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Island Camping Dos and Don'ts

Winter and into spring, when it’s not too hot, is the best season.

 

Bring an array of sun protection. Think sunscreen, wide-brimmed hats that tie or tighten below the chin, umbrellas, rash guards and long pants. Try not to expose much skin.   

Invest in dry bags in case your boat tips. Bring enough water for at least a gallon per day. Stow food and water inside the tent to avoid attracting critters at night.

Download Google maps on your phone beforehand, and then put your phone on airplane mode to save battery. Many spots have little to no cell reception.

Tell someone where you’ll be and when.

Do your homework. Consult maps. Check overnight parking policies. For camping within Everglades National Park, a backcountry permit is required and available at the visitor centers. Check the national park website for rules and fees, which vary depending on the season. The National Park recommends: For sites where only one or two campers are allowed, campers should arrive at the ranger station a day in advance to secure permits on busy weekends. If you seek a permit for the day you arrive, plan to be flexible and have alternative sites in mind. They offer help planning trips on their website or at the visitors centers by calling 239-695-3311 or 239-695-2945.

Leave no trace.

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