Family Camping Safety Tips

Camping is one of the best outdoor activities that can be enjoyed by the whole family. It can be an excellent time to bond with each other. Both kids and parents will surely have a good time, especially when there is an abundance of activities that can be enjoyed. Depending on the campsite that will be chosen, there are some that have playgrounds, lakes, bonfire areas, and other places where campers can be entertained. With these complete facilities, for sure, you will all have a memorable time outdoors.

While camping can indeed be a lot of fun, there are some things that should be given immediate concern, with one of the most important being the safety of the whole family. With this, keep on reading and we will provide you with recommendations on some of the most important things that can be done to be safe in the campsite.

Plan Where and When to Camp

This is one of the most important things that should be done. Generally speaking, this is where it all starts. You should do your research thoroughly and make sure to choose a campsite that is proven to be safe. Look for reviews and experiences of other campers, which will help you to assess the safety situation in a specific site.

It is important to make sure that you are camping in an area that is not infested by snakes or wild animals that can put you in danger. You should avoid areas that can be prone to landslides or falling rocks. Stay away from areas where there are oak or poison ivy. If there are trees, make sure that they are rigid enough, especially when camping in windy conditions. See to it that the location is not at high risk of fire as well.

Aside from just thinking of where to camp, you should also give careful thought on when you should do it. Do your research beforehand to be aware of what the weather will be like. If there is heavy rain or snow, postpone you plans for a later date. If you are confident that you will still be safe in spite of possible weather disturbances, you should at least be prepared to brave whatever situation will confront you and your family.

Stay Hydrated

When it comes to camping safety, it is important to pay attention to the health of your family. In this case, one of the problems that require your attention is dehydration. This is especially a high risk when you are camping during the summer months. The extreme heat of the sun can easily take its toll on the body of campers, especially for kids. Some of the most common

signs of dehydration

include eye aches, weariness, headaches, and dark urine. Once these signs start to be apparent, it is important to drink lots of water. At least 15 ounces of water should be consumed prior to starting a strenuous activity. If sweating is more frequent, drinking water should also be done more often. Do not forget to bring sufficient supply of water when camping. It is better to bring your own water to be assured that it is potable and that there will be no contamination.

Bring a First Aid Kit

There is perhaps nothing that can demonstrate preparedness in camping more than having a well-prepared first aid kit. This will include the things that will be needed to provide immediate response in emergency situations, such as when someone gets bitten by an insect or when a physical injury happens during an activity in the campsite. More than just having a complete first aid kit, it is also important to know how the items inside can be used properly. Keep in mind that first aid response is only temporary treatment. Once there is a chance, such as once you are already home, make sure to see a doctor.

Some of the essentials in your first aid kit would be those that will be used for wound and

burn care

. In this case, some of the items that you should have in your kit includes bandages, gauze pad, blister pad, antiseptic wipes, liquid bandages, rolled gauze, topical anesthetic, and cleansing pads, among others. You should also have general medications. Consider the health needs of everyone and what medicines they generally take. Some of the meds that should be present in your kit includes pain relievers, aspirin, antacids, antihistamines, and gastrointestinal meds. You should also pack allergy creams and first aid sprays. When it comes to first aid tools, on the other hand, you must bring scissors, tweezers, safety pins, duct tape, thermometer and flash light, among others.

Keep your Food Safe

When camping, there is no doubt that food is going to be essential. Some sites may have their own facilities to provide food to their campers. If you want a more authentic camping experience with the whole family, on the other hand, you should consider preparing your own food. There are pre-packaged foods or meals that you can prepare in advance. You can also consider grilling as a good way of being able to prepare your food.

One of the general rules of camping is to keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. There are innovative products that will allow you to keep the heat in your food, as well as the cold temperature. Make sure that it does not fall below the recommended temperature to avoid being a breeding ground of bacteria. Another thing that you should remember is to keep it clean, especially the containers. This is going to prolong the shelf life of the food that you have in the campsite. It will also be good to bring a food thermometer, especially if you plan to grill. With this, you can be assured that food is cooked properly before having it eaten.

Cook with Caution

If you and your family do not want the idea of eating prepared meals, it would be best to cook in the campsite. A portable stove or grill can help your make your own food as you camp. Nonetheless, there are also some safety precautions that should be taken into account, which is not only for your safety, but for the safety of other campers as well.

If you plan to build a campfire and use such for cooking, one of the first things that you should do is to check with the rules if this is allowed. In some instances, this is prohibited, especially if there is high risk of fire. When you use campfire or a portable grill to cook, make sure that flames will be extinguished properly so as not to trigger fire. Regardless of what is being used for cooking, make sure that it is attended to. This will make it easier to respond in case a fire initiates.

Be Prepared for the Weather

Is it going to be hot or cold? Will it be sunny or will there be rain? Generally speaking, when it is sunny, there are no significant safety threats, although you might be uncomfortable because of the scorching heat. When it is raining, on the other hand, you have to be more mindful as there are more risks that will confront you.

One of the most important things that should be done is the careful selection of the tent that will be pitched. Make sure that it is strong enough to withstand the wind and that water will not penetrate inside. Otherwise, your safety is going to be compromised. Avoid campsites with lots of trees and falling objects when you know that it is going to be rainy or windy.

Know that You are Not Alone

It is important to also keep in mind that the campsite is not reserved for your whole family. Meaning, there are other campers in the area as well. With this, never be too trusting with the people around the area, especially when it comes to your valuables. Do not leave your things unattended. Yes, it is good to feel comfortable with other people around, but this should never be an excuse for you to be forget about your stuff.

By knowing that there are other people around, you will be more mindful of the safety of your kids. For instance, if there are campers who are drinking alcoholic beverages, when they become drunk, they can be aggressive and this might be a reason for them to do something untoward to children or anyone around the campsite. Make sure to keep your children away from these people.

Bring Proper Clothing

This may seem common sense, but there are still many parents who fail to bring the right clothing, especially for their children. It is important to have something that is comfortable to be worn during the day, especially when it is hot. There should also be clothes for layering or those that are made from thick fabric to be able to provide insulation that is needed during the cold season. Pants and other long clothing will also be important to avoid insect bites.

Avoid Risk of Fire

In order to prevent the possibility of having fire, it all begins with the right selection of the campsite. Another thing that could help is to have a portable fire extinguisher, which will surely prove to be handy in emergency situations. You should also keep a record of the phone numbers of fire safety officers within the area to ask for their response as soon as a problem become apparent. When cooking, make sure to be always watchful. Candles and lighters should never be used when inside the tent.

Keep a Watchful Eye

This is especially true in case you are camping out with the little ones. Because kids can be playful, they can easily get out of your sight, especially if you are busy cooking or doing other tasks. It is important to closely supervise children and make sure that they will not go anywhere you won’t be able to see them. By keeping an eye on your kids, it will be easier for you to respond in the event that your assistance will be warranted.

Part of having a watchful eye would require the need to watch out for wildlife. Remember, you are in an unfamiliar territory, and hence, you have no idea about the animals that might be lurking around the campsite, especially if it is situated in an open forest. Make sure that foods are kept in proper containers as they can attract animals when they smell it. Do not also let children wander around the area without adult supervision.

Education is Key

If you are camping with kids, or with anyone from the family, it is important to make sure that they will be well-informed. It is good to furnish a copy of the site’s map if it is available. Familiarize them with the features of the campsite, as well as the safety risks that can confront them. Inform everyone on what can be done in case of an emergency situation. When kids are properly informed, parents can worry less and they can be confident that their children will be able to take care of their safety.

It is important to know and follow the rules, which might differ from one campsite to another. More often than not, the rules will be displayed all over the campsite. If there are areas that are off-limits, make sure to stay away from such. Follow regulations like the required sleeping time and policies with regards to cooking in the campsite.


In sum, if you want to have a memorable time in the campsite, making sure that the whole family will be looking forward for the next, it is important to keep in mind the safety tips that have been mentioned above. More than just being attentive all the time, it will also help if you can invest in the basic camping gears to make sure that you and your family will be well-protected.


My name is William, a family man with two kids and the passion for camping. I started Pandaneo with sharing memorable camping experiences back as a newbie camper, introducing my family to the love for the great outdoors. As time passed, we started traveling across states, trying to hit as many campsites we can!