All Ages Gear Up for Camping

Unless one is fortunate enough to have a second home or cottage within driving distance, the options this year for a summer holiday are limited.  As a result, camping has seen a jump in popularity as an affordable and safe way to unplug and take a much-needed break from the routines of daily life.  Many older adults are rediscovering their love of nature and breaking out the hiking boots and tent or perhaps investing in some new equipment to make the camping experience a little more comfortable. 

According to a recent Prince William Times report,  outdoor camping in a well-maintained and properly distanced campground is a relatively safe way to enjoy a summer vacation.  Whether you are setting up a luxurious RV or pitching a simple tent, camping provides an opportunity to get back into nature, sit out under the stars, and grill over an open fire.  If grandchildren are already in your social bubble, it’s an experience they won’t forget, even if it’s only in your backyard.  

Campgrounds near water often have kayaks, paddleboards, or canoes for rent.   Check out local trails for mountain biking or hiking and area attractions for day trips.  Before booking a campsite, it’s important to get the latest updates on COVID-19 and plan ahead; some facilities and services such as park stores, playgrounds, laundry facilities or showers may not be available this season.  

Without going crazy buying equipment, older adults may want to carefully consider comfort, especially if arthritis is an issue.  A tall tent that allows a person to stand up fully inside, along with a thick sleeping pad and extra space is helpful for older campers.  Or try glamping; luxury camping that combines the comfort of a well-appointed shelter with the experience of exploring and connecting with natural surroundings. 

With so many economic, political, and health-related concerns causing daily stress, spending time in nature is more important than ever to reduce anxiety, strengthen the immune system, lower blood pressure and improve overall well-being.  What are your outdoor plans this weekend?