Camping Tips for Seniors

The final innings of your life is a great time to explore the outdoors and satisfy all the wanderlust you could never fulfill earlier. It’s a great time to go camping and enjoy the serenity that nature has to offer. However, thorough preparation and safety is important, even more so for senior citizens. Whether it’s camping with your family or a camping trip with your partner, preparing a comprehensive checklist of all the gear and extra supplies that you have to carry is essential. Let’s take a look at some camping tips for seniors that ensure you enjoy your camping trip to the fullest.

Camping tips for seniors

Choosing the Right Campsite

While planning your trip, the first thing to decide on is the location. Take into consideration any medical conditions that might prevent you from accessing a particularly difficult campsite. Look for camping trails that are flatter which do not contain steep terrain. Picking a campsite that is relatively close by from home can also ease things since it rules out the fatigue that comes with long drives. Compare all the available options and choose the campsite that fits all your parameters.

Better Be Safe Than Sorry

Make a checklist before packing your camping gear. Prepare a fully equipped camping first aid kit that contains all the required essentials including any medication prescribed that you need to take on a regular basis. Your first aid kit should contain anti-septic solution, anti-biotic ointments, gauze and cotton rolls, pain killers, scissors, insect repellent, safety pins, a tourniquet and bandages. In addition to this, make sure you carry a flash-light with fully charged batteries and ample drinking water. Keep a cell phone or a walkie talkie handy for emergency purposes.

National Park Pass

Being a senior citizen, you are entitled to certain perks which you should take full advantage of. For a very nominal fee (around $10), you can obtain a lifetime pass to a horde of recreational and camping sites in National Parks and Forest Reserves. These sites are maintained by the Federal Government and are well equipped with camping amenities and also provide for recreational activities like fishing and bird watching. Not only does the pass help you cut expenses, but also provides a range of options for future camping trips.

Food Planning

As a senior, you might be used to very regular food habits. You can stick to your usual diet timings by planning food supplies ahead of the trip. Preparing meals at home and carrying it is not only economical, but convenient too. Make sure you carry ample snacks like crackers, cookies and fruits so you don’t have to make stops along the way to the campsite. If you have any medical setbacks that prevent you from eating certain foods, carrying pre cooked meals that adhere to your diet is ideal.

                                    So put on your camping shoes and get ready to hit the road. Remember that preparation and homework before your trip can go a long way to ensure your camping trip goes smoothly. Keep in mind that it is better to be safe than sorry and keep an emergency contact handy on speed dial just in case. Most importantly, have fun and relax, and make full use of the gifts that nature has to offer.

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