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I don’t know about you, but I love to take my kids camping. They enjoy it and I know I enjoy it. I have been camping for about as long as I have been alive. And can only remember a couple of small accidents that have happened in the almost 30 years I have been doing this.
Educating your children on the open country should be a priority before you ever make it too the outdoors. I have said it before and I will continue to say it again. “A little education goes a long way.”
Make sure that you help your kids in understanding the real dangers of the outdoors. Regardless of whether you are staying at a primitive campground at your local lake, or a deluxe R.V. at a state park there are always risks that you are taking when bringing your family into the wilderness.
Inside this post I am going to share with you some of the things that you need to share with your kids to make sure that your Indiana camping trips are the best and everyone stays as safe as possible.
Water- Teaching your children how to swim is a bare necessity. I learned to swim as a young child and it has been passed on to my kids. Spending time in the water can be a great part of the trip, but understanding the dangers associated with water can make the difference between life and death.
Snakes- Depending where you are, there are a few poisonous snakes in Indiana. There are many people who spend time doing snake hunts, and face it… kids are usually intrigued when they see one sliding across the ground. Knowing which snakes is a danger and which ones are could again be the difference.
Animals- There is not a ton of dangerous animals in Indiana but there are a few that can be a threat to a great family day in the outdoors. I highly suggest that you research and explain to you family what they need to pay attention to when they are out in the wild. Finding the wrong animal and trying to make it a pet can make for a bad day.
Bugs- Believe it or not there are quite a few bugs that can cause major problems in the open country of Indiana. Spiders, ants, beetles and caterpillars all the same can cause strange medical problems. Make sure that you are familiar with all the “bugs” in the area that you are going to be staying in. You may not want your kids to find something that can be detrimental to their health.
Geography- If you are going to be letting your children to go hiking and exploring the area that you are staying in, they need to understand what to do to if they get lost. Even the most experiences outdoor person can get turned around in the wilderness in a fraction of a second.
My experience is that if you are going to allow your kids to roam in the woods or around the area that you are camping, provide them with at the minimum a whistle. All the way up to the time that I went started deer hunting with my father at the age of sixteen and really got familiar with the Hoosier National Forest that we had been hunting in, I carried a whistle in case things when array.
Sun- This is not only a camping adventure tip, but a tip for anytime in the summer. The sun brings around a ton of fun, but can be extremely dangerous for younger kids and adults the same. Indiana camping in the summer can bring temperatures in the higher nineties and that can be very dangerous. Make sure that you kids stay well hydrated and wear a sun blocker that is rated sufficiently.
Plants- Again, there are not many poisonous plants when you are camping in Indiana, but the fact still remains that there are. Make sure that your children know what they can or can not put in their mouth. I know, it sounds basic but you never know when they can think that they are biting into a delicious mulberry and end up having a reaction to something like poinsettias.
There you have it. Stay up on the topics that I just shared with you and I guarantee that many of the dangers that you could have in the Indiana open county can be avoided.
You can never be safe enough when it comes to the ones that you love the most. I hope you have the greatest and safest adventures.