Senior Camping

SMART TIPS FOR SENIOR CAMPING

Going camping with mature relatives? To help you prepare for the trip, here are five tips for senior camping you must consider.

LOOK FOR THE PERFECT CAMPSITE

Planning ahead and researching your campsite must be the top priority on your list of things to do. Look for a campground that doesn’t require any hiking to get to. It’s also a smart idea to choose one that allows you to park your car directly in the campground. It’s going to be hard on the elderly camper’s legs if they have to keep walking a great distance just to get to the car and back. Exercise is one thing, but fatigue is an entirely different matter.

Choosing a campground that offers electricity and water is also going to make things easier for everyone. You may have to cough up more money for it, but at least you’ll all have a pleasant experience.

OPT FOR AN AIR MATTRESS

Sleeping on the ground isn’t going to be a comfortable experience for any senior. They’re most likely going to wake up grumpy or with a bad back — or both. You wouldn’t want to put them through all that just for one night’s sleep.

An air mattress is the way to go when camping with a senior. It may come with the added work of having to pump air into it, but the good outweighs the bad here. It’s much higher off the ground, and you can even place a sleeping bag on top of it. They won’t have to keep bending over really low just to lie down, thus avoiding any hip or back pain.

INVEST IN A BIGGER TENT

If your grandfather is going to be sleeping on an air mattress, you’re going to require a bigger tent. Air mattresses typically won’t fit into a tent for two campers. Plus, it’ll be more comfortable for everyone if you had a tent with a lot of space inside. It’s hard enough trying to squeeze everyone in one small tent. Just think of how much more unbearable it’s going to be when it’s time to sleep. With a bigger tent, there won’t be any more cramped nights for you, my friend.

MAKE SURE YOU HAVE SEATS

While you’re setting up camp or cooking a nice meal over the campfire, you must see to it that your elderly friend has a chair to sit on. Portable chairs won’t cost you a lot, so you don’t have to skimp on them. Try to invest in a good camping chair that won’t hurt your back in the long run. This chair is definitely going to come in handy in the future, especially if you’re an avid camper.

You don’t need to buy the best camping gear money can afford; just follow these tips for senior camping and you’ll be good to go. All it takes is a little consideration and a lot of preparation to make camping with a senior an enjoyable experience. When it comes down to it, the most important thing is to have fun and bond with each other. After all, camping is really just another way to bring people together.

 


 

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Jake Taylor
jake.taylor@dinga.com.au

Jake is a global traveller who has recently called Australia his home again. If he's not travelling, he is writing about it and his experience.