Going on a camping adventure is a trip that the whole family will certainly love. However, when going on a camping vacation with kids, you need to take extra precautions to make sure that the campsite is child-friendly. Here are 5 camping safety tips for kids to keep in mind.
Camping Safety Tips for Keeping Your Campsite Child-Friendly
Fire Safety For Children
One of the biggest safety concerns for kids on a camping trip is the blaze of the fire. It is important to talk to your kids about practicing fire safety. They need to understand to keep a safe distance and keep their hair tucked back. Kids also need to understand that they can not run near the fire pit as that can present a bad accident hazard.
Of course, you’ll also want to make sure that your campfire is put out completely at the end of the night as well. This will help prevent forest fires as well as accidental injuries to curious kids.
Another of the most important camping safety tips is to have a first aid kit on hand, just in case of any injuries. Make sure it has what you need to treat burns, bug bites, cuts, and scrapes.
Keeping The Campsite Comfortable For Kids
You might be able to hike for hours on end or sleep on a hard bed, but that doesn’t mean your children can. Go for shorter walks and bring along plenty of water and snacks so that no one dehydrates or feels faint from the heat.
Make sure that food at the campsite is stored safely way in coolers or in the car so as not to attract wild animals to the campsite. Dispose of trash immediately in the proper way sanctioned by your campground.
Kids may get cranky if they don’t sleep properly, so bring along an air mattress, sleeping bag, several blankets and several pillows for comfort. You may want to refer to this packing list for camping with kids.
Don’t forget a bug repellent as mosquitos and ticks are best to avoid when possible. And you are sure to enjoy your campsite more when not being attacked by insects!
Encourage Safe Curiosity about Nature
Chances are, your children are going to be curious about the different flora and fauna around them. Instead of continuously screaming at them not to touch plants or animals, bring along a book or purchase a field guide from the campsite that shows children what is safe and what is not safe. Allowing children to be an active part of the decision making process is a less intimidating way to keep them safe.
Give your kids camping safety tips. If there are any real dangers (poison oak, poisonous snakes, etc.) in the area, make sure you show them what these look like and talk about what to do if these are encountered.
Consider the Camping Weather
Even if it’s beautiful out during the day, the temperatures can get quite chilly at night. Your children will really feel it if you’re sleeping outside, so make sure you bring plenty of blankets and warm clothes for bedtime. On the other hand, children can easily dehydrate if it’s too hot out, so make sure that they have plenty of water and sunscreen.
If you absolutely must go camping with kids during some of the less moderate times of the year, consider sleeping in an RV or cabin to protect little ones from some of the elements.
Stay With A Buddy
Children should never be unattended. Make sure they understand that wondering off alone is not safe. They should always be with a parent or adult or teenager to help ensure safety. They need to understand that staying on the trail or in campsite areas important because it is easy to get disoriented and lost in the woods. You should also be aware of any streams and make sure that kids never go swimming alone.
Camping provides an opportunity for children to become closer to nature and to unplug from video games and other gadgets for awhile. However, they do not necessarily have the same stamina and knowledge that adults do. Therefore, make sure that the campsite is safe and talk to them about important camping safety tips and procedures.