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By Laura Garcia, program specialist with Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP)


GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — It is finally starting to warm up in Germany, and the time has come to get outside and enjoy this lush, green scenery. Riding bicycles, hiking, walking or running — all of these physical activities are a great way to enjoy our environment and breathe some fresh air.


As COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted and updated throughout Bavaria, community members should still take precautions and stay safe. One part of staying safe is being aware of current COVID-19 restrictions and obeying German laws.  The other important part to staying safe outdoors is to follow some simple rules:

  • Before venturing outside, prepare appropriately for the weather. Summer temperatures can range from cool, to hot, to cold all in the same day, so plan ahead.
  • If you are venturing into the great outdoors, be aware of your surroundings and any safety issues that you may face. Use the buddy system — using face masks when applicable — and tell someone else where you are going and when you plan to return.
  • Ensure that you take a charged cell phone.
  • Ensure that you take water and some snacks for the trip.
  • Ensure that you are properly clothed and wearing good shoes — blisters hurt!
  • Ensure that you take bug repellant and sunscreen.
  • When you return, make sure to conduct a tick check. Check out this article on “Tips for surviving tick season.”
  • Looking for hiking ideas? Either join our community’s Get Into Nature hikes, hosted by the USAG Bavaria Environmental Division, or check out their recommendations here.


Germany is a beautiful place to enjoy, and it is finally the time of year to get outside comfortably. Just do it safely!


The 2021 Summer Sense Campaign runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Every week, ASAP expects to bring the segments of the campaign to the small screen with videos and fun facts broadcasted via AFN TV. Then return to this article for the discussed recipes, quizzes and more.