Camping is one of those great family activities that you can do just about anywhere — from your own backyard to a popular campground or out in the woods. And while some of us may have different ideas about what “camping” actually means (relaxing in a designer tent that costs $300 a night vs spending the night in a sleeping bag under the stars), the desire to protect ourselves from seasonal allergies while spending the day outside is the same for everyone.
If you’ve got allergies but still love being out in nature, here’s a camping checklist that’ll help fight back against your symptoms, whether you’re in the fanciest of glamping bungalows or enjoying a sunset from the back of your car.
A Camping Checklist For People with Seasonal Allergies
The Big Essentials.
Your absolute must-haves including sleeping bags, a tent, backpacks, a high-quality cooler for all your food, all your cookware and utensils, extra blankets, and any power sources / plugs you may need.
A First Aid Kit.
It’s always a good idea to have a fresh first aid kit that’s packed with things to help with cuts, scrapes, bug bites, bee stings, and even a sprained ankle.
Make sure you have enough medication for your seasonal allergies to last the entirety of your trip, especially because in addition to dealing with ragweed (a common summer allergy trigger), smoke from campfires can sometimes cause asthma symptoms to flare.
Breathe Right Strips.
After a full day of hiking and marshmallow roasting, you'll definitely want to get some good shut-eye. Make sure that allergy-based congestion doesn't keep you awake by using Breathe Right strips when you settle in for the night. Effective, drug free, and easy to apply, Breathe Right strips lift and open nasal passages to provide instant relief.
Extra Clothes For Sleeping.
Changing into specific sleeping clothes (clothes you keep in the tent or car in a sealed bag), may help alleviate some allergy symptoms, as the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology recommends changing clothes after spending the whole day outside to reduce pollen in your sleeping area.
Sunglasses and Eye Drops.
Sunglasses will help limit the amount of pollen that finds its way into your eyes during the day, and over-the-counter eye drops can provide short-term relief after you crawl inside your tent for the night.
Allergies can be annoying, but they don’t have to stop you from enjoying all that warm weather has to offer. A little bit of planning can make all the difference!