Camping has long been a favourite way for families to spend some quality time together. With international tourism on hold for now, plenty more families are going to be heading out camping for the first time. Despite what has brought it about, we couldn’t be happier to see more Australians getting out into the bush and exploring what this wonderful country has to offer.
Camping doesn’t have to be fraught with risks, but a new setting and having plenty to explore, the little ones might find they have a knack for getting themselves into trouble. We thought we’d take a minute to clue some of the newer outdoors enthusiasts on how to keep their children safe while out camping.
Read on below to find out more!
Things to look out for around the campsite
The campsite is where you’ll likely be spending most of your time. But it’s also where your children are likely to be spending the most time without you looking directly over their shoulder. This makes your choice of campsite very important. The biggest things to stay mindful of are obvious. Bodies of water, wildlife, and flora like cacti and the like. These can all be hazardous for children.
You also must be very conscious of the things that you’re bringing with you to the campsite. Things like BBQs, camping stoves, or even campfires (when permitted) can be hazards to inquisitive little ones looking for something to play with. Keep an eye out and ensure that none of this gear is left unattended around your children, or accessible while you’re not around.
Things to look for while out exploring
Some of the best bits about camping are just getting out into nature and exploring all that Australia’s beautiful landscapes have to offer. But it’s also important that you have your eye on some of the things that can pose problems for your kids.
Throughout the day you’ll want to make sure that your children have had plenty to eat and drink, that they aren’t getting too much sun; and keep an eye out for any slippery sections or drops you might pass through or near. All that is common sense. Far less common though is for less experienced groups to have a plan for what to do if they get separated.
Some ground rules can make all the difference, particularly if your children are prone to wandering off. Clue your kids in on where you’re going but instruct them to stay put where they are if they ever do get lost. If you’re planning on spending plenty of time hiking, it might be worth giving your kids a whistle to call out with.
Get out there with PMX Campers
Camping is a great way to get out there with the family. We should know, at PMX Campers we’re all lifetime outdoors enthusiasts and love sharing that passion with our customers. If you’ve been looking for the perfect way to get the whole family out into the great outdoors with a little more regularity, get in touch with us to talk about camper trailers, caravans and more.
You can reach us by calling (08) 9455 1454 or leaving us a message via our contact form.