The Essential Backyard Campout 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 campsite.
- Remember to be prepared for the unexpected, do not take unnecessary chances.
- Supervise your children at all times!
Many of these are intuitive, especially for moms, but it doesn’t hurt to do a quick review once in a while. My goal in writing this was to provide an exhaustive list, but I am sure I have missed a few important points. If you would like to add your thoughts, please do so in the comments section.