(State) As you may have expected, the cool spring slowed the start to the camping season. Brian Hayes, with the Iowa DNR, says that will turn around in a hurry as the weather warms up and especially with Memorial Day Weekend now just one week away,
"Very low activity so far this spring, so I am guessing that everybody is anxious to get out. Maybe putting a little more demand on those campsites this Memorial weekend just because of the little amount of activity we have had with campers at our parks."
Given that this weekend or next will likely be many peoples first time camping this season, Hayes provides these safety tips,
"It's a good idea to keep track of the weather and have a plan for if there is severe weather. It's always a good idea to plan to arrive as early in the day as possible to set up at the campsite."
Other suggestions include having all of your meals planned out ahead of time. Of course don’t leave out bug spray, sun screen, or a first aid kit.