Your camp experience will be so much better if you plan ahead regarding the rules and regulations of the camp grounds you plan on visiting. Most rules are designed for safety reasons – especially when it comes to kids.
Are you bringing a baby? First make sure the campground doesn’t have a rule against them.
Also bring a baby infant seat and use it in the tent covered with netting. People will be less likely to step on the baby and it’ll keep the mosquitoes away. Bring bandages, over-the-counter medicine, bottled water, a ball, some toys and whatever else is familiar to keep the baby amused.
Make sure you choose “family” location.
Camping at a private campgrounds or family campgrounds offer many amenities that state parks might not offer. For example, at the private campgrounds, you might find a kiddie pool and a regular pool, an indoor store for necessities, internet connections, game rooms for children, golf carts, abundant water spigots and fountains, and many other items that make camping with children more fun.
Choose a site that is near the bathrooms, near the public phones (bring a cellular phone too), and or near the store or the more trafficked areas of the campgrounds.
Reservations are required at some campsites. Nothing is worse than showing up to camp and there are no sites available. Call ahead.
One of the most important rules that you can remind your children about are the vehicle and road rules.
There are lanes in between the rows of tents are just like city roads. Cars and sometimes huge RVs travel those roads, so if the children are playing at the campgrounds, they must look both ways before crossing these innocent-looking lanes at campgrounds.
No one should go to the restroom alone after dark or at night. In the daytime, always company all children to the restroom.
In some of our state parks, there are homeless people camping out; in others, there might even be newly released inmates, and in others there might even be sex offenders.
Instruct children to not approach or pet wild animals, no matter how cute they look.
Remind the children that some wild animals, like racoons and foxes, carry or have rabies. Keeping all food in plastic containers or in your car is the best way to invite critters you don’t want around.
If you must bring family pets, the best place to go is to family campsites that advertise that they welcome pets. There are one or two state parks that accept animals. Do the research online and find out where these parks are.
When a Storm Hits
Always check the weather forecast, particularly if you plan on going hiking. No big deal if it’s just raining, but if a storm is expected, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
During the worst part of the storms, if you can still drive, pack everything up (not the tent) and bring the kids and put them in the car and drive to the nearest mall. Otherwise stay in the tent or car and wait it out.