Date : February 28, 2021
Camping Safety: Our Best Tips For Going Bush!
Camping with kids is a great experience and one that will create memories to last a lifetime. But before you head out on an outdoor adventure, there are some very important bush safety lessons your child needs to learn.
It’s time to explore and enjoy the bush, the right way!
Rules for staying safe and sustainable while camping
Teaching kids bush safety and how to camp responsibly does not have to be difficult. But it does need to be done. The risks associated with kids not knowing these simple but vital rules and skills are too great.
How to prevent getting lost in the bush
Kids love exploring – and having the freedom to do it on their own only enhances their love of the bush. However, if camping remotely, there are some ground rules your kids should follow.
∙ Follow the path
∙ Keep a phone with them (if there is signal, they can send a location to you via google maps)
∙ Explore during daylight
∙ Don’t go completely alone. Take a friend or parent
∙ Go old school and teach your child how to use a compass and look for landmark points to help them get back to camp.
Playing spotlight… safely
Grab your torch and some friends and enjoy hours of fun! Just teach your kids these simple rules.
∙ Stay out of other campers’ areas
∙ Don’t shine torches into other camps
∙ Don’t venture too far as the risk of getting lost at night is much higher
∙ Give kids a walkie talkie each and keep one for parents as well. That way everyone can stay in touch and ensure everyone is safe.
What kid doesn’t love fire?! It’s cool. It’s fun. But it is also dangerous. So teaching kids how to be responsible around fire is crucial. It is also a good idea to get the kids involved and teach them how to light a fire the right way.
∙ Don’t run or play near the fire
∙ Don’t throw anything foreign into the fire
∙ Don’t play in old fire pits. They could still be hot or have hidden dangers under the ashes.
The most important discussion to have with your kids besides camping safety is that they should take only photos and leave only footprints. Cause no damage to the natural surroundings, and always leave the bush environment the same or better than it was when you arrived.
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Camper Kell is a camping and “things to do” blogger raising four free range little nature lovers. Kell helps little people embrace nature while while preserving our natural habitats for bush babies of the future. You can find more about Camper Kell here