Kids and Campground Safety: Tips for Keeping Safe While Having Fun

There are no hard and fast rules in a campground but here are a few kids and campground safety tips plus some strategies to keep them safe while still giving them the independence that is appropriate for their age.

Kids and Campground Safety: Tips for Keeping Safe While Having Fun

The main goal of every parent is to make sure that their kids are safe and sound. But we also want to teach them independence and responsibility. A lot of families are wondering how to keep their kids safe all the time while outdoors or how to manage multiple kids who want to do different activities.

The answer is different because every child is different, every parent is different and every campsite is different. There are no hard and fast rules but here are a few kids and campground safety tips and some strategies to keep them safe while still giving them the independence that is appropriate for their age.

Campground Safety for Babies and Toddlers: 

We understand that it is hard work to be adventurous when you have little ones and it’s a brave choice. The number one tip to get through this stage is to divide and conquer.

It’s so much easier for a single person to be in charge of one kid while the other person is on set up, break down or dinner duty.

Trouble happens when both parents are trying to get stuff done so assigning one parent on baby duty can make your lives so much easier.

This strategy will get you through tough years. By abiding to this rule, it can get easier.

Campground Safety for Young Children (4-7)

At the ages of four to seven, some parents may think it will be easier but many struggles with setting boundaries while still giving kids independence.

Some parents may not allow their child to be alone at a campground but other parents want their kids to have a taste of the same independence they had in their youth. The campground is a great place to let kids stretch their wings and run free.

So if you want to raise your kids to be responsible and independent then start the hard work at this age. Think about all the skills it would take for them to stay safe and begin to train them early. Here are some examples:

       Car and Bicycle Awareness: Stop at the edge of the road and let them wave to cars passing by.

       Campsite Awareness: Tell your kids to memorise your site number so they can get help easily when separated.

       Basic Stranger Training: Give them a specific guideline on what adults they should seek out when in trouble like employees, mothers with kids, etc.

       Role Play Scenarios: Ask them what they would do in certain circumstances - getting hurt, lost or having other kids misbehaving.

If you keep practising these things, your children will be more prepared when they’re finally old enough for some real independence.

Campground Safety for For Kids Who Are Ready For Independence

When it comes to doing something independently, there is no age requirement, but a level of responsibility. There is no single age when your kids will suddenly become capable of doing things on their own. However, before they turn eight or nine, kids should be given opportunities to practice their independence. Here are a few things you can do:

       Choose a campsite that’s only a few sites away from the playground, so they can play by themselves but you can still watch them from afar.

       Let them ride in bicycle ‘loops’ that you’ve approved.

       Ask them to buy something from the camp store.

       Have them lead you back to the campsite

       Wait outside while they play in the arcade by themselves.

Campground Safety for Pre Teens and Teens

Once they reach this age, you have to be sure that they are mature enough to not be a danger for the other kids in the campground. One of the biggest campground complaints we hear is from parents who hate it when older kids take over the kids playground or pool and act in a way that makes the space unsafe for smaller kids. 

If you are going to allow your older kids to enjoy the amenities in the camp, make them do some legwork in advance. Talk to them about bicycle safety and how to watch out for younger children. 

Campground Safety: The Wrap Up

The most important thing about kids and campground safety is to pay attention to your child’s maturity level in a campground environment. Every campground is different and rules may change from place to place.

 

 

 

Your Guide To Outback Places In Australia

There are so many amazing destinations in outback places in Australia. Here’s a quick introduction to the most popular places to help you choose.

Your Guide To Outback Places In Australia

When you're planning to experience outback places in Australia, the first thing you have to do is choose a destination because there are so many to choose from. In fact, a lot of people see the outback as a tourist destination because of its huge size. Here’s a quick introduction to the most popular places to help you choose:
Alice Springs
Alice Springs is known as the heart and soul of the Outback. This is the number one destination in Outback Australia. It’s located in the centre of everywhere else in Australia, not just the outbacks, which is why this should be your base for exploring.
Ayers Rock/Uluru
This is Australia’s best-known tourist attraction. It is a sacred place to indigenous Australians and thought to have formed almost 600 years ago.
Alice Springs Desert Park.
Considered as the Outback’s best tourist attraction. This is the best first stop in Alice Springs. It has an amazing aboriginal culture, environment, plants and animals.
Kings Canyon/Watarrka.
Another top Outback destination. It’s located 350kms away from Alice Springs and about 300kms from Ayers Rock. A lot of people say it’s even better than Uluru so make sure you check it out to find out why.
Lake Eyre
Australia’s largest salt lake. It’s also considered as one of the most pristine desert river systems on the planet.
Port Augusta
Crossroads of Australia. Located at the top of Spencer Gulf, this is known because it’s where the desert meets the sea.
Coober Pedy – Opal Capital of the World.
Located halfway between Port Augusta and Alice Springs. It is one of the most unique outback attractions and a lot of people stay there because of underground accommodation and to see the opals.
Tennant Creek.
Tennant Creek is everything you’d imagine an Outback place in Australia to look like. It’s located 505km north of Alice Springs and 1000km south of Darwin. This place is quirky, friendly and full of living history. It’s also an ideal base if you’d want to explore the subtropical north of the Outback Australia - Barkly Region.
The West MacDonnell Ranges.
The MacDonnell Ranges are often getting ignored because most tourists rush off to see Ayers Rock right away. This place has gorgeous gorges, waterholes and peaceful bush camping sites.
The East MacDonnell Ranges.
Known as The East Macs by the locals, this is a great place to get away from tourist crowds. They have swimming holes, gorges and gold minds that you can explore. It’s an hour drive away from Alice Springs.
Palm Valley/Finke Gorge National Park.
If what you want is easy off-road driving, a beautiful campground with hot showers and free barbecues, then an overnight stay in Palm Valley is a must.
The Stuart Highway.
Where can you drive 1100km on a bitumen road without a single traffic light? The Stuart Highway. It’s not just a boring, straight road trip, there are secret spots and roadhouses that can help you survive this really long road trip.
The Simpson Desert.
Australia has many deserts but Simpson is the most magical and special in the entire Outback. The best way to experience Australia is by going to the outbacks. It’s a fun, unique experience that will surely be a very memorable one. If you have decided to camp, here’s a guide for you to help you with camping the outback places in Australia.

Camping With Kids Checklist

Going on a camping trip with kids is a great idea if you want a break away from your daily routine and disconnect from technology for a while. But before the fun starts, you have to face packing. This camping with kids checklist will make this stressful process fast and easy.

Camping With Kids Checklist

Camping, no matter who you’re with, is always an exciting and fun activity. Camping is guaranteed to bring long-lasting family memories, lots of laughter, and loads of outdoor time for everyone. If you have kids, then going on a camping trip is a great idea if you want to break away from your daily routine and disconnect from technology for a while. However, before all the fun starts, you have to face the troubles of packing. We understand that packing maybe a little stressful as a parent because you can’t risk forgetting any essentials. You need to ask yourself a lot of questions and anticipate scenarios before deciding what you can’t and can go without. To help you relax before the big day, we’ve put together this camping with kids checklist to help you pack like a pro:
1. The Basic Gear And Essentials
  • Tent, poles, stakes
  • Sleeping bag and pads for each camper
  • Repair kit for pads, mattress, tent, tarp
  • Pillows and blankets
  • Chairs
  • Headlamps or flashlights (extra batteries)
  • Lantern
  • Stove
  • Cooking and eating utensils
  • Cooler
  • Plates and cups
  • Rubbish bags
  • Soaps
  • Reusable water bottles
  • Food items for meals
  • Water
  • Baby food or formula
2. Personal Hygiene Kit
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Hairbrush
  • Mirror
  • Elastics
  • Bath towel and facecloths
  • Soap and shampoo
  • Lipbalm
  • Nail clippers
  • Toilet Paper
  • Lotion
  • Hand Sanitizers and wipes
3. Clothing
  • Daytime clothes
  • Hats
  • Coats
  • Rain boots and rainwear
  • Gloves
  • Sleepwear
  • Swimsuit
  • Slippers
  • Socks
  • Extras
4. First Aid
  • Prescription medicines
  • Tylenol (for kids and adults)
  • Plasters
  • Thermometer
  • Bug spray
  • Anti-itch cream
  • Children’s antihistamine
  • First aid kit
5. Others
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Toys (at least one per kid)
  • Thermos
  • Portable potty (if needed)
  • Roasting sticks – for Aussie smores!
  • Card games
  • Colouring books and crayons
  • Kites
  • Snacks
  • Glow sticks or any glow in the dark toys
  • Books
  • Portable speaker
  • Hammock
  • Whistle
Of course, this camping with kids checklist may not have everything you need but it can surely help you remember everything you have to bring. There’s just no way around it! Preparing and packing for a camping trip will take some time and will not be perfect but at least making a camping checklist and sticking with it can help shorten the process. Just remember to make it easy for yourself. Camping, especially with kids, can mean getting dirty, messy and tiring for everyone but it will be an experience they will never forget. It does not have to be perfect. If you still need help, here are 5 more tips for camping with kids.

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