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How to Show Your Support for Campgrounds You Love During These Challenging Times
The concept of social distancing is really nothing new to campers who love to get out to enjoy wide open spaces. But it’s now something everyone must abide by. And while we would all love to go camping to escape this pandemic, many of us are unable to right now due to government policies and safety practices limiting non-essential travel. These restrictions, while necessary, are seriously impacting campgrounds across the country, many of which are fighting to provide lodging to full-time RVers and other essential workers that must travel for their jobs.
If you can’t go camping right now, there are several things you can do to help support your favorite campgrounds during this time:
- Postpone and reschedule your trips instead of cancelling them. Find another time down the road to visit these parks and give both the park and yourself a reason to look forward.
- Buy gift certificates from the campground to give others or to use for future trips. Give yourself, a friend or a family member the gift of a camping trip.
- Purchase t-shirts or other items from your campground’s online store, if they have one. They, like all small businesses during this time, will appreciate the extra revenue.
- Support parks and campground on social media. Like, share, retweet and interact with parks on their social channels to help promote their brand. Leave a positive review as thanks for a past stay. Many campgrounds are offering fun activities like virtual scavenger hunts, hosting live streams of musical acts or other interactive activities that are great fun for you and your family
Between now and your next camping trip, why not try a little virtual camping? Many RV parks and campgrounds offer virtual tours on their websites and social media. This is a great time to take a few virtual tours of campgrounds you’re interested in so you can decide which ones you want to visit. You can even set up a tent or make a fort in your yard or house and pretend you’re visiting your favorite park! Bonus if you wear the campground shirt you purchase and share with the campground on social media!
If you do have to travel to a campground or RV park, or are already residing at one, here are some tips to follow to help ensure that your camping experience is optimal:
- Check the status of the area you’re planning to visit. Be sure to get up to date on all federal, state and local rules and recommendations regarding visits and business operations in the area. Information is changing fast, so be sure to check often.
- Don’t plan a trip if any members of your party are feeling sick. You wouldn’t want their symptoms to worsen while camping and/or to expose others to their illness.
- Check with your campground. Visit your campground’s website and social media to make sure they’re open for business and to get updates on what they are doing to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), local and federal guidelines. Make sure they have a safety plan that is clearly defined and that it is one you feel comfortable following. Don’t hesitate to give your campground a call if you have specific questions.
- Observe social distancing guidelines. Remember to do this in all facets of your trip, from your campsite or cabin accommodations to using any shared facilities to enjoying outdoor activities such as hiking. Use grocery delivery services, if necessary, if you find that you didn’t bring enough supplies with you.
- Go cashless whenever possible. This will help you avoid any possible contamination from exchanging coins or paper money.
- Respect temporary changes. Campgrounds may be making some changes such as restricting park capacity or limiting some activities or amenities in order to comply with current government guidelines and best practices. Remember that these changes are being made in your best interest and to keep everyone safe.
Finally, if you do have the opportunity to stay at a campground during these challenging times, be sure to leave an online review and to share your experience with other campers on social media. This will let them know they can look forward to having a positive camping experience there, too. The owners of your favorite campgrounds will appreciate it and they will welcome you back with open arms once this crisis is over.