This is Part II of my series on camping in your own backyard.
My last post, Must-Haves to Make Overnight Camping in the Backyard Fun, provided three great checklists to help you have a fun and successful backyard campout with your family. Today's checklist is all about making your evening under the stars safe. Even in your own backyard, it's important to be aware and take the proper steps to keep everyone healthy and safe.
Essential Backyard Camping Safety Checklist
- Use common sense while camping, especially if you have a campfire.
- Have the proper equipment and tools (see my post Must-Haves for Backyard Camping for details).
- Chose a safe campsite (a flat spot free of large obstacles like rocks and tree stumps)
- Keep potentially dangerous items out of the reach of children (matches, knives, insect repellent)
- Learn about and teach children about campfire safety if you plan to have one (a good resource is SmokeyBear.com)
- Teach children to stay within eyesight or earshot.
- Respect wildlife. Never approach or touch wild animals, use a camera instead.
- Be aware of your surroundings and watch where you step.
- Pay attention to weather conditions.
- Do not leave children alone at the campsite.
- Have first aid essentials available in the house.
- If you are sleeping outside for the night, put all food away in the house before going to sleep to avoid attracting animals to the camp site.
- Remember to be prepared for the unexpected, do not take unnecessary chances.
- Supervise your children at all times!
Check back on Wednesday for the next post in my Backyard Camping with the Family series, when I provide pointers on how to help your children deal with things that go hoot, squawk, hiss, screech, etc., etc. in the night.