In Pacific Northwest, camping on rise amid coronavirus

Regardless, groups should include no more than five people from outside the household, which is the largest gathering allowed in the second of the state’s four-phase reopening plan, where Clark County remains.

At this point, we’re all well aware of the need to frequently wash hands or use hand sanitizer, and it’s no different while camping, experts say. And public bathrooms? If you can’t avoid them, be sure to wear a face covering, since research shows that the virus may linger in the air. Avoid touching any surfaces.

You could bring a portable restroom (that is, a bucket), such as a Luggable Loo, which can be placed in a small stand-up tent for privacy. Deeper in the woods, doing your business and burying it may be an option, but some public lands require that you pack out everything, including human waste.

Amenities vary

Campers should plan ahead and check what amenities, if any, are available at the campground they select. Several agency officials repeated the same line: “Know before you go.”

“It’s kind of all over the board, as far as what’s open,” Yeats said of the state parks system. “It’s about really coming prepared, knowing what to expect, and having a Plan B. As we get to some of these warmer temperatures, some of the water access points are going to be pretty crowded.”