Summer in New England means it’s prime camping season, from the spectacular shores of Maine’s Acadia National Park to the sand dunes of Cape Cod. There’s no better time to get out there and enjoy the outdoors – except you do have those dang insects to contend with. Don’t let the summer ruin your next outing! Here are some tips to make sure your camping experience is the best:
- Avoid pitching your tent near wet or damp areas. While the thought of morning coffee by the lake might be tempting, that’s where the bugs will congregate. Pitch your tent away from standing water and wet/grassy areas, and always uphill to make sure your campsite is well drained.
- Keep insects out of your tent. Make sure to zip up the enclosure to your tent every time you enter or exit, and don’t store any food in there. Also, turn out the lights when you’re not inside, and bring along mosquito netting as an extra precaution.
- Dress appropriately. Now is not the time to show off those gym workouts; keep arms and legs covered, and wear light colored clothing to help you spot insects easier. When hiking, stick to the middle of the trail, and perform regular tick checks. Avoid trail blazing, too – but if you must, make sure to be extra vigilant.
- Bring along a First Aid Kit. Those boy scouts have it right – be prepared, especially when it comes to insect and tick bites! Make sure to pack 1% hydrocortisone cream, as well as anti-itch gel and tweezers for tick removal. If anyone has a history of insect venom allergy, be sure to carry an epipen as well.
- Store food properly. Be vigilant about getting rid of crumbs and food scraps, and make sure to store any opened items inside a cooler. Thoroughly wash and dry any cooking utensils, plates, and containers each time you use them. Dispose of any trash promptly.
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