Baby boomer camping is no different than any of the other baby boomer issues. We have a tendency to look at what’s out there, think we can improve on it, make it more efficient, or make it ours. The Baby Boomer Generation, those born between 1946 and 1964, makes up more than 50% of the American population and guess what….now we are almost all considered seniors. And you know what? Since we have lived a good portion of our lives without all the wonderful gadgets, we still know how to live without them. If our cell phone battery runs down and we have no Google maps to help us find our way, we simply pull out the atlas or a state map and find our way the old fashioned way. Yes, we even know how to read a paper map. And if our Kindle goes down, we simply pull a “real book” off the shelf. We even know how to go for a walk or take a nap if our laptop goes on the blink. We also know how to slow down and enjoy simple things because we once had that lifestyle. In fact this is one of the biggest reasons why RV’s and RVing are so appealing to the baby boomer generation. The boomer approach to things has resulted in better cars, unique houses, better entertainment systems, sleeker more efficient boat designs, and gadgets, gadgets, gadgets.
What is Baby Boomer Camping?
The way that Baby boomers like to camp is no different. We have already come up with some incredible changes in tent design, trailer and motorhome layouts, and every kind of collapsible, nestable, stackable accessory you can imagine, and some that you haven’t imagined. We didn’t grow up with technology available everywhere, but we are not intimidated by it either. We can remember the time when there were no cell phones, digital watches, flat screen TV’s and monitors, personal computers or laptops, tablets or mini-tablets. We witnessed not only the first satellite to go into orbit, but also the first GPS system, as well as communication devices galore. In fact we helped to design and produce a lot of today’s technology toys.
More progressive campgrounds have recognized the different attitudes in retiring baby boomers and have accommodated them. WiFi, for example, is becoming much more common in campgrounds, and will probably continue to improve and refine over the next few years until something comes along that is better than WiFi to replace it. GPS coordinates are listed frequently on campground websites. Recently we came across a campground that has incorporated it’s own disc golf course along one of it’s hiking trails. Exercise rooms with weights, nautilus training devices, treadmills and elliptical machines are becoming more common, especially in the more expensive RV resort facilities.
One campground we recently stayed at even had a sign above the door that read: “Dedicated to the Baby Boomer Camping Lifestyle”. As more and more baby boomers retire and become part of the full time RV experience, we expect to see more and more of the baby boomer influence in all aspects of camping.