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I'm a glass-half-full type of girl. I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, grave's disease and celiac disease in 2010 and life-altering allergies in 2013. I believe having a positive attitude is the only way to live with dis-ease. I also believe that life doesn't have to be PERFECT for it to be WONDERFUL. Dis-ease is expensive, so I live a frugal yet healthy lifestyle. This is just my blog; my day-to-day story.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Can a person with diabetes & celiac go camping?

Lately, I have been feeling the desire to try to go camping for the first time in my adult life. Maybe it's because the spring weather is finally here and I have an urge to get outside. But I have real fears of going camping because 1, I am a type 1 diabetic and two, because I have celiac disease which means I would need to find my own, safe food to eat as well as safe cooking areas to cook it on. I wonder if it's truly not not in the cards for me to be able to go.

I am going to need some help with this, since I am beginning from square one. So this post is largely to ask for help and tips for a brand new camper. I was reading TheDiabeticCamper.blogspot.com's site and he has inspired me greatly through his writings. He has a way of making it look both fun and appealing. So, where to begin.. what do I need? Where do I go? Where is it safe (free of animals large enough to eat me)? What cooking supplies do I need? Camping gear? How do I pack diabetes supplies like insulin and keep them cold?

So, I'll start there and see if anyone has any tips. I'm also going to continue reading his blog and take notes!!!!


  1. Wahoo! yes you can. It just takes a lot of extra work. I love to camp. I have celiabetes (Just made that up!) However I am more of an irresponsible one, I don't have separate cooking stuffs. But you can do it. So many camping meals can be made with GF substitutes. Personal camp stoves are small and relatively inexpensive. It kind of really depends on what kind of camping you want to do. Put everything in a backpack? have your car at a campground?
    You've tapped into a good resource with Dave (and myself I'd like to think!)

    1. I am so glad to know you. I will definitely be hitting you up for tips and ideas as I plan my first camping trip!! Love the *celiabetes*, ha, describes us so well!!

  2. Nikki, take your time and start slow. I tell people if you are worried about food then practice at home in your backyard or a park. Or take a hike in town with a small day pack with a lunch in it and test a few options you might like. These practice times are great because you don't want to have issues on the trail or out in the wilderness. And you are really in a time where almost everything is made glutten free. Practicing also builds confidence.