Practicing Kid Safety While Camping
I’m sure you’ve heard your children hint about having a camping trip during the summer season! Camping is one of the best ways to spend time with your whole family. It’s a time to bond and socialize without technology disturbing your trip. Not only will you be able to have fun with your kids, but you will all learn a lot of things that doesn’t only include survival, but family values as well. Being a fun and learning experience, it is definitely a trip that must be done at least once in every family’s lifetime! That being said, a camping trip not only requires a lot of preparation and investment on quality equipment, but also to ensure protection and safety for your kids.
Safety and Camping
Camping can also have its downsides, with some risks and dangers that can be involved with children when outdoors, especially when things can get rowdy. You wouldn’t be able to know what your kids can get into, as they move around a lot. The possibility of getting into an accident or injury is a bit higher if not careful, so it’s best to know how to keep your kids safe while camping.
What Can Happen?
There are a number of injuries or risks that may happen when camping out with your children. Here are some things to watch out for:
- Your kids may end up getting lost in the camping site due to roaming around and not minding them
- When doing camping activities, they can get a bit too active and rowdy, hurting themselves or other people while doing so
- This can be far-fetched, but there may be a chance of your kids getting kidnapped by suspicious strangers around the campsite
- There are many danger hazards around the campsite that can injure your children. Falling debris from trees, branches or obstacles they can fall on, even holes they can fall into!
- There is a risk of them falling into the campfire or getting hurt by it if they are not fully aware of their surroundings
- They may end up breaking or destroying equipment if they aren’t careful, or if you aren’t watching them
- The campsite may be filled with many plants and fruits, but that doesn’t mean they are all edible! Curious children may end up eating or touching something they shouldn’t, poisoning their skin or insides.
- Campsites also have animals roaming about, which can harm or injure your children
- Extreme weather conditions such as winter or summer, can end up with yoru child suffering from sicknesses due to it being too cold, too humid, or too hot
- Kids may get sick from bug bites that can come from sleeping in an open tent
- If your kids aren’t dehydrated or fed enough but are always active, there’s a chance they can faint from dehydration or hunger
These are just some of the possibilities to watch out when camping with kids. There may be more which you should not rule out! Anything is bound to happen, and while all won’t be inevitable, they can happen and must be prevented in order for your family and children to have a good and fun camping experience to do again.
How to Keep Your Children Safe
While camping can be a scare, there are ways on how to prevent your kids from accident or injury while still keeping the whole camping trip fun and memorable. You won’t need to guard your kids like a dog on a leash, but it’s best not to set them too free, either! There’s got to be balance, and here are some ways to do that:
Prepare the proper equipment
This is not only a tip that goes for camping with family, but for every healthy camper as well. You must be able to have proper equipment that work well in order to have a safe and fun trip. This means packing ahead and making sure that everything is complete and ready for use. Here are the following basic necessities you should pack when camping with kids:
- A tent for shelter
- A map of the whole campsite
- Lotion for camping, such as insect repellents and sunscreen
- Compass or GPS on your phone (make sure there’s signal!)
- Whistle and flashlight for you and your kids for signal in case any of you get lost
- Proper clothes suitable for the expected (and unexpected!) weather conditions
- First aid kit
- Water and food
- Basic survival tools
There are a lot of things to consider when camping, and it isn’t only the date and who will be going! Here are the things to consider, especially when camping with kids:
- Location – Where you’ll be camping is important. Make sure that it is somewhere your kids are free to run around in with little to no obstacles or hard trails. Choose a location that is kid-friendly and easy to travel to, since the travel alone may be a bit of a bother for kids, especially if it’s a long one!
- Weather conditions – Like mentioned, extreme weather conditions may make your kid sick or unable to have a proper camping experience. Make sure that you check the weather beforehand and that it is perfect to kids to camp out in.
- Date – The date or season you will be camping out in will help show what weather to expect, and if your family is busy or available during that time.
- Ages of the kids – As long as your kids are above 5 years old, they are ready for a camping trip so long as you plan ahead. Pack and plan activities for camp suitable to their ages. You can’t hike a long trail with little kids behind you, nor should you be playing baby games for teens!
- What to bring – Similar to number 1, always pack the proper equipment that is safe and beneficial for kids. Keep a list of what you need to bring and make sure that when packing, it’s all complete and ready to use.
- Activities – The activities you plan during the camping trip should be both safe and fun! You can have a campfire so long as you set the rules and keep an eye on your kids. You can also play games as long as the campsite is free of any obstacles that can cause injuries. Search up for cool camping activities you can do with your kids.
Educate them with the proper etiquette of camping
Your kids will be learning a lot when camping, but it’s best to also teach them everything they need to know beforehand to avoid any injury or embarrassment. Teach them how to act when in the camping site, to stay well behaved, and what to expect when outdoors.
Teach them about the camp equipment and activities
Not only should they know how to act when in the campsite, but they should also know the basic survival skills and itinerary of your camping trip! Have them acquainted with what to expect when camping, the activities you’ll be doing so they won’t end up restless. That is why planning your activities and schedule is important, so they will know where to be and when to meet. Also, explore the campsite and grounds with them, acquainting them with landmarks and the whole area itself. That way, they won’t get lost.
Teaching them the basic camping equipment and how to set it up will not only be fun, but also a learning experience for them as well. Educate them on how to set the tent up, or let them help you safely build a campfire. They’ll feel like grownups learning the survival skills!
Set boundaries and rules
Camping is not only fun and games. There must be boundaries and rules set in order to ensure both a fun and safe experience. Before the trip, set the ground rules and let them know where they can go and where not to go, what to avoid and what they’re allowed to do. They’ll moan about the rules, but at least they will stay safe!
A tip when setting rules is to talk to them as if they are adults so they are more likely to listen to you and feel like they are not being babied.
Choose the proper campsite
Like mentioned, the proper location is very important when camping with kids to avoid them from any injuries or accidents along the way. Here are some tips on choosing a kid-friendly campsite:
- Make sure it isn’t filled with a lot of long and difficult trails
- Ground is flat and free from any sharp objects that they can stumble upon
- There are no falling branches or fruits from trees above your camping site
- The camping grounds assure that it is well guarded with little to no dangerous animals roaming around
- It’s best not to be camping near the beach, as the waves may be a danger
- Don’t camp near anthills or places where there are a lot of insects or creatures around
- Do not camp downhill
Know how to properly react to emergencies
Sometimes accidents will happen, and they can be inevitable. You can’t always expect your children to follow the rules when camping, after all. If an accident does happen, you must make sure that you’re well prepared and ready for anything.
- Make sure that your first aid kit is always packed and near you, ready for use.
- Do NOT panic. Your kid may be panicking himself, so it’s best not to show your worry to avoid them from hurting themselves more
- Educate yourself with the injuries that can happen during camping with kids and how to deal with them
- If ever it is serious, make sure that your phone is with you and is ready to call any emergency hotline that will go to your campsite to assist your kid. You should also know the nearest hospitals and medical centers where you can take them if ever help cannot arrive sooner.
- Never leave your kid unattended when injured. If you need to, have an adult present to stay with your kid while you get help
Purchase some safety gadgets for your kids
There are safety gadgets available for your kids to use while camping. While some can be a bit expensive, it definitely will be worth the investment to avoid any injury. Here are some recommended gadgets to purchase for your kids when camping:
- Portable high chair – This is great when camping with toddlers or babies to avoid them from being injured by the hard or sharp obstacles found on the ground
- StoneTether – This is a new type of gadget designed to help locate your kids wherever they are. If they end up getting lost or nowhere to be found, simply use your app to find where they are using the tracker you put in their pocket or top.
- AmbyGear – This is a watch that is kid-friendly, allowing them to text with no need for cell phone service (Just the app on your phone!), boundary alerts, and a built in GPS to let you know where your kid is.
Camping is one of the best experiences any kid would love to have, whether it be on the summer or winter. The most important thing is to keep them safe through planning ahead and teaching them how to behave and the proper rules before doing so, to avoid any injuries and to have a great time as much as possible. Now go ahead and plan that camping trip your child’s been talking about since forever!