Camping Safety Procedures for Kids

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Camping is a fun, kid-friendly activity that all of the family can enjoy. Not only that, but it is a great way to get some exercise! Camping can involve hiking in the woods which is a peaceful way to move your body and enjoy the great outdoors. If you are considering going camping with your family, it is important that you know camping safety procedures for kids. Knowing these rules will ensure the safety of your children so you can have a great camping experience. 

Stay Updated with the Weather

Before you set off for a camping trip, check the weather forecast. Knowing what weather to expect will allow you to prepare properly. The weather will determine what clothing you should wear and pack as well as what equipment to bring. For example, if rain or snow is expected, waterproof jackets will be needed. However, if it’s expected to be extremely hot and dry, you’ll need to pack plenty of water to stay hydrated. Knowing the weather will help both you and your kids stay safe.  

Be Attentive When Choosing Your Site

When selecting your campsite you’ll want to keep your kids at the forefront of your mind. You may be able to handle more difficult conditions than your children, so it is important to consider how your kids can cope in a camping site first. For their safety, it is best to pitch up somewhere that’s not close to a river or lake. In addition, having a toilet or secluded area nearby will come in handy.

Depending on the age of your kids, you might not want to travel too far. If it does require some distance to get to, make sure to take regular breaks so that your kids can hydrate, have some food, and recharge their energy.

Set Strict Boundaries

Since camping’s fun, your kids might get over-excited. Perhaps they enjoy playing and hope to venture out a little on their own. Remember to set strict boundaries about the distance they can go to on their own. By informing them of what they are and are not allowed to do, both you and your kids can enjoy yourselves. 

One great way to do this is to walk with them around the campsite and establish short routes for them to remember and travel through again. Choose checkpoints such as the building for the bathroom, or other campsites nearby, where you establish your boundaries that they shouldn’t exceed. Even with strict boundaries, it is essential that you keep a close eye on them when they’re playing in and around the area to make sure they stay safe. 

Give Advice About Not Eating Wild Plants

It’s possible, and perhaps even likely, that you and your kids will come across fruits and vegetables while you venture to your site. However, many of them might not be edible. For example, wild mushrooms and berries can often be poisonous and dangerous if consumed. Therefore, it’s important to give simple tips about not eating anything that’s found as they make their way through the grounds.

Consider Location Devices

Many people prefer not to use electronics when they go camping as a way to connect more to nature. While this is a great way to relax and enjoy the moment, some electronics are recommended while out in the woods, especially with children. GPS watches or small tracking devices can be very useful in ensuring the safety of your family. If your children happen to get separated from you then having a tracking system will help you find them again. Before disconnecting from all electronics, consider location devices. 

Keep Food Outside Your Tent

The main problem with bringing food inside is that it can attract wild animals and pests. Give your kids some ground rules — no food in the tent. That way you don’t have any critters or animals spoiling your time together!

No Playing with Camp Equipment

Whether it’s an axe, knives, or pitching tools, camp equipment can be dangerous if your kids get a hold of them. Because of this, it is best to keep them out of sight and tell your children not to play with them when you’re pitching your tent. However, if your children want to help you while you are setting up your campsite, you can involve them by asking them to help with simple tasks such as shovelling a small area or helping to find wood for a fire. 

Carry a First-Aid Kit

Last but not least, it’s essential that you carry a first-aid kit. This can come in handy in the case of an emergency. Make sure the kit has plenty of bandages so you can clean any cuts or scrapes your kids may get while in the woods. You’ll also want to include any medicines they might need, bug spray, and suncream.

The Learning Experience: The Go-To Learning Centre for Your Kids

If you want your kids to learn, grow, and adapt during their early childhood years, The Learning Experience in East Finchley is a great place to be! For more information about the curriculum that’s on offer, you can check out the Learning Experience website. 

The Learning Experience – East Finchley Day Nursery and Preschool
250 East End Rd
London N2 8AU

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