Over 75 million US households are regular campers and this figure is expected to rise now camping has become a popular event for the whole family. In fact, camping is perfect for children of all ages. They relish the freedom of being outdoors and the relaxed atmosphere. It gives them the opportunity to explore, discover wildlife and learn a bit more about the world around us. It also gives the family chance to spend some quality time together without the distractions of modern life. But whether you are a beginner camper or a regular and happy to pitch your tent anywhere, it can be a very different experience when you take children with you.
The key to a successful family camping trip? Always be prepared for the unexpected. When you have been camping on your own, or just with other adults, you may just throw a few bits together and head for the woods. But when it comes to camping with the family, don’t take any chances. Make sure you’ve researched the location where you will be camping and know it’s a suitable spot for your family. Also, find out what security there is at the campsite and how to report any issues that may arise while you are there. Before you leave home, check the weather report, and make sure someone knows where you and your family will be going. Pack a good supply kit that includes the essentials like a well-stocked first-aid kit, medications, GPS or compass, blankets, flashlight, food, water, and batteries.
Where to set up camp
These days there are many campsites where you and your family can camp safely. They offer hot showers, the use of proper toilets and provide safe drinking water. There are even some sites with a shop where you can grab anything that you’ve forgotten to bring with you. But if you aren’t camping somewhere like that then you need to take extra care. Avoid camping near creek beds, near stagnant water as there will likely be mosquitoes nearby. Also, avoid places where wild animals will likely come to drink or forage and areas with a sloping ground.
Keep kids supervised
While you will want to give your children the freedom to enjoy their surroundings and get to know the area, it’s important that you don’t let them run off and explore the site on their own. Especially if they are young. Even on a child-friendly site with other families around, don’t simply assume it will be safe for them. Take the children for a walk around the campsite soon after you arrive. Make sure they understand which areas are safe for them and which they must avoid. So they can easily find their way back again, make your tent look a bit different from all the others and put up flags, bunting or colored lights. This is also helpful for any members of the family who may forget the exact location of the tent. All the family should agree on a place to go to if they get lost. But keep in mind that if your children aren’t old enough to understand and follow these rules, then they aren’t old enough yet to be out of your sight.
Just by taking a few safety precautions, you can ensure that you and your family enjoy a fantastic camping trip together and no doubt the first of many outdoor adventures together.
ARTICLE WRITTEN BY; SALLY