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15 Helpful Safety Tips About Camping And The Coronavirus

It doesn't get more 2020 than camping in masks.

The coronavirus pandemic is still impacting travel, and destinations around the world have different COVID-19 restrictions in place. It’s important to check and adhere to local government policies as you're planning any future trips.

After months of being cooped up, you might be craving an escape to the great outdoors to make the world feel *almost* normal.

But before you set up camp, make sure you know how to keep yourself (and everyone around you) as safe as possible. To help you out, we got the lowdown from public health experts and a camping pro, so you can be prepared and keep your trip low-risk.

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1. Don't put away that face mask quite yet. You'll need it.

2. Make a hygiene pack and bring it with you everywhere.

3. Get everything you need before you go so you don't have to make stops along the way.

A car trunk full of camping gear with a tent in the background

4. Don't share anything that touches your face, eyes, or mouth.

5. Be smart about food, but don't stress it.

Woman cooking vegetables on a camping stove

6. Keep your camp crew small.

7. If you're camping with people outside your household, drive separate cars to the campsite.

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8. Sleep in your own tent.

Illuminated tent under a starry night sky

9. And remember that the 6-foot rule still applies.

10. Choose your campground carefully. And after you make a reservation, monitor its capacity.

Crowded campground full of tents and an illustrated "cross"; remote campground with a single tent and an illustrated "tick"

11. Be extra careful in campground bathrooms and showers.

12. Or, to really play it safe, skip the campground and go somewhere remote.

Camping on a platform of rock in the Royal Arch Drainage with running water nearby — Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

13. Regardless, make sure you have the tools needed to leave no trace.

14. Keep yourself entertained but steer clear of crowds and save that epic cliff drop for next year.

Man on a lake rowing a stand up paddle board

15. Pack a small first aid kit with some basic supplies, so you're prepared to deal with minor injuries on your own.

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