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Camping Safety

August 2015

When it comes to exploring nature and your surroundings, there’s no better way to do it than going on a camping trip with your family. You can go hiking, swimming, exploring, fishing and do so much more!

It’s a lot of fun, but you also have to make sure you know what you’re doing. You and your parents need to make sure you know where you are, where you’re going, what you’re doing and what to avoid. Here are a few tips that might come in handy.

Make sure you’ve got everything you need. Camping trips can last anywhere from one night to a few nights, so it’s very important that you have everything you might need. This might include a tent, a flashlight, sunscreen, warm clothing, food and water. Also, make sure your parents pack a first aid kit just in case someone might get hurt.

Watch where you’re stepping. In nature, especially on hikes, the ground is often uneven and full of things that might trip you up. Watch where you’re walking so you avoid tree roots and branches, rocks, vines and anything else that might get in your way or cause you harm.

Keep your food away from animals. Many animals live in the forest, and a lot of them will try to eat your food if you leave it out in the open. Keep it in your parents’ car and/or in a cooler so that they can’t smell it or get at it. It’s also important to throw away your garbage properly when you’re done with it, because animals might hunt around your trash for scraps, too.

Follow these steps and you’ll be well on your way to having a fun, safe and memorable camping trip. Happy trails!