Elderly man walking with little girl at campground

Tips to Help Seniors Enjoy a Great Camping Experience


Elderly man walking with little girl at campsite

Tips to Help Seniors Enjoy a Great Camping Experience

Camping is something that anyone at any age can enjoy. But, just like the extra things you need to think about when you go camping with children, there are things you have to think about and plan for when camping with seniors. 

When we can near my hometown, my 83-year-old dad loves to come and visit our campsite. During his visits, we try to plan our activities around him his likes, and what he is able to do. like fishing. As long we can get him near the lakeshore, he is going to put his line in the water and we all will have a great day of relaxation, good conversation, and fishing. 

We also understand that he doesn't want to spend the night. So, we don't force it. He stays as long as he likes with happy memories of a wonderful day. 

Camping with seniors requires extra care and preparation to ensure their safety and comfort. Here are some tips to help make the experience enjoyable for everyone:

    1. Choose a campsite with easy access to facilities such as restrooms, showers, and water sources.
    2. Bring comfortable and sturdy camping gear that is easy for seniors to use, such as chairs with high backs and armrests, and sleeping pads for extra cushioning.
    3. Plan activities that are suitable for seniors, such as short hikes, bird watching, and fishing.
    4. Make sure to bring any necessary medications and medical equipment, and have a plan in place for emergencies.
    5. Consider bringing extra blankets and warm clothing, as seniors may be more susceptible to cold temperatures.
    6. Finally, be patient and understanding with seniors, and allow them to set the pace for the trip. With some extra planning and care, camping with seniors can be a fun and rewarding experience for everyone involved.
- Leslie 
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