Let’s face it. Coronavirus has really put a damper on things this summer. For many, this means not being able to do many of the things they typically enjoy each summer, such as going to concerts, eating out, and spending lots of time at the beach. For RVers, coronavirus has also caused many cancelled or modified plans and trips. However, if you have an RV, it may not be necessary to cancel the family vacation this year. You see, when you travel in an RV, there are actually many ways to safely distance yourself from others, while still enjoying typical activities. And since RVs come equipped with their own bathrooms and kitchens, safely road tripping is easier than ever. Below, we’ve compiled a list of common RV activities you can safely enjoy this summer while social distancing.
1. Plan Outdoor Activities
COVID-19 safety experts have repeatedly said that outdoor activities are safest. In the summer, many popular activities also tend to take place outside. Below we have listed some activities that many RVers enjoy on vacation, as well as ways to safely modify them for coronavirus safety and social distancing.
There is nothing like hiking your favorite trail, especially in the summer. This is the most ideal season for any mountain hiking or backpacking you are considering, as well as any thru hikes. National parks, national forests, and many local and state parks have thousands of trails across the country. While some of these trails may be too busy to be considered a wise suggestion, many less popular trails can easily be enjoyed safely. Just be sure to maintain social distancing protocol between yourself and others when passing on the trail, and don’t forget your sunscreen and bug spray!
Water sports are one of the things people look forward to the most in the summer. Between kayaking or canoeing on lakes, floating and tubing in rivers, surfing in the ocean, and swimming, sailing, water skiing, and anything else you can imagine enjoying on the water, there are so many ways to cool off. These can still typically be enjoyed safely, with some minor modifications. As stated above, be sure to maintain distance between yourself and others, and avoid busier boat launches and areas at peak times of day.
Bonfires are a classic summer activity that are usually enjoyed with friends, drinks, and snacks. They are still totally doable, so long as you maintain distance between yourself and others. Don’t forget to drown out your fire whenever you are done!
Lastly, summer dinner parties are another seasonal staple that can easily be moved outdoors. Be sure that each guest has their own clean utensils, and be careful not to swap. Consider also writing your names on your cups to make sure everyone has their own and doesn’t get them mixed up.
2. Camp at Harvest Hosts
Campgrounds can be fairly safe at this time, as each RV is still adequately spaced apart. However, there can still be quite a few people within relatively close distance of each other. If you choose to camp at a Harvest Hosts location instead of in a campground, you can be sure that your experience will be much safer than one at a campground. While there may be a few other campers nearby you, they will likely be adequately spaced apart. In addition, you will enjoy much greater views and will also be supporting a small business at the same time. Be sure to follow all local ordinances and wear masks where required.
3. Visit Restaurants with Patios
If you really want to sit down at a restaurant, choose one with outdoor seating available. Restaurants with outdoor seating are a bit safer because of the open air flow outside. For an even safer option, grab takeout from a local favorite restaurant, and enjoy it in the comfort of your own RV.
4. Explore Lesser-Known National Parks
National parks are very popular visitation places in the summer. While avoiding busier places is a safer option right now, even the most popular national parks have plenty of places that are less popular and can be enjoyed from a distance. If you visit lesser-known parks, your chances of having the place to yourself are even greater. Consider the northern parks of Voyageurs and Isle Royale and the Lassen Volcanic and Crater Lake out west. Other excellent less-popular parks include North Cascades in Washington and some of the Colorado national parks, such as Black Canyon of the Gunnison and Mesa Verde. Be sure to follow all local guidelines when exploring these fabulous parks.
While the rampant coronavirus has definitely changed our way of life this summer, there are still plenty of activities we can safely enjoy. With some prior planning and considerations, we can truly make the best of the summer in a way that is safe for both you and your family.
How has COVD-19 changed your way of life this summer? What activities have you still been able to enjoy while social distancing? Feel free to share in the comments below!
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