If we’ve learned anything the past few months it’s how vital the outdoors is to our physical, emotional and mental health. Fortunately, trails and parks have begun to open up again. We want to see them remain open, which means it’s important to #recreateresponsibly as we head back to the great outdoors.
The newly formed Washington Recreate Responsibly Coalition has put together six simple tips to follow as we enjoy our natural surroundings in the time of coronavirus. Following these tips will help prevent the spread of the virus.
Tip #1: Know before you go
Before you head out for your adventure, check to make sure your destination is open. If it is closed, simply don’t go. If you arrive and it’s very crowded, opt for a plan B. This means you should have a plan B in mind when you set out.
Tip #2: Plan ahead
Expect restroom facilities to be closed, and bring along needed supplies to Leave no trace when taking care of business outside. Pack a lunch and bring along essentials like hand sanitizer and face coverings. Consider bringing hiking poles to limit the things you need to touch along the trail.
Tip #3: Stay close to home
Most places right now are only open for day use, so now is not the time to travel far from home. Choose a destination that is close enough for a day trip.
Tip #4: Practice Physical Distancing
Head out on your adventure with only your immediate household. Be prepared to cover your mouth and nose with a face covering when in close contact with others. Try to maintain six feet of distance from others. If you’re sick, stay home.
Tip #5: Play it safe
Go at a slower pace and choose low-risk activities that are unlikely to result in injury. Because of the crisis search and rescue operations and health care resources are both strained.
Tip #6: Leave no trace
We want to respect our public lands and keep them pristine for others! Pack out all garbage with you and be prepared to leave no trace of your adventure.
We know spending time outdoors is important for so many of you! Let’s all #RecreateResponsibly and hopefully see even more outdoor areas opening up soon!
Information taken from Washington Trails Association.