Camping and Hiking Safety

When camping or hiking, there are many hazards that individuals and families may not think about including the sun, bugs, poisonous plants and animals, and campfires. While the intent of a family camping trip or hike may be for mom and dad to relax and to let the children have fun, parents need to pay special attention to their family’s safety, since tragedy can happen in the blink of an eye. The NTSI recommends the following safety tips for camping and hiking.

  • Always carry a first aid kit and be trained in first aid and CPR
  • Make sure to use the buddy system. It is never a good idea to camp or hike alone
  • Make sure someone knows your plans for each and every day
  • Know how to use a map and compass. Take whistles along as they can be heard farther than your voice
  • Wear long sleeve shirts and pants and the proper shoes
  • Wear sun screen and insect repellent
  • Make sure to take along plenty of water
  • Don’t drink water from lakes, streams, or rivers
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages. It sets the wrong example for children
  • Don’t touch wild animals
  • Don’t eat wild berries, mushrooms or other plants
  • Don’t over-do-it when hiking. Know your limitations
  • Never leave a campfire unattended
  • When hiking, bring along high energy snacks
  • Never leave children alone around a campfire
  • Keep a bucket of water and a shovel near the campfire

Resource: National Safe Kids Association,