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Camping with Kids

Jun 14, 2014 09:00AM ● By Nathan Asher, M.D.
If you are looking for a way to create more family time, camping may be the perfect adventure. By turning off the daily routines and plugging into nature, your family can explore a whole new world that surrounds them. Throw a line in the pond, chase after a butterfly, toast marshmallows over the campfire—the things to do are endless. And best of all, you are creating family memories that will last a lifetime.

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.
Camping Safety Tips

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.
The joy of camping is that it can tie in something every family member enjoys; swimming, fishing, exploring, cooking, and just relaxing in the midst of nature. And don’t worry if everything doesn’t go just as planned—that’s what creates the best family stories!

Don’t forget! (Feature in a pull out box)

  • Sunscreen
  • Bug repellant
  • Rain gear
  • Extra clothes
  • Flashlight (extra batteries)
  • Blankets
  • First aid kitsmall