Mother Nature has always been known to offer a therapeutic sense of calm to those who seek her out. With all the stress and fear surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, it’s not surprising to find that more and more people are looking for ways to destress in the wild while staying safe. Here are some things to consider if you’re planning a trip into the great outdoors.
- Stay close to home
Obviously, the point of this is to avoid spreading the virus. The further you travel, the more likely you are to need rest stops and bathroom breaks. This not only puts you and your household at risk but also increases the risk of spreading the virus to small towns and tourist destinations which may not be well equipped to handle a COVID-19 outbreak. If you need to drive to an outdoor recreational area, be sure to fill up on gas and food from home, so that you limit your contact with people as much as possible. Also, make sure that before you go, you do your research to find out which areas are safe, open and close to home.
- Stay in touch and be mindful of your health
If you’re embarking on a solo trip, try your best to stay in touch with family and friends. This was already fundamental for pre-COVID solo trips, but it is even more so now. Update your people regularly about where you are as well as how you’re feeling. Do the responsible thing and end the trip if you start to experience fever, cough, headaches or any other symptoms. Be sure to monitor any symptoms for warning signs that might require emergency care. Most importantly, it goes without saying that you shouldn’t take a trip at all if you or someone in your household is already feeling ill.
- Prepare well and be extra safe
Healthcare services around the world have been stretched to their limits during this awful time. This is certainly not the time to be overly adventurous and try your hands at, for example, mountain climbing. Instead, explore easier hiking trails, or go camping or fishing. Make sure you are well prepared for whatever you decide to do. For instance, if you’re new to fishing, getting beginners fishing equipment from Tailored Tackle is a great place to start. Know your limits and stick to them, because you might find that access to emergency care might be a bit more challenging than usual. Also, you really do not want to have to visit an emergency room during a pandemic. The bottom line is, keep it simple and take extra precautions where necessary.
- Avoid crowds
Since more people are venturing out after being cooped up inside for so long, you’ll find that popular beaches and parks tend to be crowded despite warnings from health authorities. Avoid places where it will be challenging to maintain a six-foot distance from people. Also, find out about any limits to the number of visitors in recreational parks, beaches and other outdoor spaces. Limit group activities to members of your household only to avoid putting yourself and others at risk.
It’s been a long year, and a trip into nature, however modest, can do wonders for your peace of mind and much needed positivity. Just be sure to be mindful of your health and that of others, so that you can safely enjoy Mother Nature’s gifts.