- On a hot day, tents can get as hot as the inside of a car. Be sure to have adequate ventilation when the kids play in the tent.
- No diving into unknown water. Test the depth of the water first. You can test the depth by using a long stick.
- Life jackets on when boating…even the adults. It’s easy to remember to put the jacket on your child – but even competent swimmers can drown in a lake – how will you help your kids then?
- No snacks in the tent, especially in bear country! Keep food in a communal area and lock it up inside a car or tied up and elevated in a tree at night.
- Drinking and camping – use your common sense.
- Water, water, water – bring lots of water with you. Kids will be running, swimming, playing all day long…they are going to need some safe drinking water.
- First aid kit – bandaids, cold pack, gauze, tape, scissors, tweezers, thermometer, Benadryl, Tylenol, antibiotic creams, etc.
- Know where the site office is and how to contact the park staff in case of an emergency.
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