Camping with the family can be something of an experience, and one that the children will never forget. There is nothing better for young children than to get as close to nature as possible. These days, most kids seldom see more than the concrete jungle they were born into, and that is sad. So if you are considering taking your kids on a camping trip, you will be doing them a great service, and opening up their eyes to the wilder world. However, you need to take camping seriously, and there are a number of family camping safety tips that should be taken on-board.
Packing For The Trip
- Always make sure that you have a decent torch, as well as spare batteries. It is also a good idea to pack a small pocket torch as a backup.
- Although you will be taking sleeping bags, always pack additional blankets. It may be hot during the day, but if it is a clear night, the temperature can rapidly drop.
- Regardless of what the weather forecast says, always pack for all weather eventualities.
- Take a first aid kit, and make sure it is well stocked. You need to make sure that it has all of the essentials you need to survive out in the wilderness, and that means more than just a plaster.
- Make sure you have sunscreen of at least SPF30 for the kids, as they are the ones which need protecting the most, and apply it as per the instructions.
- Always use brightly colored guide ropes rather than the ones supplied by default.
- Put up the tent in your garden so you know how it is done before you leave.
- Never pitch a tent under a tree in case of lightening. Also avoid areas by rivers and lakes.
- Stay away from public areas such as roads and paths.
- Make sure the surface is flat.
Safety Tips for Fires And Cooking
One of the most dangerous aspects of any camping trip is a fire. The majority of accidents on campgrounds usually involve a fire, so please follow the advice below.
- Make sure that you pack a battery packed carbon monoxide alarm. People die every year in tents due to not having one.
- Keep any lighting instruments such as matches and lighters away from children.
- If you have an open fire, supervise the children all of the time.
- Once you are going to bed, ensure that the fire is completely out.
- Pack a water fire extinguisher, they are not expensive and can save lives.
- Make sure that your tent is not near anyone else’s.
- Do not park the car next to the tent.
- If you are using a cooking stove, change the gas canister away from the tent, not in it.
- Use the stove before you leave so that you know how it works.
- Never cook inside a tent. If it is raining, then you should have an awning on the tent.
- Never use things such as oil lamps for lighting.
The best piece of advice though when it comes to camping is to just relax and enjoy yourself.
More Tips for Camping with Kids
- Tips for Camping with Small Children
- Camping Etiquette 101
- How to Keep Warm and Dry When You’re In the Woods Overnight
Michael has been working in safety supplies and emergency kits industry for more than five years. As a product manager for EDisasterSystems, he knows his merchandise and all the requirements from OSHA. He likes to write and share his ideas about the importance of safety and emergency prevention.