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July 22, 2020  |  Tips & Guides  |  Insect Repellents

Wirecutter: Visiting a National Park During the Pandemic? Here’s What to Bring Along.

Via NYT Wirecutter

Visiting a National Park During the Pandemic? Here’s What to Bring Along.

After being cooped up for so long, we’re overdue for a day in the sun and a big dose of nature. If you’re feeling the same way, you might be getting ready to hop in your car for a trip to the nearest national park. There will be wildlife and majestic scenery. There could also be traffic, facilities might be closed, and you might not want to use public bathrooms (if they’re even open).
As of right now, the strategies to reopen vary by park, so check with your destination first. For many parks, visitor centers will remain closed. Not all restrooms are open. Campgrounds have limited availability, if they’re open at all, and even some park roads remain out of service.In certain parks, there might be a limit on the number of people who can enter, so you could be turned away if you haven’t made a day-use reservation online. Concession and picnic areas are mostly unavailable, and some parks will be accepting only credit cards—no cash.

All of this means that your car will most likely be your base camp, too. We’ve put together a list of our favorite gear for on-the-go handwashing, cleaning up, and eating alfresco.

Catch the full list from Wirecutter’s Eve O’Neill here:

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