5 Important Safety Tips for Camping at YOGI BEAR'S JELLYSTONE PARK™
Spring has finally arrived at last, and our lovable friend Yogi Bear has been enjoying all the music and fun each new camping weekend at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park. While camping in spring, summer, and fall is a great activity for the whole family, it’s important to know how to keep safe while enjoying the great outdoors. Whether our campers are kids or adults, safety is an important factor in fully enjoying a relaxing weekend in Robert, Louisiana. Yogi wants all his camper friends to have memorable camping trips void of injury. For that reason, he wants to remind all campers, both novice and experienced, to prevent discomfort and injury while camping at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park. Our staff offers five important safety tips for camping in Louisiana:
- Don’t approach or touch wildlife: While that bunny might look cute and approachable, it’s best to let all wild animals roam as freely as possible. Never attempt to feed wild animals. Be sure to keep all food supplies sealed away (and never in a camper’s tent). Some animals can carry diseases like salmonella or rabies. Avoid contact with animals to prevent injury. The Center for Disease Control writes that, “animals sometimes carry germs that are harmful to humans.”
- Wear sunscreen: Although spending an entire day in the sunshine feels great, it can damage a camper’s skin if proper precautions are not taken. Wear a sunscreen with at least SPF 30. For best results, apply 15 minutes before going outdoors, and reapply often (every two hours is a good guideline, but sweating and contact with water requires campers to reapply more often). Look for a sunscreen that says broad spectrum—this will protect campers’ skin from both UVB and UVA rays. Check out Kayak Guru's 6 Sun Protection Tips for Outdoor Sports for more ways to safely enjoy the sun.
- Avoid contact with poisonous plants: Please be careful to avoid contact with plants like poison oak and poison ivy. Plants like these will cause skin to rash and can easily spread. If contact occurs, wash skin with cool water. If a rash occurs, calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream (1%) may soothe discomfort. Plan ahead, and pack a rash-calming cream just in case.
- Keep an eye out for snakes: It’s also best to stay on designated trails to avoid surprising snakes. Most snakes don’t attack humans unless they feel threatened or scared. For that reason, stay on the paths and watch for movement to avoid frightening any reptile. Many hikers opt to carry a walking stick to alert animals that they are coming or to move aside brush.
- Watch the weather: Jellystone Park has many great indoor camping facilities to reserve if campers are weary of uncertain weather forecasts. If campers are staying in tents and see lightning, they should immediately seek shelter. Avoid staying in the tents for cover since many tents have conductive poles. It’s best to find an indoor shelter and keep an eye on the current weather conditions.
Now that we have shared our continued focus on camping fun and safety, here are the upcoming weekend events at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park: April 1 - 3: Cindy Bear™ Spring Fling Block Party Weekend. 40% off sites and cabins (Bring your own music!) April 8 - 10: Strawberry Festival Weekend. (Southern Boyz Band on Saturday night) April 15 - 17: Spring Swamp Pop Music Fest (Bands on Saturday from noon-10 p.m.) April 22 - 24: Pajama Party Weekend (Ruff N Ready Band on Saturday night) April 29 - May 1: Yogi’s Horseshoe Invitational Tourney (D.J. on Saturday night) Keeping campers safe is important to Yogi and the staff at Yogi’s Jellystone Park. How do you stay safe while camping? Let us know on our Facebook page!