12 Kids' Camping Tent Safety Precautions

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Kids camping tent safety precautions are important, especially when they are away from parents and family. However, children are always more vulnerable out in the open. To protect yourself and your camping buddies, you must follow the below safety precautions.

1. Before Camping, Inspect the Site Thoroughly

Before you pitch your camping tent, you must inspect the site thoroughly. Look for potential hazards such as beehives, anthills, poison ivy, or other poisonous plants. Also look for dead or dying branches overhead.

2. Never Keep Open Flames Inside the Tent

If you use citronella candles in your tent, make sure you blow them out before sleeping or leaving the tent. For light, use a battery-powered lantern or a flashlight instead of flames or matches. Invest in a camping tent made of fireproof material for added safety.

3. Never Leave a Campfire Unattended


When you build a camp fire, always have an adult close by. If you are unsure of the process, avoid building the fire. Never leave the area unattended while a fire is burning.

4. Carry a First Aid Kit

At all times, carry a first aid kit with you. It must include bandages, antiseptics, medicines for insect bites, a calamine lotion, bug repellent, insect spray, tweezers for tick bites, and sunscreen.

5. Carry Emergency Supplies

Emergency supplies can be lifesavers if you are lost or hurt. Carry a whistle for attracting attention, aluminum foil that can be stuck on the underside of shoes for leaving tracks, torch, map, compass, granola bars, fire starting kit, additional clothing, and water.

6. Never Leave the Camping Tent Open When Sleeping or Away

You must securely close the camping tent when you are sleeping or if you step out of it, even if for just a bit. This will keep intruders, and also keep pesky insects, out.

7. Always Pitch the Tent a Safe Distance from the Campfire

Maintain a safe distance between your camping tent and the campfire. Never start a fire too close to the tent or pitch a tent too close to a burning fire. After extinguishing the fire, check the spot for any embers for leaving.

8. Keep the Tent and Camp Site Clean

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An unclean camping site is often attractive to bugs, insects, and more dangerous predators such as bears. Always clean up after eating and keep food closed and sealed at all times.

9. Notify Someone Before Venturing Out

If you are leaving for a trail, avoid going by yourself. Before leaving, let other members of the camp know where you are headed. If you are lost, stand your ground instead of trying to go back. Use the whistle.

10. Wash Your Hands Often

Protect your health and that of others by washing your hands before and after handling food and after using the washroom.

11. Stay Away from Unknown Plants and Wild Berries

There are several poisonous plants and berries out in the wild. Educate yourself about these species and avoid touching wild plants. Never eat wild berries.

12. Never Wander From a Trail

Stick to a trail and follow the map. Always travel with a group. Never get off the trail and venture out into the woods.