If there’s anyone who appreciates the beauty of the outdoors, it’s the seniors because they grew up playing outside. They would certainly love an outdoor trip, but how we camp now might be a bit different from what they remember or what they’re used to.
A few changes would be necessary to ensure their comfort and convenience while camping. Follow these useful tips for camping with seniors:
Plan in advance
People in their 20s, 30s or 40s can go on a camping trip on a whim, which isn’t exactly the case for older people. For an outdoor trip to be successful for seniors, careful planning is a must.
One of the most important things to consider is going to the right campground – preferably a family-friendly one with decent facilities and have nearby towns or hospitals in case of an emergency. The time of year and weather is also important. Packing the right gear and the essentials (like medicine) also takes time.
So allot time to carefully plan the trip and make sure that you cover all areas.
Pack the right things
Even if you’ve checked the weather forecast for your trip, be sure that grandma or grandpa brings clothing for both cooler or warmer weather. It’s ideal to help them pack to avoid forgetting anything important.
Double check the essentials like medicine, special creams and lotions, their snacks and water as well as a source of entertainment like a book or a crochet kit (for down hours at the campsite). It’s also ideal to keep the number of their doctor with you to contact in case of an emergency.
Get them off the ground
Older people are more prone to allergies and other common illnesses because they’re not as good at handling the heat or the cold like us. Weather outdoors can change drastically that’s why seniors should be equipped with the right gear and clothing no matter what weather it is.
If you’re camping in cooler weather, it’s especially important that they get off the ground. They should have a comfortable chair to always sit on and a warm, comfortable cot to sleep on (that should be elevated away from the cold ground).
This way, they’ll wake up feeling warm and toasty without body aches and pains!
No one will enjoy and appreciate being out in nature more than the older generation, so follow these useful tips for camping with seniors to make sure they have a comfortable trip!