Planning A Camping Trip For People With Limited Mobility

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Whitney Bailey
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Simply Emma
Curated by
Whitney Bailey

Warren Kuhn is an outdoor and camping enthusiast. He wrote a guest post on Emma Muldoon’s travel blog Simply Emma. Warren shares tips on how to plan camping trips for people with limited mobility.

Picture of inside tent with outdoor view of water and fishing poles.

“Limited mobility doesn’t have to mean that you can’t do fun stuff like camping. It will not be as easy, but it’s only a matter of getting the right stuff to make it easier.”

Choose Campsite Wisely

Warren’s first tip is to choose where you camp wisely. Do your research when choosing a campsite to make sure it will fit your accessibility needs.

Warren suggests asking some of the following questions:

  • How’s the bathroom facilities? Is there room for two people in case you need assistance? Is there a bath for those who can’t stand up in the shower?
  • What’s the structure of the ground? Is it asphalt, dirt, grass, etc.?
  • Are there are handrails on the hiking trails or staircases?
  • What are facilities nearby? Are there restaurants, pools, etc.?
  • How’s the access road to the lake, pool or other sites?

His list of questions continues on his original post.

Pick Camping Equipment To Fit Your Needs

Warren states that you can find many adaptive camping equipment and RVs on various websites and stores.

“You can now find tents with storage for wheelchairs, sleeping compartments, and rear-entry windows or doors, etc.,” he says. If you do not need a wheelchair accessible tent, Warren still recommends finding a tent that can suit every weather condition.

Some considerations for camping equipment Warren suggests are:

  • Sleeping on a cot or collapsible bed to make transfers easier.
  • Some campgrounds may offer raised tent bed which can also make transfers easier.
  • Having a wheelchair that is suitable for off roads/dirt roads.

Make A List Of Necessities

“Listing what to bring makes packing easier and prevents you from forgetting crucial items,” says Warren.

He gives the following few examples of what may be considered necessities:

  • Food and water. (Prepare food at home to make it easier.)
  • Warm clothing for the night time.
  • Headlight, flashlight, and lantern.
  • Hygiene Kit

To see some more examples check out Warren’s original post.

“Fortunately, many national parks and campsites are becoming more and more friendly for all sorts of travellers because they know that everyone should be able to enjoy the beauty of and being with nature,” says Warren. Planning out your trip and having the right equipment can make your camping experience that much more enjoyable!

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