National parks have been closed for over three months but thankfully, things are slowly but surely getting back to normal.
A few weeks ago, the Uganda Wildlife Authority opened the National Parks for domestic tourists to visit but put strict guidelines to follow.
This got me thinking do we actually know what to pack when going to the National Parks in this COVID-19 Pandemic?
Below are a few things you should park when going to the National Park;
One of the safety measures the Ministry of Health has advised is the use of sanitizers and proper hand washing.
If you are using a car, you should ensure that everyone who enters is sanitized first.
This is another item that should come in handy when you are traveling.
Everyone is advised to keep the facemask on at all time as long as they are in public and I would want to consider the cars, we use public.
The face mask would help the COVID-19 patients not to spread the virus to others.
For social distancing to be effectives in vehicles, that simply means that the number of occupants has to at least be halved.
This means that a two-seater has to be occupied by one person.
The same goes for the vans and small cars.
Carry your own Pens and Travel Journals
Since it’s a must to sign in when entering a National park, that means that one has to use a pen or pencil to do so.
It would be very wise of every single person to have a pen on them so they are sure to sign using their own pens. The same goes for journals and notebooks that you will probably need.
When we are out there in the wild, we like sharing cameras which means that more than one person will hold your camera.
This should not be done since you don’t know if your friend is contaminated or not.
Other things you should pack are the right clothes which might differ from the Park you are going to visit. For example, you may not pack the same clothes for Murchison Falls National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. You may need to pack light for Murchison falls and heavy for Bwindi.
Since you want to make sure you carry your own luggage a back pack and Rolling bag would work best.
Lastly, make sure the place you’re going to stay at follows the standard procedures put in place by the Uganda Tourism Board and Ministry of Health.