Seasoned campers, beginners and even kids see camping as a great getaway, but to have a safe and fun time, preparation is essential. How much effort you put into adequately planning your camping trip will determine how successful and enjoyable your trip will be.
Here are some camping safety tips for the kids when camping in the great outdoors.
Sun and Bugs
Don’t let a bad sunburn or bothersome mosquito bites ruin your camping trip. Sunburn is a hazard even on overcast days, so sunscreen is a must even if it’s not very sunny. Ward off mosquitoes and ticks with insect repellent that’s appropriately formulated for the age of your child. Spray skin and the outer surfaces of socks, shirts, hats and pants to keep insects away. Consider dressing you and your child in long-sleeved shirts and pants that can be tucked boots to help guard against ticks, mosquitoes and sunburn.
Stay close to the campsite and do not wander off on your own. It’s important that you must always have adult supervision while exploring in the woods. It’s not a bad idea to have a whistle around your neck and blow it if you get separated from the group. If possible, carry a fully charged mobile phone so you can contact your parents / guardians if you do get lost.
Whether you’re on a nature hike, bushwalking or out on a bike ride, do not eat berries unless you are certain they are safe. A number of poisonous berries grow in the woods. Do not drink water from streams, creeks or lakes while camping. The water might look clean but it can contain germs and other contaminates that make it unsafe to drink. Instead, pack snacks and drinks when you’ll be spending time away from the campsite.
Avoid Wild Animals
No matter how friendly or harmless wild animals appear, do not try to touch, catch or feed them. A wild animal could become frightened or feel threatened by such actions, causing it to attack or bite. Keep your campsite clean and neat and pack all food securely to keep wild animals from invading your campsite. Experienced campers often food in bags and hang the bags in trees away from the campsite. By respecting and understanding the habits of wild animals, your child can safely observe animals in their natural habitats.
Before heading off to your camping adventure, visit www.campingforkids.com.au for hints and tips while camping in the great outdoors. This new website is designed to get children to enjoy the camping experience whilst teaching them about all of the natural wonders and beauty there is to explore in Australia, as well as new skills, games, and healthy habits.