Enjoy Safe Camping For Everyone In The Family
Camping is a great outdoor activity for families. The adults get a change of pace from their daily routine. The children get to share in an “adventure”. Everyone will enjoy their experience with nature. But just like any other family travel, you must make some preparation to insure that your family will experience a safe camping trip.
Here are 10 tips to help you have a safe and fun camping trip.
- Make sure someone else knows your travel plans. Tell them where you are going and when you will return home.
- Take time to prepare for your trip. Be sure to pack appropriate clothing for everyone. It’s best to layer your clothing. A cotton tee plus a sweatshirt and a windbreaker is better than a heavy, clunky jacket. The layered option lets you adjust your clothing through the day as the temperature changes from morning to night.
- Learn some basic first aid. What do you do for a sprain? How do you immobilize a broken bone? What can you do for an allergic reaction to the food or environment? Bring along a first aid kit. You can buy one in the drugstore or you can make your own. Include antiseptic ointment, band aids, fever reducer, anti allergy medicine, tweezers, an elastic bandage, moleskin for blisters and a triangular bandage.
- Set up some camping rules. Set boundaries for the kids to roam. Be very explicit so there is no misunderstanding. Their limits will depend on their age. Institute the buddy system if you can. Familiarize them with the layout of the campground. Give each child a whistle to blow if they are lost or unsure how to get back to the campsite.
- Emphasize fire safety to your children. Establish a safe perimeter around the campfire. Never leave your campfire unattended. Be sure to put it out with water or dirt when you go to sleep or when you leave the campsite. It’s a good idea to do your cooking on a portable Coleman grill and save the campfire for night time fun.
- Be sure to put your food back in your car when you are through eating. Critters, big and small, are attracted to the smell of food. They will also investigate sweet smells like toothpaste or deodorant. Do not keep food items in your tent at night, especially snacks or candy bars. You don’t want any night time visitors.
- Make sure each camper has their own flashlight. This is indispensable at night when someone has to go to the bathroom, or even just for walking around the campsite. You may have a large family tent like the Coleman 3 room tent, or several smaller ones. If you have multiple tents, place them so the entrances are facing each other. It’s easier to keep track of everybody this way.
- Hiking is a great camping activity, however make sure you know the strengths of your group. You should set the pace at that of the slowest hiker. If you are hiking with children, take plenty of rest stops. Make sure they drink plenty of water.
- Teach children some basic rules about wildlife. If they see a wild animal, stop. Animals are unpredictable. They may run away, but if a mama is protecting her baby, she may try to scare you away. Use a good binoculars, like the Nikon Monarch 7294 model, to observe wildlife without having to get too close.
- Buy a nature guide and learn about the different types of plants in your area. Teach your children which ones are poisonous. “Leaves of three; let them be”. Caution them not to eat any wild berries they find along the trail. Some common plants are poisonous. Do not let them drink from streams. They look crystal clear, but they may contain powerful bacteria that will play havoc with their intestinal tract.
Now that you have learned 10 ways to ensure that you and your children have a safe camping trip, you can set off with peace of mind. Have a happy and safe camping trip!