I traveled from central Texas to the coast for one night of camping in June. I brought supplies with me to Goose Island State Park that helped me protect myself and others from the coronavirus.
I brought five face masks and coverings as the CDC recommends wearing a those in public. Knowing that I wouldn't want to be stuck with a sweaty mask, I brought four extras.
The virus spreads primarily from person to person, making enclosed spaces riskier than outdoor spaces. So I brought my own food to the campsite to avoid restaurants and stores. Peanut butter and jelly plus plenty of snacks kept me from having to touch the campsite grill.
I still needed to touch surfaces like the picnic table and the water faucet from time-to-time. So I brought sanitizing wipes to disinfect them before and after use.
These wipes can disinfect surfaces by compromising the virus's protective layer, Dr. Saskia Popescu, a senior infection prevention epidemiologist, previously told Business Insider.
The trip to and from the campsite included seven hours of car travel. I knew I would need to inevitably touch a pump, so I brought disposable gloves to wear at the gas station.
Since I only went camping for one night, I didn't use the camp showers. Instead, I cleaned myself with baby wipes. This way, I was able to avoid any extra trips to the bathroom.
Before and after touching anything during this trip, I used hand sanitizer. Since I knew I'd have a faucet at my campsite ...
... I brought some hand soap with me too. Washing your hands with soap and water is more effective than hand sanitizer, Elizabeth Scott, a professor at Simmons University and a home and community hygiene expert, previously told Insider.
Scott also said that drying your hands on a clean towel helps protect your skin from bacteria and viruses. I wish I had brought a towel specifically for drying my clean hands.