks.
- Make sure your repellent has DEET in it.
🌡️ Plan for potential “temperature-related” illnesses.
- Bring adequate bedding for cold nights, a tarp under your tent for wet weather, plenty of alcohol-free and sugar-free liquids for hot days – don’t wait until your thirsty to drink, stay hydrated.
- Check what the meteorologists are saying for the area before you leave. Consider potential unexpected weather.