During the summer season, camping can be a fun way to get away from all the hustle and bustle of everyday life. It can provide some much needed time in nature amongst the trees and creatures—time that our normal lives do not really afford us. If you are planning adventuring to the great outdoors this holiday week, try these tips for camping with your hearing technology.
- Know What to Expect
For any camping trip it is important to have a plan, but when it comes to hearing loss knowing what to expect is the key element. Do some research on what kind of campsite you are signing up for including amenities such as toilets, showers, water, etc. If you are able to choose your campsite, maybe look out for a site that is situated further away from other campers. Without a crowd of people surrounding your site you could avoid lots of noise and chatter that may make it more difficult to enjoy your time outside.
2. Prepare and Protect
Since camping involves being out in the elements, there are a few things to prepare for in order to protect your hearing devices. If water activities are on the agenda, be sure to bring a waterproof container to keep your hearing aids safe. A waterproof case is not only wise for rivers or lakes, but also for overnight condensation that can accumulate in your tent. Hiking and other nature oriented activities may put you in the middle of a lot of dust and debris—be sure to include some cleaning materials to keep your hearing aids in tip top shape. Be aware of extreme temperature changes, specifically the heat of the fire or intense direct sunlight. Also, if you are able to find a campsite with showers, be careful of condensation. The showers at campsites may not have great ventilation so either pack them up in your waterproof container or leave them in your tent for safe keeping when washing up.
3. Pack Wisely
Besides a waterproof container and some cleaning tools, what else is there to pack for your hearing technology? Set yourself up for success with plenty of hearing aid batteries and lots of lighting. If you rely partially on lip reading, it is important to have lamps, flashlights, and even headlamps to help guide you through the trip and through late night campfire conversations. It is always a better idea to overpack than to be left without something you desperately wish you had remembered to bring.
4. Set Yourself Up for Fun
Before you go, tell your friends or loved ones where you are going. Give them essential information so you can relax during your trip. On the ride to the campsite, position yourself in a good spot in the car for conversation. It will make it easier to hear and to be involved in what is being said. If you have a dog, do not be afraid to take him or her along for the ride! Having a dog around can ease your mind—they are particularly aware of the surrounding environment and can alert you to any wild animals or other dangers. Lastly, don’t be afraid to make new friends! If you are situated near another campsite, simply introduce yourself. It never hurts to make a connection while you are out in nature exploring and it can add another layer of fun to the adventure!