It’s Labor Day weekend and a popular weekend for camping! With heat indexes in the 100s the staff at Linn County Conservation offers some tips to make your camping experience a positive one!
- Be alert to weather conditions. Heat will remain high through Monday and there is a chance of thunderstorms on Sunday. Be prepared for the high temps throughout the weekend.
- Select a campsite that offers plenty of shade if possible. If there is no natural shade available, try creating some shade using a tarp.
- Drink plenty of water. Remember caffeine and alcohol can worsen dehydration conditions. To stay well hydrated, water is your best choice.
- Keep your food safely stored in a cooler or secured area outside of your tent. If food needs to be kept cool, a cooler will help prevent spoiling. With this heat, you will need to check the ice levels often! Keeping food secured will make it harder to critters to disturb! (One cooler for drinks and a separate cooler will food will be best so there is not a constant opening/closing of your food cooler.
- Wear sunscreen and sunglasses. Even on an overcast day, you can get a sunburn! Protect your skin and eyes from UV rays.
- If there is water nearby, many people will want to cool off in the water. Please be careful around water. Everyone should know how to swim and have a life jacket on or nearby.
- At the peak point of heat during the day, consider visiting Wickiup Hill. You’ll have an opportunity to experience nature, but it will be cool and air-conditioned inside!
- Take fans if you have an electric site.
- Dress cool by wearing light colors, water wicking clothes. – wear loose, light-colored, cotton clothing and a wide-brimmed hat that will shade your face. It will also help to lay a cloth soaked in cold water over your head before putting on the hat. Re-wet the cloth any time it warms up.
Here are some non-weather related camping tips:
- When going for hikes on trails, use the buddy system. Take a friend with you and be sure to tell others where you are going.
- Be cautious and considerate about building a fire. Don’t build a fire near tents or other flammable items. Don’t leave a fire unattended and make sure it is extinguished if you decide to depart.
- Be responsible for young children in your party. They too want to have fun, so make sure their environment is safe – don’t run out in front of vehicles, don’t talk to strangers and be extra careful around fire and water.
- Keep all pets on leashes at all times.
- Wear insect repellent and check yourself for ticks! If you find a tick on you, simply brush it off with your fingers.
- Keep any valuables out of sight and in a locked area.
- Follow park rules and regulations. You can find these posted at the registration booth at each campground.
If you have any concerns about campground safety, please contact the campground host or park staff immediately