Camping is a popular family activity, but spending long periods of time in nature also presents safety concerns for kids. Kids’ camping safety issues include falls, burns on the campfire, poison ivy, sun exposure and cuts or scrapes. Preparing for the trip and teaching your child basic camping safety helps prevent injuries or tragic accidents once you arrive at the campground.
Bring a First Aid Kit
A first aid kit is an essential item on your packing list. Common injuries for kids that require minor first aid treatment include poison ivy contact, scraped knees, bug bites and sunburns. Prepare with supplies to treat these injuries, such as antiseptic wipes, bandages, first aid ointment and cortisone cream. Pack a first aid guide as a references for other injuries at the campground. Kids should learn basic first aid skills as well. Practice first aid before you leave on the trip.
Monitor the Weather
The natural location of camping means you are more susceptible to inclement weather. Check the weather report before leaving on the trip to determine if there is a potential threat. A battery-operated weather radio alerts you to impending weather conditions while camping. Keep your cell phone fully charged in case weather conditions change suddenly and you need assistance.
Establish Campfire Safety Rules for Kids
Campfires are a staple on camping trips. Kids enjoy roasting marshmallows and hot dogs over the open flames. The campfires also present a serious burn risk for kids. Establish rules of conduct near the campfire, including a set distance the kids must stand from the fire. Teach kids not to run or play near the fire. Other fire safety rules include keeping water nearby, always watching the fire, keeping it in a designated fire ring and putting out the fire before leaving.
Pack Emergency Supplies
Emergency supplies keep your family safe while camping. A flashlight or battery-operated lantern, along with extra batteries, provides safety for night time. Packing a compass and map as a safety precaution is another useful option. Teach your child how to use the compass before leaving on the trip.