Camping gets your family out into nature for some great bonding. Keep the camping trip a fun one by observing some basic safety tips.
Watch the Weather
Severe weather can occur with little notice during camping season. Before you head out, check the weather forecast to see if any severe weather is predicted. If it is, you might reconsider your family camping trip. If you still want to go, keep an eye on the storms if they begin developing. Get your family to a safe area if the weather looks like it could get bad. Some campgrounds have severe weather shelters but others may leave you exposed.
Plan out your camping packing list ahead of time so you don’t forget anything. You’ll need basic first aid supplies, insect repellent, sunscreen and light as basics for camping safely. You’ll also need the necessary tools for setting up your tent or camper, food and water. Because temperatures can drop significantly at night, make sure you have enough warm clothes and blankets.
Set Up Safely
Check out your campsite thoroughly before setting up. Look for hazards like protruding rocks or sharp objects, especially in the area where you want to set up your tent. You don’t want your child to step on something sharp while camping. You also don’t want your tent too close to the fire ring where it could potentially get hit with embers.
While camping, kids tend to wander and run around. Set appropriate boundaries based on the age of your child to keep her safe. For a preschooler, that is probably the campsite itself. You might allow older kids to go to certain areas of the campground or to a playground nearby. Decide where you feel comfortable allowing your child to go unattended.
Many campgrounds are built near a lake or river. While beautiful to look at, that body of water is a potential safety risk for your child. Let her know the water is off limits when she is without an adult. Keep your child within an arm’s reach if you go swimming in a designated beach area. Keep her close when she is on shore as well.
Most people have campfires while camping, but the heat and flames are a major risk for young kids. Remind your child to stay a safe distance from the fire. Have kids play in another area when the campfire is going. Always help your child if she cooks over the campfire so she doesn’t get too close or touch a hot utensil.