What does a family vacation look like during a pandemic? For Mississippians who are intentional about social distancing it is hard to come up with anything better than camping! The weather is right. The wallet is happy. And most importantly, you get a chance to experience the wonderful world of wildlife and benefit from the gifts of nature while making memories with your loved ones. There are a few things you need to do before you start your adventure.
1. Look at your options and choose what works best for you: camping in a tent, a cabin, renting an RV? Once you make up your mind it will be easier to find the right location.
2. This brings us to the second step. Choose your location wisely. There are SO many options in our beautiful state of Mississippi! Some are near the water, some are in wooded areas. Some have bathrooms and showers provided, others even have WiFi available. If you’re traveling with kids and are hoping to avoid hauling mountains of stuff, a cabin in a civilized campground might be the best option. Some of those even come with swimming pools, petting zoos and scheduled kids events and live concerts. What you choose depends on how social distanced you want to remain. You can look at various options for camping on Hipcamp or The Trip Advisor.
Did you know tent camping and bathhouses reopened at Mississippi State Parks and State Fishing Lakes? Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks reminds everyone help keep our parks and fishing lakes clean and beautiful. Please, bag your trash and report any unsanitary situations to the park staff. Respect your neighbors and social distance when possible. MDWFP has taken a phased approach to open facilities for the safety of their guests as well as park staff. All the details available on MDWFP official website.
3. Pack smart! If you’re staying in a cabin, you’ll most likely need to bring sleeping bags and any recreational items you might want. But you might also have the option to rent kayaks, bikes, tennis rackets, etc. Grills and picnic tables are typically available for use in campsites as well. Find out exactly what is available on site, and fill in the gaps. It would be very disappointing to settle into your cabin only to ind out there are absolutely no cooking utensils available.
Think of your bare necessities and have an unforgettable adventure!