Our Favorite Family Camping Safety Tips
Family camping trips can be a whole lot of fun at any time of year. In fact, family camping vacations are one of the most popular getaway choices for Americans from all walks of life. In 2011, we spent approximately 534.9 million days camping together. To get the most out of your next family vacation, please check out our camping safety tips that can make your camping trip safer.
Here are some of our favorite tips for keeping your family safe and sound while you’re at a camp resort or roughing it in the woods:
When you’re camping, you’re never alone. You need to keep a watchful eye out for insects, poisonous plants, and other potential hazards. That being said, you shouldn’t be fearful during your trip. As long as you are prepared for an emergency, your time at family campgrounds should be all fun and no fear.
Be sure to bring more water than you think you could possibly need. When partaking in physically exerting activities, you may not realize how thirsty you are or how much you’re sweating. But dehydration can be very serious, so you need to make a real effort to drink water. You should drink 15 to 20 ounces of water before starting strenuous activities (at least an hour or two prior). During a hike, you should drink eight ounces of water every 15 minutes for maximum hydration. Stick to a schedule and don’t forget to drink! You could easily develop headaches, become dizzy, or feel sick to your stomach if you don’t.
Protect yourself from the elements
Wear sun block year-round and insect repellent during spring, summer, and fall. Even on summer camping trips, the evenings can get quite cold. No matter the season, bring lots of layers and sleeping bags that can handle any dip in temperature. Bring plastic ground cloths and rain protection to keep your campsite and family dry in case of a downpour. Get vaccinated prior to going on a camping trip. Finally, don’t forget to bring a first-aid kit, flashlight, batteries, and any medications you may need during your camping adventure.
Camping can be great fun at any time of year when you know how to stay safe. Luckily, our campgrounds offer many amenities and family-friendly attractions, so you’re free to kick back and relax. To find out more about what the best campgrounds can provide, contact Camp Jellystone today!