While things are looking up in terms of vaccines, folks are still going to need to take proper precautions this summer when camping in BC.
RVers know the importance of planning, and this year it will be even more important. Registration has already opened for BC provincial campgrounds, and those eager to hit the road will have to remember a few things.
Campgrounds will still be following public health precautions, so social distancing will still be required on site. This also means certain amenities will not be available to campers, so be sure to keep that in mind when planning your route. Don’t expect to be able to rent out any day-use facilities, because they very likely will not be available.
When at all possible, use your own amenities, ie. toilet and shower, to limit contact and potential exposure. This may mean more stops at the sani-dump, but it will be worth it to protect your and your family’s health.
Pack as much food as you’re able to; the fewer trips to the grocery store, the better, in order to avoid unnecessary contact with strangers. Taking the time to do food prep before leaving will help meal time go smoother and be less stressful. Isn’t that the whole goal of camping, after all?
Make sure you check the public health guidelines for the most up-to-date information prior to heading out. There’s no guarantee the rules won’t change, so be willing to be flexible with your trip. Some places may decide to shut down, while others may partially re-open. We can’t know what the summer will bring, so don’t be afraid to go with the flow.
At the same time, don’t be afraid to stick close to home this summer. There’s likely some hidden gems in your region that will have everything you want in a camping experience. Plus if anything goes sideways, you won’t have to go too far to return home.
Be sure to check the BC Camping website for all the latest updates and information regarding shifting regulations and restrictions due to COVID-19.