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Disabled Camping Solutions

Being disabled doesn’t have to prevent you from camping, you just have to modify things.  There are disabled camping solutions.
Do you or someone you know have a disability that can affect your camping experience? I had a major accident that shattered my arm and even after 4 years there are several things I can’t do.  Lifing the hitch off my truck, or adding the sway bars is too difficult. But a disability doesn’t  have to stop someone from enjoying the RVing or camping experience? Here are a few things that I did to overcome my limitations both tent camping and RVing.

Instant Tents for the Disabled

 

Instant Tent Disabled Camping Solution

Many people enjoy tent camping, including myself. However, if you can’t use your arm, or have other limitations putting a regular tent up can be a daunting task. I found the instant tents to be a good solution. I bought the 6 man instant tent, and sure enough with one hand was able to put it up in under 10 minutes by myself. 

Another thing about camping disabled is sleeping on the ground, in a sleeping bag and not being able to get up.  Physical limitations can prevent you from being able to get up, however one solution I found to work is a wide cot. I got mine at Costco, and it was also very easy to set-up and take down. 

Instant Tent and Cot for Disabled Campers

 

My instant  tent had enough room for the cot, a small table to put a light on and easy to reach, and another small table for the corner so I didn’t have to bend down. The tent is tall enough that you can stand in it. This helps people with back problems avoid having to bend, stoop, or lift constantly. 

 

 

RVing for the Disabled

Many disabled people like RVing because they find camping less comfortable. Comfort is important to disabled people including those with mobility issues and arthritis. The benefits of being in an RV whether it’s a large Class A or a Small travel trailer can mean the difference of a good trip, or a miserable one.

Heat is one of the benefits. You can buy an electric blanket, or a mattress pad to keep you warm on those really cold nights. Some areas of the country, including British Columbia and the Yukon get very cold at night, even in the summer. If you suffer from arthritis you know that the cold is not your friend. Adding too many blankets actually can hurt some people as it’s too much weight, so the electric blanket is ideal.

Hot water. I think it goes without saying that warm, or hot water at our disposal is a huge benefit. Sure we can heat the water if we were tent camping, with one of these Coleman Solar Showers but how much easier if we can just turn on the faucet!

 

 

One thing I have learned in my full-time RVing while disabled is that I have had to rearrange my cupboards and storage space several times. One example of learning as you go.

My RV is only a 25 foot, with no slides, no kitchen counter space, and almost no cupboard space. There’s a cupboard above the stove where I put the coffee and spices. At first this was good, but after a month I realized I was tired of moving the spices out of the way of the coffee all the time. Plus I had to reach, stretch, to get to the back of this cupboard, so I moved it. The small cupboard directly below the sink had held the paper goods, baggies, and stuff like that. Consolidating these things and moving the paper plates that I only use while traveling, gave me room for the large coffee container and filters. An added bonus was there was also room for a large bottle of vitamins that was taking up room on the stove top. Now I just open the cupboard at arms length, and save all that stretching. So much more convenient!

I also put a small stand by the door. It has drawers, and I added a small 3 drawer plastic storage container. Here I keep a flashlight, bug spray (in the summer) and use the drawers for that small stuff we seem to always have. The 3 drawer organizer is perfect. One drawer has small things like a sewing kit, tape measure, extra batteries, etc. The second one is for bandaids, and other small health related things, while the 3rd one is for camera stuff. I find it very easy to have my charger and other items easily accessible and yet out of the way.

VA Hospital

 

The last tip is before you settle in a certain area for a while find out how close the Hospital is, or a VA Hospital if you are a veteran.

Depending on your disability you may not have to be very close to one, but it’s always good to know where to get help. Veterans will want a VA Hospital if for nothing else but to refill meds that might run out.  I had to use one in Maine because of a flareup and no meds, and one in Colorado because of an unknown bite that caused one side of my face to swell and turn bright red.  I was a few hours from both hospitals, but at least I knew where they were.

RVing or Camping disabled can be just as rewarding by making small modifications like the tent, or rearranging cupboards in an RV. As for the hitches, well someone else can put them on, or take them off for you. If the doctor says you are fit to travel, then you can enjoy RVing or camping.

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