Create a DIY camping experience at home

by | Jun 22, 2023 | Home and Living, Travel and Leisure

Camping is one of the great Canadian pastimes. But not everyone is able navigate the often uneven, rocky terrain of our many provincial and national parks. That doesn’t mean you have to miss out. Instead, create a “campsite” you can make fun memories in that’s accessible in your own backyard.

Pitch a tent
Set up a tent in your backyard or if you don’t own a tent, ask a neighbour if you can borrow one.

If possible, pick a tent with tall, wide doors so no one has to crawl or stoop to get in or out. Consider a raised cot or supportive, tall air mattress for sleeping so you aren’t resting your body on the hard ground.

Create the right environment
Set up some camping or patio chairs in a wide-open and accessible arrangement to enjoy socializing with family and friends.

Surround your campsite with solar lights or battery tealights in tin cans with homemade designs poked into them.

Play some age-appropriate activities like Simon Says, ladder golf, or read cards from your favourite trivia game.

Look up
Once night falls, turn off all the exterior lights, lay back on your sleeping bags and gaze up at the sky. Most of us can easily pick out the Big Dipper. Use that as a way finder to spot other constellations. There are apps that can help you navigate the nighttime sky.

If you, or someone you know, has mobility issues that are preventing you from enjoying all the experiences you’d like to, an occupational therapist (OT) can help you figure out alternative options that will allow you to live your life to the fullest.

Learn more about this supportive role and confirm if the one you’re considering working with is registered through the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario at coto.org/ot

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