Camping can be a very healthy activity–after all, it encourages us to get outdoors and to get active. There are, however, a few potential health dangers as well; but with care they can be avoided. Here are 4 keys to healthy camping.


  1. Excessive exposure to the sun can cause skin damage, and it can even increase your risk for skin cancer. This means taking measures to minimize exposure is always the smart move, so limit outdoor activity during peak hours, cover up any areas that are already burnt, and, most importantly, wear sunscreen!


  1. Camping presents a wonderful opportunity to break away from the bad eating habits of a busy lifestyle. However, for many people, it is also an opportunity to indulge in special treats such as roasted marshmallows and franks. There’s no need to give up these camping staples entirely, but consider including a few convenient and healthy alternatives as well, such as fruit, veggies, and low-sugar trail mix.


  1. While we’re on the topic of nutrition, it’s worth pointing out that staying hydrated is also very important, and this can be tricky when one is in the great outdoors. Be sure to bring water containers, and make a conscious effort to drink appropriate amounts of water corresponding to the heat and your activity level.


  1. Not only can bugs carry potentially dangerous diseases, they can also be a major nuisance. Protect yourself from all of this by wearing long clothing as needed as using bug spray–preferably DEET, which works by blocking bug’s ability to detect your smell, and is thus far less toxic than other alternatives.


Saco River Campground offers the perfect location for your next camping adventure. Visit us online to learn more about the campground, and to make your next reservation!