Camping with MS

Discussion in 'Camping for the Medically/Physically Challenged' started by nuthouseinva, May 4, 2009.

  1. nuthouseinva

    nuthouseinva Portsmouth, Virginia

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    Anyone have any suggestions for camping with MS? A long time friend of ours that camps with us every year is starting to have a hard time getting around and the heat really gets to her.
    It's really sad to see her having a difficult time but we'd like to do whatever we can to making camping enjoyable for her. They have a scooter chair she uses around their neighbor sometimes so I hope they bring that for her too.

    Any advice/suggestions are much appreciated.
     
  2. jim1999

    jim1999 New Member

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    http://www.nationalmssociety.org/living-with-multiple-sclerosis/healthy-living/travel-and-recreation/index.aspx

    That may provide you with some tips and ideas. Lots of other good info on that site as well.
     
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    My husband has had MS for more than 10 years now. We've been camping in a tent but have no moved to a tent trailer. He finds it easier to get in and out of. He walks with a cane when we're in the campgrounds and yes he finds it tough. We look for campsites that are located a short distance from the washroom. We make sure that all washrooms nearby have flush toilets and are easily accessible. We also look for campgrounds where parking is only a short and easy walk to the beach. We usually have a canoe with us so we also look for campgrounds that are close to a place where we can park the car close to the boat launch. Our trailer has a "create a breeze" fan that works really well when it's very hot, but we always look for a site that has some shade throughout the day.

    Hope that helps. MS is a miserable disease but sufferers do find ways to enjoy life.
     
  4. Mosbyranger

    Mosbyranger Onward, thru the fog...

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    Mrs Mosbyranger has MS. She does get tired after a day full of activity, so we look for a very flat campsite, makes getting around easier. Shade is also paramount, too much heat really saps her. As others have pointed out, close to toilets, water and other campground amenities is good. Get a comfortable chair for resting and enjoy it. We try to get the food prepared so that campground cooking and clean up is as easy as possible. Keeping meds cool is another issue we solved with a 12 volt cooler plugged into the power outlet on the truck. Take it easy and remember that the spirit may be willing but sometimes the MS has to be allowed for. Good Luck!
    MR
     
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    I was DX with MS in 2001. One of the things I learned about this stupid disease is that if you are having problems with heat, get a coolling product. You can find a list of some of thes products at:
    http://www.nationalmssociety.org/search-results/index.aspx?pageindex=0&pagesize=20&keywords=cooling

    They do help and might make for a more enjoyable experience. Most of them only use water as the cooling medium...
     

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