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Camping Safety

We want you to have a blast during your your family camping experience, but we also want you to be safe out there.

Campfire Safety

A nice campfire is a wonderful part of camping. But … it can be dangerous if not handled properly.

  • When you’re building and cooking over your campfire make sure that no loose clothing is near the fire and make sure hair is tied back.
  • Don’t use accelerants, like lighter fluid.
  • Make sure that your kiddos are careful around the fire … no running and playing.
  • Always have a bucket of water on hand to put out any wayward flames. Watch your small kiddos around this bucket since it does pose a drowning hazard.
  • Always make sure that you completely extinguish the fire.

First Aid

Always carry a basic first aid kit. This site gives a good list of suggestions of items that should be included in your kit. However, you should personalize your kit to your own needs. Especially if you have certain health problems, etc. It’s also a good idea to take CPR/First Aid Training before your trip.

Sunburns, scrapes and blisters are the most common ailments while camping. Spend a little time on prevention and you’ll avoid these nuisances. Apply sunscreen, wear protective clothing like hats and long sleeves, look for areas that will provide a soft landing, such as grass or sand, for active games; and and wear proper-fitting shoes and socks.

General Information (Just some good tips)

  • Never approach wild animals. They may look cute and harmless, but they can be very unpredictable, as well as territorial and protective. In most cases, the animals are more afraid of us and will run away. Do not attempt to feed wild animals. 
  • Look out for snakes, spiders and other critters. If you’re hiking, watch where you are walking and always be careful when picking up sticks or rocks. Look around the area before you pick a spot to sit down. Other insects such as bees, ants, ticks, mosquitoes, flies are not to be taken lightly. They can be annoying and also cause quite a bit of pain and discomfort. Lots of people have severe allergic reactions to their bites and need to carry necessary medical supplies or seek medical attention. 
  • Wear sunscreen and sunglasses. You can get sunburn in a very short period of time even on overcast days. Protect your eyes from the strong ultraviolet rays of the sun and reduce glare from off the water or off the snow. Sunburn can ruin any vacation. 
  • If you go hiking; never hike alone … go with a friend and tell someone about your plans and proposed route. Take plenty of water, snacks, matches and a flashlight. Don’t forget your compass and trail maps; and maybe even a GPS. Be aware of the weather. 
  • Supervise your kiddos. Tell them to stay within your sight and don’t let them wander off. Keep a picture of your children with you just in case they get lost. 
  • Always pay attention to weather conditions. It can change very quickly. Be prepared and act in anticipation of severe weather. 
  • Check with the campground that you’re staying at about their security and severe weather policies. 
  • Just use common sense and always be prepared.

If you have some helpful tips you’d like to add them in the comments! We’d love to hear from you.

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