Outdoorsy Mommy Linkup #2

Outdoorsy Mommy Linkup
Can you spot the tiny fisherman? He would join the linkup if he could.

Welcome to the Outdoorsy Mommy Linkup #2! I loved reading everyone’s posts in the last linkup a couple months back.

For anyone new to the Outdoorsy Mommy Linkup, this is a place where you can discover like-minded blogs and have others discover your blog. Please link any family-friendly post that focuses on the outdoors, kid activities, recipes, travel or parenting. Don’t forget to spread the love by commenting on others posts or joining their email lists.

Featured Posts

Before posting my button or all the instructions, I’d like to highlight a few posts from the first linkup.

I loved this post over at Comfort Spring: Bring the Family for Fun at Dollywood. Dollywood is on my bucket list, and it was fun to live it through her post and pictures. My girlfriends and I are always talking about how fun it would be to go, and I felt like I was living vicariously through this post.

The second feature is my good friend Jackie over at the Pursuit of Life: Women are Adventurous Too. This is a great read for any female adventurer that has ever felt like people underestimate you or disregard your desire for adventure versus going along with a partner. The more we are all blogging about women traveling, adventuring, and experiencing the outdoors, the more inclusive the outdoor community will be. So keep blogging, linking, and reading friends!

I will be sure to feature more posts from this linkup on the Outdoorsy Mommy Linkup #3. Join my email list so you don’t miss it.

Outdoorsy Mommy Linkup #2

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I can’t wait to read all your posts. Thanks for stopping by!

Camping First Aid Kit for Kids and Other Safety Items

Camping First Aid Kit for Kids
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When packing for camping, one of the first items in the car or camper is a camping first aid kit for kids. Over the summer, my kids seem to have permanent scraps and bruises on every knee and elbow. While the band-aid or ice-pack isn’t always needed, they find it comforting none the less. As a mom, it is also reassuring to know that we have the tools to help the problem should anything minor come up. Also note that we are car-campers, and we can bring A LOT of stuff. So a lot of stuff we bring.

Camping First Aid Kit For Kids

This camping first aid kit for kids can be used for adults too! I just make sure to point out children’s specific medications since they come in the liquid form and are easier for them to take. However, wherever it says “children’s” make sure to pack the adult version as well. Of course, adults can have accidents, and first aid kits are needed for them too, but kids seem to acquire most of the camping scraps and cuts.

  • Thermometer
  • Children’s acetaminophen (Tylenol)
  • Children’s Ibuprofen (Motrin)
  • Band-aids (kid designs recommended!)
  • Nose spray
  • Saline solution (for dry eyes or cleaning out wounds)
  • Children’s cough medicine
  • Children’s anti-diarrhea medicine (Imodium)
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Gauze
  • Gauze pads
  • Alcohol wipes
  • Ace bandage
  • Butterfly closure strips
  • First aid medical tape
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Children’s antihistamine (Benadryl)
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Calamine lotion
  • Cotton balls
  • Q-tips
  • Epi-pen (if needed)
  • Instant cold compress or ice-pack
  • Burn relief gel or spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Aloe
  • Bug spray
  • Finger splint

Other Camping Safety Items

Beyond the actual camping first aid kit for kids, there are a few other items that are good to have.

  • Bouillon cubes– These can offer you some good electrolytes should you need them quickly. Plus, bouillon cubes are an emergency meal, and they can settle an upset stomach.
  • Carbon monoxide and propane detector-Newer RV’s or hard sided trailers will typically come with these. However, older models or pop-ups will not always have them. We found a portable battery operated carbon monoxide detector to place in our camper. It’s not as big of a concern in a pop-up since there is some ventilation, but it is still a good safety precaution.
  • Bear spray– This is mace, but it comes in a can that sprays further than mace designed to be used on humans. This can also come in handy for snakes or humans too.
  • Emergency poncho-These ponchos pack up really small and can be useful in an unexpected rain storm.
  • Emergency blanket-An extra blanket can come in handy for the cold, a place to sit on the ground, or by the fire.
  • Water purification tablets-I would only use these in case of an emergency. They are small and pack-able, and could quite literally save your life.
  • Fire extinguisher As mentioned here, you’ll want to have this if your campfire gets out of control. We all want to enjoy our s’mores in peace.

Nice to Have Campy Safety Items

I’ll admit that I do not own these safety items. These items are certainly nice to have if you want to be extra prepared:

  • Tourniquet– If you needed to, you could always make your own tourniquet, but these are designed for proper use and aren’t too pricey.
  • AED– These are expensive. But if you have any heart issues or a need for it, it could be a life saving device. Some of the newer ones will also instruct you through CPR.

Additional Camping Safety Tips

Bear Country

Remember you are usually in bear country when you are camping. Pack up all your food and trash into your car, RV, or designated bear locker. Tents and pop-ups are not adequate for food storage.

Poison Control

As a general rule, it’s best not to eat anything you don’t what it is. Did you ever see Into the Wild? Also, place all medications out of the reach of children. If needed, you can call poison control for free 24 hours a day. The number is (800) 222-1222.

Other Safety Resources

If you want to be extra prepared you can take CPR and First Classes or even Wilderness First Aid Classes. And if you are really into it, you can be trained as a Wilderness First Responder.

Phew, we’ve covered a lot of safety tips over the last few weeks. I feel like it’s important to also remember that even though accidents happen, they are rare and you are camping to relax, enjoy, and have fun. For our family, camping is a way to escape our regular day to day. These safety tips are not meant to be all doom and gloom, but as a way to be prepared. We’ll move away from this topic for now, and focus on lighter and more fun things to come. In the meantime, do you have any other safety tips?

Campfire Safety for Kids

campfire safety for kids
Safely roasting marshmallows

Learning about campfire safety for kids is a must prior to any campfire around young children. It’s also one of my biggest fears so it helps me to have a plan in place to prevent any accidents.

Campfires and camping go hand-in-hand, and can be great experience. The smell of the smoke, making s’mores, telling spooky stories, and stargazing are all things I love while gathering around the fire. However, campfires can be extremely dangerous if proper precautions are not taken.

Campfire Safety for Kids

Here’s a list of tips and things to talk about with your children before being around a campfire. This is for personal safety as well as to prevent forest fires.

  • Educate kids about the seriousness of a campfire
  • Play a pretend campfire game with kids to teach them about the fire
  • No rough housing, running or playing around the fire
  • Create a do not cross line to be aware of the appropriate distance
  • Adult supervision is required at all times especially for roasting marshmallows
  • Do not throw things into the fire
  • Walk behind chairs rather than in front of chairs to prevent tripping into the fire
  • Stop, drop and roll if anything does catch on fire

Campfire Safety for Adults

Now for the adults. These tips can help you create safe campfire experiences.

  • Build your fire in an appropriate area. I only use a designated firepit, but for others that may be backpacking, follow these rules by Smokey Bear.
  • Throw all matches in the fire or make sure they are cool before throwing away
  • Abide by any fire bans. Especially here in Colorado, a dry season can create a big fire hazard.
  • Don’t let the fire get too big
  • Do not use fire accelerators like lighter fluid or gas
  • Do not leave the fire unattended by an adult
  • Wear tight fitting clothing to prevent loose sleeves from getting into the fire. Better yet, wool is most fire resistant fabric while cotton is one of the most flammable.
  • Stay sober. I know I talk about our camping cocktails, but seriously, here at Outdoorsy Mommy, I promote camping responsibly. Know your limits and keep your wits about you.
  • Make sure the fire is out before going to bed, by letting burn it out, then dowsing with water until the ashes are cool.
  • Keep a large bucket of water, blanket and fire extinguisher nearby

In Case of an Emergency:

  • As mentioned earlier, teach stop, drop, and roll
  • Know where the closest emergency room is located
  • Remove all clothing from burned skin. If it is stuck, cut as much clothing away as possible, and leave anything stuck to skin in place.
  • Place a cool towel over a burn until you can get to medical attention
  • See if your camp-host has a satellite phone for faster medical attention

These Smokey Bear coloring sheets can also help with your education as well as provide a fun camping activity.

Do you have any other campfire safety tips?