Camping Considerations for Older Adults

Use this list of handy tips to make camping for older adults as easy and safe as possible.

  • Special considerations may be needed for older adults who are planning on going camping.
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  • “A Woman’s Guide to the Wild” by Ruby McConnell helps lead women confidentially into their camping adventures.
    Photo courtesy of Sasquatch Books

A Woman’s Guide to the Wild (Sasquatch Books, 2016) by Ruby McConnell covers everything a woman needs to know before heading off into the wild. From handling “lady matters” to a full gear list, McConnell make sure no woman walks into the woods without having everything she needs. The following excerpt is her advice for older adulating planning on going camping.

Older adults may need special consideration or extra help as they might overheat and fatigue more easily, or have mobility challenges. They may also totally burn past you on a brutal climb like you’re standing still. I’ve seen it happen. However, things do change as we age, and while arthritis and other age-related changes to our bodies might slow us down, they don’t have to stop us.

Some Tips for Older Adults

• Consider taking a preemptive anti-inflammatory, especially in steep terrain.

• Warm up with some gentle yoga or pack-free walking before starting out.

• Use well-maintained trails and be careful of your footing.

• Rest often and take advantage of shade.

4/9/2018 11:36:47 AM

I agree with Karivan, plus we bought a nice slide-in camper for our pick-up and don't wake up tired and sore from sleeping on the ground. Since we can't really carry in a pack to camp why sleep on the ground? Older and a little wiser.

4/9/2018 8:48:08 AM

I like the article but this is a hiking lesson for older adults. What about sleeping on the ground comfortably, or how older women can pee in the middle of the night without walking to an outhouse? Those are things that older people really think about.

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