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How to camp safely during COVID-19

July 14, 2020

In California, most of the states parks are open, and 85 of them have opened up with limited campground availability.

Does this mean that is actually safe to go camping again?

According to news site MLive, who spoke with public health specialists and ranked 36 different activities by their level of risk, camping is a relatively low risk activity. On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the highest risk, they have ranked camping at a level 3 which is the same level of risk as grocery shopping. 

Also according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), getting outdoors is a relatively safe way to remain physically active, get fresh air and reduce stress. Don't travel if you feel ill, have recently tested positive for COVID-19 or know someone who has. Camp and travel with those you live with and continue to follow safe social distancing practices, like staying 6 feet away from others and wearing your mask, on the road and at destination.

At the end of the day, whether taking the decision to go camping, depends on your risk tolerance, and you guessed it: your health.

If you decide going camping by yourself or with your family, here are some good tips so you can make the most of your next camping trip by keeping everyone safe and cozy:

 

PLAN, PLAN & MORE PLANNING
Campgrounds are filling up quickly and many people have turned to camping as a way to social distance while on vacation. This has caused an uptick in campground reservations. The key here is to book ahead of time to ensure yourself a spot or call ahead to the campground to see there's a spot open
MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING & WEAR A MASK 

While out at a campsite or surrounding areas, continue to stay 6 feet apart or more from others that are not part of your household. If you’re planning to go on a hike, choose wider trails that allow for more separation. Don't forget to bring your face mask. It's more important than ever to use wear a face cover when out in public. It also allows you to keep bugs and dust of out your face - 2 in 1 combo!

 

DON'T FEAR THE TOILETS (BUT BRING YOUR OWN SOAP)

You might want to opt for campsites with toilets if only to make the experience more convenient, but don’t expect any of these bathrooms to have adequate hygiene supplies. Bring plenty of hand soap — along with toilet paper, paper towels and any other hygiene essentials. Don't forget to wash your hands always!

 

TRY TO STAY CLOSER TO HOME IF YOU CAN

Choose campsites that are closer to home. The further you travel, the more you are likely to promote the spread of the virus, especially if you choose to camp somewhere you need to fly to. Camping closer to home and somewhere you can drive to means a slower spread and less risk.

 

MAKE YOUR HAND HYGIENE PRODUCTS ACCESSIBLE

Be wise of bringing portable, easy-to-access hand sanitizer.There's a lot of people with these huge jugs, and those are fine for refilling, but it’s good to have a small dispenser you can put on your wrist or hook on your belt so that you don’t have to think about it and can always just reach for it. Any hand sanitizer will do so long as it contains at least 70 percent alcohol.

 

For even more tips, our retail partner REI has an awesome comprehensive checklist of everything you might need to make your camping experience as comfortable and convenient as possible, even if you are doing your first camping trip.

 



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Size Chart

A proper fit is essential to fully enjoying all the Selk'bag has to offer. All Selk'bag models are unisex, meaning that is suitable for men and women.

The size you need will depend on the activity you'll use it for the most : to sleep, be active, both, or any other thing you may think of. To help you choose we’ve put together a Fitting Guide with comprehensive information.

In case you still unsure which size to choose, please contact us anytime and we'll be glad to help!

  

Size Small
Fits up to 4’11’’ / 150 cm Tall
if you are between 4’5” and 4’9” this is your size.
It can fit up to 4'11'' if you intend to use it while active, without booties.

 

Size Medium
Fits up to 5’5’’ / 165 cm Tall
If you are between 4'9'' and 5'3'' this is your size. It can fit up to 5'5'' if you intend to use it while active, without booties.

 

Size Large
Fits up to 5’11’’ / 180 cm Tall

If you are between 5'3'' and 5'9'' this is your size. It can fit up to 5'11'' if you intend to use it while active, without booties.

 

Size X-Large
Fits up to 6’4’’ / 193 cm Tall
If you are between 5'9'' and 6'2'' this is your size. It can fit up to 6'4'' if you intend to use it while active, without booties.

 

Size X-Large Wide
Same as X-Large, but for heavier body types (approx. +2'' in girth throughout the torso vs X-Large)

Realtree models only

 

* Please keep in mind that our Original 6G model, due to a higher insulation loft (contains more padding insulation than the Lite 6G) makes it more snug, so we recommend to size up if you are 1'' to 3'' below the in between size range (i.e if you are getting the Original 6G and you are 5'9'' we recommend getting an XL)

 

In-between sizes? 
A looser fit is better for more comfortable sleeping, while a tighter fit is better for mobility - but may restrict sleeping comfort if booties are left on.

We always recommend to size up if you are in between sizes or not completely sure. It's better to have a little bit more room while using your Selk'bag!