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As a child, my family spent most of our summers exploring the great outdoors. We would camp on the beach, swim in hot springs and fish on Lake Superior. Those are some of my favorite, most memorable experiences growing up. Now as a mother, it’s important to me that my children grow up making similar memories. I want them to be able to look back and appreciate the beautiful world we live in. I want them to explore and learn things they cannot obtain from a book, or from the comfort of our own home.
Since we recently moved to an island, there is absolutely no excuse to stay indoors. This beautiful place has far too much to offer! From hiking to scuba diving, waterfalls and beaches- the activities are endless. So regardless what your next outdoor adventure may be, I hope you find these tips helpful!
Do Your Research
When planning a trip, this is the first and most important step. Educating yourself on the destination will help you better prepare your family. How long is the hike? Is it pet friendly? Doing this as a family creates excitement and mentally prepares everyone. When we first told B that we were going on a hike, he assumed we were going to scale a mountain. Showing him pictures helped ease his anxiety and in turn, he had a better attitude.
I know this seems pretty obvious, but keep in mind that mother nature can change her mind at any given moment. Keep an eye on the weather, and be prepared for anything. When hiking, we wear comfortable shoes, but always pack flip flops for trails that involve waterfalls or pools. Whatever your climate may be, wear whatever is most comfortable.
Living in a warm climate, we try to start our excursions in the morning. It’s not as hot, you have more energy, and the kids are usually less cranky. Of course, this works for my family, but do whatever works best for you. If your little one takes an early nap, prepare to go after resting time.
Protect Your Skin
I am crazy when it comes to applying sunscreen on my children and myself. Because we’re constantly exposed to the sun, I use a minimum of spf 50 and apply it often- even on cloudy days. For additional protection, I recommend bringing a comfortable hat. This helped keep the sun out of my eyes and hair out of my face. I would also suggest investing in a quality bug repellant to wear off mosquitos and ticks.
Bring A Basic First Aid Kit
This is something that we always try to have on hand, no matter what activity we have planned. Just something small and simple to throw in a backpack will work! I cannot tell you how many times my boys hurt themselves. Whether it’s a small burn, or a big gash on the thumb, it’s necessary to be prepared.
Pack Enough Snacks And Water
When you think you’ve packed enough water, pack more! We usually bring two oversized containers full of ice water wherever we go. And whatever you do, don’t forget the snacks! Our favorite snack to pack is Snack Factory® Pretzel Crips® or Snyder’s of Hanover® Pretzels. When exerting a lot of energy, it’s important to stop and take a moment to refuel. We especially enjoy snacking on Everything Pretzel Crips®, but with a large selection of flavors, there’s something for everyone’s summer cravings!
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Lastly, Don’t Forget The Camera
These moments are all about creating memories and bonding as a family. Document your journey so one day you can look back and relive those incredible experiences. Once in a while, give the kiddos the camera, it’s fun to view things from their perspective!
Like this shot, courtesy of my little photographer in training!
If I were to enter the sweepstakes, I would definitely share this family snacking moment. Just a mama and her baby, snacking while exploring the world.