It’s Time To Start Thinking About Camping And Outdoor Safety
Spring is here and as the warm weather begins to creep in your family may be thinking about planning a camping trip. Camping can be a lot of fun, and for children of the right age it is a great adventure. They learn to live in the outdoors, and maybe even how to fish.
There are tons of fun things you can do with the family on a camping trip. However, there are important steps from the idea of going camping to actually going camping. Hopefully this will help you make sure you take all of those steps, and have a safe and fun camping trip.
Planning The Trip
There are a few things that go into planning a family camping trip, which includes determining if your children are old enough to go on a camping trip. This will really depend on how long you plan to be camping and how well behaved your kids are. If they can walk, and talk, and they follow your instructions well, then they should be good to go.
Make a list of all of the things that you’ll need for your camping trip, like camping gear and safety gear, as well as clothing and food. When it comes to your camping and safety gear, it pays to check out some reviews on the products before you buy them. You don’t want to buy a tent that leaks because it rained your first night out.
Figure out where you are going, map your course, and make sure you double check that you have everything you need before you leave. An actual detailed list that you can check things off of as you go is perfect.
Thinking About Safety
When you go camping, part of your safety needs will depend on where you are camping. If there’s a risk of snake bites you want to have the right kind of antivenom kit with you. If there might be bears or other wildlife that could invade your camp and pose a threat, you need protection from them as well.
You should also have a first aid kit, a flare gun and flares, and even a lighter and some matches. Make sure that you also tell someone not going with you exactly where you are going and when you will be back home, just in case.
What To Do For Fun And Education
If you are camping near a fishing spot, take the poles and teach your children to fish. Let them know what kind of fish they catch. Teach them to clean them and then cook them for dinner while you’re there camping. This will give them that really rustic camping experience.
You can also take them on an age appropriate hike in the woods and teach them about the different animals and plants that you come across. Let them collect pine cones and stones, or let them collect shells if there is a beach. They will have a blast.