Older adults can enjoy camping like never before with modern gear that optimizes comfort.

The term "camping" covers a wide range of experiences nowadays. Older adults can choose to sleep in the back of their car, pitch a tent, haul a trailer with a pop-up tent, use an RV or go glamping for the ultimate in luxury.


Not everyone wants to rough it when they enter the great outdoors. If you have deep pockets and a taste for luxury, consider glamping. Yes, glamping is when you combine glamour and camping, and it can result in some incredibly posh accommodations whose only relationship with camping is that they're in the outdoors. Think beds in treehouses, heated cabins with fireplaces, swanky yurts and ecolodges.

Glamping is a movement that covers the world, offering an “authentic” experience without sacrificing any of the little luxuries you crave. These may include delivered gourmet meals, fur bedspreads or personal guides for your adventures. Check out some of the experiences offered at the official glamping site or explore individual experiences available at other sites.

There are many good reasons to get outside as we get older. Breaking up our routine, taking in the awe of a gorgeous sunrise or sunset, contemplating the stars while watching satellites orbit the earth … all are meaningful. Another great motivator is spending time with grandchildren. Kids love to be outdoors, and camping can be a special activity shared with grandparents that grandkids will never forget.

If you don't have an RV but would like to see if it's the life for you, try renting a vehicle. Search the options in your area, or go here and enter your location to find RVs for rent nearby. The site also has a guide for comparing RVs and an article about how much you can expect to spend. Traveling in an RV is a lot like bringing home with you, with room indoors for cooking, sleeping and hanging out.

However, some may still prefer to get back to basics with a real tent and sleeping bag. If you last went camping a few decades ago, you'd be shocked at how much easier “roughing it” is today. It's hard to find a tent that takes more than 15 minutes to assemble, and the slim aluminum poles and nylon fabric are a lot lighter than the old canvas monsters of our youth. Car camping is even easier, with your bed in the back of an SUV, hatchback or wagon.

However, age can bring some new considerations to camping gear that we didn't need to think about in our younger days. Luckily, there are ways to deal with a host of issues we may need to acknowledge as we get older. Following are some ideas on how to camp happily into our later decades:

National Parks Pass

You have a golden opportunity to fall in love with every corner of the United States. At age 62, you can buy an America the Beautiful senior pass for $80 that will let you and a carload of buddies (including grandchildren) into every national park for the rest of your life. There's just no better deal than that, with some parks now charging $30 for a single day's admission.

There are 58 national parks in America, every one of them worth visiting. In addition, the pass will grant entrance to fee areas run by the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, Fish and Wildlife Service, Forest Service, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

As icing on the cake, senior pass holders usually get half off the camping fee at national parks, which normally runs from $15 to $25. If you stay a week and the pass has covered the park entrance fee and saved about $70 in camping fees, it has paid for itself in one trip.

Check this travel site for more about the America the Beautiful Senior Pass.
Don't be afraid to get out of Dodge and into the country. City folks may have forgotten how bright the stars are, what the ground smells like after a good rain or how satisfying it can be to watch clouds pass by overhead. You may even come to appreciate the way that a lack of cell service can transfer your concentration to what's around you, and what you're doing in the moment. Feel the ground under your feet, smell the pine trees, watch shadows pass over the landscape. That's exactly what camping is for, no matter your age.



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