How to camp safely during COVID-19
With many English campsites now open there has been a boom in interest in camping holidays. But from the messages I’ve been receiving I know that a lot of people have reservations and are wondering whether it is possible to camp safely during COVID-19.
But what can you do to protect yourself and your family on a camping holiday during Coronavirus?
It’s important to say I am not a health expert and I have based this post on Government advice, the information currently available to the travel industry and common sense.
Here’s what we will be doing when we head out in our camper van for the first time – you may find it useful too:
Check campsites are adhering to Coronavirus guidelines
Before you book, check what the campsite’s response has been to the Government’s guidelines for hospitality businesses reopening.
You should be able to find this out on their website or by calling or emailing them direct.
Something else that you might find handy is to look out for the AA’s new COVID CONFIDENT accreditation. This is freely available to hotels, restaurants, pubs, B&Bs, campsites, self-catering accommodation, golf courses as they prepare to reopen.
If a campsite has the AA COVID CONFIDENT accreditation you know it has in place the necessary risk assessments, safety measures and staff training, in line with the Government and UKHospitality’s published guidelines.
You can find AA COVID CONFIDENT accredited accommodation listed on Rated Trips.
Follow the campsite’s rules
Of course, every campsite and holiday park is different so they will have specific guidance for guests about social distancing and using their facilities.
Make sure you and everyone in your family is familiar with these rules. The site owners will thank you for being responsible guests.
We’re all old hands at this now, but don’t let the holiday vibe distract you from safe social distancing in line with Government guidelines.
Take basic supplies
Minimise the number of times you need to go to the shops or supermarket by bringing camping essentials with you. That includes hand sanitiser, antibacterial spray and soap.
Plan your camping meals before you leave home.
Here’s some more camping packing lists that might help:
- What to pack for a family camping holiday
- Caravan equipment checklist
- What to pack for a camper van holiday
- Glamping packing list
- Packing list for a mobile home holiday
Bring a good first aid kit
Make sure you are self-sufficient when it comes to treating the inevitable bumps, scratches, insect bites and cuts that go hand in hand with camping holidays with kids.
Buy, restock or bulk up your travel first aid kit before you set off your camping holiday.
Plan your activities in advance
Many family attractions and days out will be re-opening in July too. However, it may not be possible to rock up on the day and expect admission.
Many attractions like zoos, gardens, National Trust estates, English Heritage land and theme parks are taking bookings in advance to limit visitor numbers and allow for social distancing.
Some attractions will not be able to open straight away due to furloughed staff and needing more time to make their site safe for visitors. So always check before you visit, even if you just want to use the car park!
Find out what there is to do near your campsite or holiday park before you leave home.
Here are some websites that might help you plan if you are visiting these popular UK camping destinations:
- Things to do in Cornwall with kids
- Things to do in Devon with kids
- Things to in the Peak District with kids
Camping again in 2020
I personally can’t wait to get out camping again. Our kids have been asking when we can go away in the camper van with the same frequency that they usually ask about Christmas!
Are you looking forward to UK campsites reopening in the summer? Do you have any concerns about how to camp safely during COVID-19?
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