For those who like to camp, there are many beautiful areas you can go to get away from the uncertainty occurring right now. With open air and spaces of camping, you may find yourself reconnecting with those you love. With the ease of keeping a distance from those around you, and areas of mild weather, the only thing that could stop you is health or breathing issues. Here are a few tips for camping with asthma that can help you breathe easier as you venture outdoors.
Tents and Tarps
Prior to embarking on your journey, make sure your camping equipment is clean. Take time before leaving to air out your tent and check your tarps and other items for mold. If you have asthma (or even if you don’t), you can surely understand the issues associated with breathing in mold spores. Use liquid bleach and hot water to remove any moldy spots and dirt on the equipment.
When picking a campsite—granted you’re not allergic to it—choose a grassy area to set up. If you’re affected by grass, then locate to a cleared area. You mainly want to stay away from patches of dirt that can be stirred up, dusty, and contribute to labored breathing. Depending on the time of year, you’ll want to become familiar with allergens that could affect you as well, such as weeds or pollen in summer.
Campfires can be significantly irritating to someone with asthma. Often, it’s recommended to sit farther away from the fire, especially when the wind starts to blow smoke in your direction. The problem is, of course, the further away you are, the colder you get. Consider investing in a smokeless bonfire. In addition to the reduced smoke output, these apparatuses burn hotter and double as a grill.
Following these tips for camping with asthma will surely help you prepare for a little get away into nature. Keeping at a distance, while getting back to socializing with the people in our lives, can be great for the mind and soul. Preparing properly will ensure less chances for disaster and more chances for fun if you or anyone camping with you has asthma. Preparedness is key!