Camping Safety Tips and Rules for Kids
Camping in modern days is popular among the campers, travelers. This activity is challenging and full of fun. Taking your kids out for camping not only means a break from the daily dull routine. It also allows learning to value life and nature from a young age, what even a traditional classroom can’t afford to teach.
So when a family goes outside for camping, who shows the most excitement or enthusiasm? The simple answer is the kids. They will keep on cherishing the experiences throughout their life.
But if you fail a little to take care of your kids, camping outside may bring along disasters. So along with fun and enjoyment, you should follow some camping safety and rules for kids. At the end of the day, greater prizes come with even greater precautions.
What is Camping?
Camping can be defined as an outdoor activity that may involve overnight stay, away from the comfort of the house. In general, campers go camping to those places which are far away from hustle and bustle of the city. Through camping, parents are bringing children close to nature which is in a way an escape from their daily monotonous schedules.
Safety Tips and Rules for Your Children
When you are going for camping outside it gives you, your family and kids an adrenaline rush, excitement. But if you are the guardian of your family, you should keep in mind that exposing children to the outdoor environment involves great risk measures. When you are helping them to explore the nature of the world with great enthusiasm, you have to teach them some safety measures, too.
So below we have mentioned a few safety tips and rules for your kid:
Stay Together With Parents
Kids have a basic tendency when they get out of the binderies of the four walls. They love to wander about new places with curiosity. So when you shouldn’t even stop from learning, you should also teach them the “rule of two”.
The “rule of two” says wherever your kid is going outside the camp, he/she should take anyone with him/her. It can be your parents or his/her buddy. Generally, the older kids think that they are way too smart to get lost but, incidents happen. Especially, when the restrooms, washrooms are located far away from your camp location, things get riskier for kids.
Therefore, teach your kids to reinforce the rule. So whenever they or their buddy will need help, they will support each other.
Set up Boundaries
Children are very easy learners; they can grasp anything very easily. So while you are setting up rules for your kids, take a look where you are going. If the geographical location is clear to you, then make maps for your kids. You can make this map very catchy for them, like- adding the “the big tree, “the picnic table, “fire sign”, etc.
When this measure can give them a sense of boundary, there is another thing you can do. You can make a fence outside your camp so that kids can understand where to go and where not to.
Stay Away From Poisonous Plants and Insects
When it comes to food, kids have no filter regarding that. To them, red, black, ripe berries or mushrooms look as same as the food at home.
So while camping, show them the photos of the plants, fruits that are poisonous in natures, specifically, the poisonous ivy, oak, and sumac. It will be better for your children to identify while they will be exploring the outdoors. Even if they came into close contact with those, tell them to wash their hands frequently. Because you can apply for medicine if an insect bite, but in case of these plants you can’t do much about this.
In the case of the poisonous insects, you can apply citronella-based ointment on kids’ skin. This will keep the insects away. But in many cases, this may fail and your children can attract any biting allergy from the insects (difficulty in breathing, hives, swelling, etc). Then you can use antihistamine before rushing to the nearest hospital.
Stay away From Water When Parents Aren’t Around
It may seem fun while playing in water or pool, but you as their parent must keep a few things in your mind. Make sure you will always remain present when they are approaching any stream or lake. Keep a playtime in the water for them.
Lastly, watch closely so that your little ones don’t go far away into the deep water. Incidents happen where they may drown. Finally, it is your responsibility to make your children less tempted to go alone there when no one is around.
Pack All Your Food
Give proper explanations to kids that berries, mushrooms, fruits that they see in the woods are not always for eating. And those are not similar to its counterpart in the grocery store. Overall, they can be poisonous.
So it is better to pack all the food before you are going for camping out. Before that, you can calculate your days outside. Chocolate, granola bars, trail mix, bread are easy to carry with, without bothering you. And they are nutritious enough to fuel up your children’s energy after an exhausting day.
No Food or Packages in Tent
When this rule is about keeping the tent in the first place, there is more to it. Kids may not find it peculiar to sneak around this one because they see no harm attached to it. But tell them that wild animals like bears and critters have a great sense of smell.
So the smell of food can draw them like a magnet. While using food in a tent can create the least problems like attracting ants and flies, it can invite bear attack as the worst cases.
Wear Proper Clothes and Wear Shoes
Children can get affected by minor changes in temperatures and weather and outside in a camp it is impossible to use thermostat. So the best way to cope up with this issue is to use proper clothes for this. Dress them in layers as a solution and if they will feel hot, they can easily peel off any layer.
Also keep raincoat, light jackets, umbrella in case it rains there. Bring hiking boots if you are planning to hike any rough terrain.
Adding to that you should bring proper shoes for the kids. Otherwise, if they roam around the wood barefoot they may get hurt by the rocks, poisonous plants or insects. Bring flip-flops even if they into the tent.
Drink Purified Water
After playing around and sweat-inducing activities, kids will feel exhausted and need to refill their energy. So remind your little ones to drink water frequently.
But this needs your proper attention to the water they are going to drink. Unclean water causes common camping diseases like stomachache, diarrhea, bloating. So it is advisable to carry bottled water if possible. Otherwise, bring iodine tablets as they get easily dissolved into water and kill bacteria, parasites and other contaminants.
No Use of Fire in Tent
Kids can naturally feel attracted to the fire. Unconscious action with fire can create a disaster at home itself. Think about the impact if that takes place in the wood where there will be doctor r medical service.
A little flame of fire can set your whole tent on fire. So tell your kids not to get drawn towards the fire. Keep things like matches, lanterns, and stoves out of their reach.
Stay Away From Wildlife
Make a point very clear that you won’t allow your kids to pet any wild animals. Wild animals, in general, feels threatened when someone approaches them. To defend themselves they can use their sharp teeth and claws, even if they may look harmless.
Apart from that, many wild animals carry germs of diseases. Like raccoons carry the rabies virus. So if your kids approach them to pet, it only brings nothing else but danger.
Few more important tips for your kids-
- Give them a whistle and flashlights that they can use when they are away and are feeling lost in the middle.
- Teach them the fire safety rules and tell to learn those.
- Tell them not to leave the marked trail.
- Let them learn that outside camping is a place for less horseplay and less running around.
- Also, teach them to learn camping cores. It will ultimately help them to be disciplined.
Have a Talk with Them
Kids are in general very quick learners. Their understanding capacity is way finer than we can think of. So teach them the safety tips enthusiastically and make those clear why these are valuable to keep in mind.
And also take your time out to explain why camping is meaningful and adding value to our learning. You will see a better understanding will make them follow the rules willingly.
And lastly, the precautions you are keeping in front of them, try to follow those yourself. Because parents are the role models to the children, they keenly follow you. So safety measures should be taken from both sides.