I love being outdoors, so I can’t imagine what it would be like to have a medical problem that would prevent me from being able to go hunting, camping or hiking. As a hunting guide in the Manitoba Wilderness, the outdoors is my life. I’m proud of that. I’m proud of being a successful hunter. It’s been an exciting adventure. I wouldn’t have wanted to miss this opportunity for anything.
For that reason, I like to help other people find the same joy in experiencing the outdoors that I have. I like to help them find all of the beauty that nature has to offer and give advice and tips on how to make that outing something that the whole family can be involved in, not just dad.
Camping is a great way to involve the whole family, but if mom has a Bladder Sling (full details), you might not think that camping is great idea any more. Not so. Take my cousin, for example. She hasn’t let a sling interfere with her love for the great outdoors at all. She still goes camping, hiking and fishing. She just has to do a little more preparation beforehand than others do. The preparation isn’t difficult, but it is extremely important.
Think About Your Weight Limit
Those who have had this type of operation shouldn’t lift anything over 10 to 15 pounds. It could cause the sling to sag or even break. You need to leave the heavier tasks for someone else in the family or group to take care of.
It’s not a big thing, but you do need to keep those pounds in mind when you are planning and packing your backpack. Someone else in your group or family will need to help you carry some of the heavier items.
Water, for example, weighs a little more than eight pounds a gallon. That’s almost your entire weight limit. For that reason, it would be best to pick a camping area you can get to easily with your truck or off-road vehicle, load in your water and heavier items, and then plan your daily activities such as hiking or fishing to fit within that weight limit. Ignoring that limit can be costly, especially if the sling needs to be repaired or replaced afterward.
Another thing to think about is bathroom facilities. Yeah, yeah, I know this is the great outdoors and all of that, but those with a Bladder Sling can’t hike around for hours without using the bathroom. That would put a lot of pressure on the sling. The last thing you want is for that sling to snap or break. Camping is supposed to be a pleasurable experience.
You don’t want to do something that is going to negatively affect your health. It isn’t worth it. That doesn’t mean you have to stick with full-service campgrounds. If you enjoy an old-fashioned no-service camping site, a portable toilet would work just as well. Just remember that preparation is the foundation for a successful outing and you’ll be fine.
Below video about how to prepare for camping: