More and more seniors are looking to travel with economical ways to do just that. After all, these are the golden years and what better way to travel than trying your hand at camping. Here are five tips to get you started in camping.
First, research campgrounds of areas that you may want to visit. To do that, here are a couple of websites that may help you decide on where to go on your next adventure. One site I would suggest is the National Park Service, and the other site is Reserve America. Each site is unique in giving information about camping by state, campsite maps, locate by activity and camping gear suggestions.
Secondly, you ask yourself what I would camp in. Of course, owning an RV would be nice and a more comfortable way to travel. That is something you can think about later if you plan on doing a lot of camping in the future. Even so, there is nothing wrong to begin your camping experiences in a decent tent at a more affordable price.
Tents come in all sizes and shapes; try to find the right one that will meet your needs. You can find them online, or better yet would be to see them in person at a sporting goods store that sells tents. Therefore, you would get a better perspective of the size that you would need. Another thought is you do not have to sleep on the ground if you have an aero bed and a big enough tent it will fit nicely.
Thirdly, the next area of concern is camping equipment. Everything from a camp stove, sleeping bag, cookware, and coolers. Believe it or not, you may already have a lot of these items available to you. However, one of the most important items would be a camp stove to cook on. Car camping stoves work very efficiently to cook up sumptuous meals just like at home. You can even use the pots and pans you have at home to begin your camp kitchen supplies.
Next, think about planning your meals ahead of time. Preparing them at home not only will save time but money as well. Look in your cupboards and refrigerator for smaller items such as coffee, graham crackers, mustard, ketchup, mayo, and seasonings. Granted, look for items missed from your checklist on the road but try local vendors for fresh fruits and vegetables and discount stores instead. Why not ask about senior discounts as well. Also, purchase blocked ice for the cooler it will last longer.
Lastly, look into a National Park Pass for seniors. They cost you $10.00, which will give you some fabulous price breaks in camping and other amenities. If you are 62 years of age or older and proof of age, you may buy these passes at any national park. Check out this website for more information on this pass http://store.usgs.gov/pass/index.html. Happy travels!