Camping with KidsJun 14, 2014 09:00AM ● By Nathan Asher, M.D.
Preparing for Your Camping Adventure Make preparing for your camping trip fun for the whole family. Boys Town Pediatrics recommends:
- Reading a book about nature to help get your children familiar with insects, animals and plants they may see during the camping trip.
- Having your children help pack the cooler and camping supplies. Younger children might like to pack a few toys from home.
- Asking your children what they want to do on the trip, and write it down so you can make sure to do at least one thing from everyone’s list.
- Doing a test-run sleeping under the stars in your own back yard. This will give you the opportunity to alleviate any fears before the trip.
The excitement of exploring nature is a big part of the camping experience. Boys Town Pediatrics would like to recommend a few safety tips to help you enjoy a fun-filled family trip.
- Never go in the water alone and always wear a life vest.
- Tell others where you are going.
- If you get lost, stay put. Trying to retrace your steps can actually get you more turned around when your family will be out looking for you.
- Do not pick or touch plants you do not know—they may be poisonous.
- Make noise when you walk so you don’t sneak up on unexpected animals.
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