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World Wanderers Program

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Safely Get Outdoors!
Here are some tips on safe
hiking and camping. 

Ready to explore the great outdoors with your family? We know it can be overwhelming to plan a safe and enjoyable camping trip, especially with little ones in tow. That's why we've put together this guide to get you started, packed with insights from a professional adventurer and fellow community member Jerry Gamez!

Before You Go:
  • Always check the weather forecast and trail conditions.

  • Let someone know your planned route, estimated return time, and who you'll be with.


This list covers some the essentials for a successful trip, whether it's a day hike or a multi-day adventure:


    • Shelter: Tent & sleeping bags (appropriate for the weather)

    • Comfort: Camping chairs (optional)

    • Safety:

      • First-aid kit (including essentials like Benadryl, Narcan, and a variety of bandages)

      • Flashlights & headlamps

      • Fire starter & safety gear (check fire restrictions before your trip)

      • Whistle for signaling for help

    • Navigation: Maps & a compass (or a reliable navigation app downloaded for offline use)

    • Hydration: Water purification tablets or filter, plenty of water

    • Sun Protection: Sunscreen & insect repellent

    • Hygiene: Hand sanitizer, toilet paper & trowel (for backcountry camping)

    • Essentials: Cash (some parks are cashless), multi-tool or knife for minor repairs

    • Food: Snacks

    • Power: Solar charger to keep your devices powered, extra headlamp batteries

    • Clean Up: Trash bags (leave no trace!)


  • Packing Smart:

    • Pack layers for changing weather conditions.

    • Pack comfortable clothes for both hiking and relaxing at camp.


Essential Knowledge:

  • Wildlife Encounters: Learn about the animals you might encounter on your hike and how to stay safe.

  • Staying Hydrated: Dehydration is a serious risk. Pack plenty of water and know the signs of dehydration.

  • Be Prepared for Emergencies: Learn basic first-aid and CPR. Pack a whistle for signaling for help.


Finding the Perfect Spot:

  • Beginner-Friendly Locations: Consider starting with campgrounds with amenities like bathrooms and showers, especially for families with young children. Washington State Park's website often has a list of nearby campgrounds with descriptions of their amenities and the Washington Trail Association has a similar list of hiking trails.

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