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?

Family-Friendly Fun in Boulder, CO

Family-friendly things to do in Boulder

Boulder is continuously ranked as a best place to live in America. Additionally, it is the fittest city with the lowest obesity rates in the country. The one thing keeping people away is the steep housing market with the average home price at $1 million, arguably due to high demand and little to no new development.

Boulder is known for its active people, microbreweries, start-up companies, progressive views, and of course, its beautiful scenery right at the base of the foothills. The culture fosters a genuine focus on work/life balance. In nearly every job interview I’ve had or been a part of, a key question is, “What do you do for fun?”  

Boulder’s ridiculously fit people, wealth, and idealistic views can extreme, even intimidating enough to discourage people from pursuing their outdoor adventures here. However, there are plenty of family-friendly activities for children and adults alike. You certainly don’t have to be a professional rock climber or ultra-marathoner to enjoy Boulder-although, there are plenty. Most people are very friendly with an all-inclusive attitude. Just leave your Make America Great Again hat at home, and all will be fine.   

I would also argue that summer is the best time of year in Colorado. Of course, Colorado is known for its skiing which is fun too, but summertime is idyllic. The weather is just about perfect. There’s no humidity, hardly any bugs, little to no rain, warm days, and cool nights. Plus you can experience the outdoors without knowing how to ski and without all the winter gear. 

After living in the area for 14 years, I’ve adopted this place as my home. I feel fortunate to raise my kids here, and I want them to soak up everything this area has to offer. These are a few of my favorite spots to experience in Boulder with my kids in the summertime.

Pearl Street

Pearl Street is one of Boulder’s most well-known attractions with its unique shops, restaurants, views, and interesting people. This is always a fun family outing. Sometimes when we have no plans, we just come here to take a stroll and see where the day takes us.

I love taking the kids to the Boulder Book Store, and the Rocket Fizz candy store. Peppercorn always has free coffee samples, in addition to great home-goods. There are play areas throughout for the little ones. We usually don’t leave without a stop for ice-cream or gelato at Gelato Boy, Ben and Jerry’s or Lindsay’s Boulder Deli. The parents like to grab a beer at Mountain Sun Pub, Oskar Blues and West Flanders Brewing Company.

If you go at a busy time, the street performers will also keep you entertained. There is the guy that knows where every zip code is located in the U.S., the guy that folds himself in a small box, a fire thrower, musicians, and many other entertaining performers.  

Boulder Reservoir

Kid-friendly things to do in Boulder, CO
We rented a Pontoon boat on Boulder Reservoir with some friends.

Being from Florida, I love spending time on the water. The Boulder Reservoir has a sandy beach which sort of makes me feel like I’m at the ocean. Families can have a beach day right here in Boulder! Lay out some towels, bring the sand toys, and relax by the water. Rent a pontoon boat, SUP or kayak for a fun day. If you would like to host a gathering or just have a reserved area, picnic tables are available for rent with a designated sand volleyball court. Plan on an entrance fee of $7 for adults and $4 for kids.

Boulder County Farmer’s Market

The Boulder County Farmer’s Market is now open for the season. It’s held every Wednesday and Saturday until the fall. Local farmers have their produce for sale. Other merchants include bakeries, wineries, distilleries, arts and crafts, butchers and more! Plenty of food trucks are available so you won’t go hungry. Stay for live music which is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekly.

Boulder Creek

Kid-friendly things to do in Boulder, CO
Enjoying a fun family day on Boulder Creek

Boulder Creek has so many options for everyone! There is a paved path for a walk or bike ride. The Eben G. Fine Park contains a playground and a large grassy area for picnics and playtime. The Boulder Canyon Trail is along Boulder Creek for a hike.

And tubing! Rent tubes from one of these locations found here. Be prepared for cold water. The strength of the creek depends on the snow runoff and can sometimes be too dangerous. But in times when it is safe, it’s tons of fun. I would only recommend this for strong swimmers as the creek is just too unpredictable.

Valmont Bike Park

Things to do in Boulder
Views from Valmont Bike Park

This is one of our go to spots as a family. With 42 acres of trails, the VBP offers trails of varying difficulty. They even have a paved tot track as well as a tot pump track for little ones. When the younger kids get tired of riding, there is a playground onsite. This trail map shows everything the park has to offer with the greens being less difficult, blues being more difficult, and the orange represents the terrain park. I’ve seen everything from toddlers on Striders to people doing crazy tricks.  

Pavilions can be rented for birthday parties or events. There are restrooms and vending machines, but no concessions. If you are visiting from out of town, there are no rentals available at the bike park, but check in with any local bike shop. Rain and snow cause the park to close, so be sure to check out their Facebook page or Twitter after a storm.  

Biking itself is a very “Boulder activity”. So bring the whole family, bike, and picnic with gorgeous views of the Flatirons.

Chautauqua

Family things to do in Boulder, CO
Newborn hiking at Chautauqua in 2016

Speaking of the Flatirons, the scenery doesn’t get better than Chautauqua. Weddings and family photo-shoots are common sites for obvious reasons. Most people think of this as a great hiking spot, and it is, but it has so much more. An open field makes a great play area and picnic spot for kids. The Auditorium and Community House feature films, concerts and theater productions. Stay for happy hour or dinner at the Dining Hall, and even stay overnight in the lodge or one of the 58 cottages.

And of course the hiking is some of the best. My favorite and the most popular is the Royal Arch Trail. It’s moderately difficult with some steep climbs and three miles out and back. If that’s too much for your kiddos there are plenty of others to try.

As you can imagine, the popularity of Chautauqua brings lots of crowds and it’s difficult to find parking. Be sure to plan extra time to stay and enjoy.

Sunflower Farm

Sunflower Farm circa 2015

Longmont is in Boulder County where Sunflower Farm is located, so I’m including it, because everyone should check it out. From May until December, guests can visit to see and feed the farm animals like the goats, sheep, and llamas. Wondering about, are chickens, turkeys, and peacocks. Various play areas include a sand box and a John Deere Tractor.

Beyond the public visiting hours, the farm hosts summer camps, a preschool, and a school-age farm program. Of course, birthday parties can be held here as well. During public hours, be sure to book a reservation due to capacity restraints. Also, no food is served, but you can bring in your own lunch for a farm picnic.

All in all, Boulder, CO is a pretty great place to explore the outdoors whether you are a professional athlete, Joe Schmoe, or a child. Now the tough decision is where to go first? Let’s get outside and enjoy this beautiful place that I am lucky enough to call home.

Turquoise Lake in Leadville, CO

Turquoise Lake
Turquoise Lake

I like fun facts. Do you? Here’s a couple:

  1. Leadville is the highest incorporated town in the United States at 10,152 feet.
  2. I thought Turquoise Lake got it’s name from the blue sparkling water, but it was actually named after the mineral, turquoise, which was found nearby in Leadville’s mining days. Cool, right?

I hope really hope one of these is a question on trivia night.

Baby Doe Campsite

Baby Doe Campground
Baby Doe Campground Photo: Recreation.gov

This was our second time camping at Turquoise Lake and our first camping trip of this summer. For both trips, we camped at the Baby Doe Campground. It’s nestled away from the shoreline in the thick pine trees. The campground is made up of two loops like a figure eight. For the first time, we let our older son ride his bike around one of the loops with the “big” kids. Naturally this was his favorite campsite and favorite trip of the summer.

On every camping trip, we like to scope out the best sites for future trips. Our first time here, we camped at site 14, and our second time we were in site 43. From my perspective, site 14 is the best spot. It’s a large area and nestled back into the tress for additional privacy. You are also a little closer the water and can see the lake from your site. Site 43 was just fine, but we weren’t as thrilled with it.

Turquoise Lake
Sparkly water

The adults love this spot too. I kept taking pictures of the water and remarking how the picture does not do it justice, and I think it is a pretty good picture. Looking at the sparkling water, you can’t help but feel happy here. Unless you are an 18 month old. Then you cry. About EVERYTHING. If anyone is reading this and went camping when we were there, I am truly sorry. Our youngest son is having a crying phase. We aren’t exactly sure when it started or when it will stop, but if he isn’t on my hip, he cries. Sometimes, I have to do things like go to the bathroom, eat, get dressed, LIVE. If I do any of these things, he cries. At one point my husband was making dinner and asked if I could cut up apples for the kids. Sure if you don’t mind the wailing while I am cutting up the apple, or can it wait?

Amenities

Anywho, back to the Baby Doe campground. Here are the amenities:

  • Firewood for sale on site
  • Walk-up sites available
  • Drinking water
  • Vault toilets
  • Self pay station
  • Tables
  • Campfire rings

Turquoise Lake Nature Trail

The one time Wyatt wasn’t crying AND I wasn’t holding him was when he was in the hiking backpack. We did this short hike on the Turquoise Lake Nature Trail which is a 1.2 mile out and back trail along the shoreline. This is an easy, kid-friendly route through the lodgepole pines with views of the lake the whole way. If you are looking for a longer more challenging route, this trail connects to the Turquoise Lake Trail for an additional 6.4 miles. Family hike, check!

Turquoise Lake

Lodgepole pines
Lodgepole pines at Turquoise Lake

The dense trees by the campsite guards against the wind. We were blissfully unaware how much cooler and windier it was when we got to the lake. I’m not sure if it’s always that windy or if it was just a windy weekend. I did see some people braving the choppy water on paddle boards, kayaks and canoes, but we stuck to hiking for this trip. There is a boat ramp available and you can even water ski here. I’d recommend wearing a wet suit. We were perfectly happy just taking in the view. In different weather, the water activities would have been a great addition.

Despite all the crying, we are still happy we went. Are we crazy? Maybe. The thing is, our son would have been crying at home anyways. I get it though. It’s not for everyone. It is challenging and not always the most fun. Our oldest son has energy to burn so we can’t just sit around waiting for the crying phase to pass. We also enjoy the time together away from the usual distractions of life. I really hope we will look back at this phase and remember the happy moments and the memories we made.