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Article: Essentials To Pack For a Day Outdoors with the Family

Essentials To Pack For a Day Outdoors with the Family

Essentials To Pack For a Day Outdoors with the Family

Staying active doesn't just mean working out in a gym or taking some sort of fitness class. Spending time outdoors can be a refreshing and rejuvenating experience and a great way to get some much needed physical exercise. However, it's important to be prepared with the right essentials to make the most of your day. Whether you're planning on hiking, camping, or just spending a day at the park, here are some essential items to take with you for a day outdoors.

  1. Water and Snacks: Staying hydrated and fueled with the right nutrients is crucial for any outdoor adventure. Make sure to bring plenty of water and snacks that are easy to eat on the go, such as trail mix, energy bars, or fruit. Depending on where you're hiking and the weather, bringing an insulated bottle for yourself and your kids may be essential in keeping your liquids cold so that you can cool off along the hike. Also, buying snack mix ingredients (raisins, nuts, M&M's) in bulk and making your own trail mix is a great way to help save some money. 

  2. Sun Protection: Protecting your skin and eyes from the sun is important to prevent sunburn, dehydration, and other health issues. Even when it's not sunny outside it's easy to get burned even when it's overcast or there's cloud cover. Especially when hiking with your kids, their skin is still developing and very sensitive - Don't forget to pack sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses to keep yourself protected.

  3. Navigation Tools: When going on an adventure, chances are you're exploring somewhere you haven't been before. If you're planning on exploring new areas or going off-trail, it's important to bring navigation tools such as a map, compass, or GPS device. This will help you stay on track and avoid getting lost.

  4. First Aid Kit: This is something as a new parent we overlooked quite a bit. It's better to have and not need, than to need and not have. Accidents can happen at any time, so it's always a good idea to bring a first aid kit. Make sure to include essentials such as bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, and any necessary prescription medications.

  5. Extra Clothing: Always plan ahead! Weather conditions can change quickly outdoors, so it's important to bring extra clothing to stay warm and dry. This includes a rain jacket, warm layers, and a change of socks.

  6. Multi-Tool: This is something small, light and versatile. A multi-tool can come in handy for a variety of tasks, such as cutting rope or opening cans. It's a versatile and compact tool that can be a lifesaver in certain situations.

  7. Lighting: This is only needed if you're planning on spending the entire day out or making an overnight trip of it. If you're planning on spending the day outdoors and staying until after dark, it's important to bring lighting such as a flashlight or headlamp. This will help you navigate in the dark and stay safe.

  8. Insect Repellent: Never leave home without it! Insects can be a nuisance and even a health hazard, so it's important to bring insect repellent to protect yourself from bites and stings. Look for repellents that contain DEET or other effective ingredients. Here is a list of great kid recommended insect repellants to consider before heading out for a day of fun in the sun.

  9. Communication Device: In case of an emergency or if you need to contact someone, it's important to have a communication device such as a cell phone or two-way radio. Also, consider where you are headed, in some instances cell coverage may be sparse or non-existent. Make sure to plan ahead & to bring a fully charged device or portable chargers or batteries.

By packing these essential items, you can ensure that you're prepared for a day outdoors and can enjoy your adventure safely and comfortably. Don't forget to check the weather forecast and pack accordingly, and always let someone know where you're going and when you expect to return. Happy adventuring!

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