Nothing beats the fresh, crisp air that you breathe when you’re outdoors embracing everything nature has to offer. With the global pandemic ever evolving, most of us could really benefit from a much-needed break from the chaos. If you’re tired of the same mundane routine, plan a family trip to the desert, mountains, or the beach.
When you finally choose a destination, the next big task is making sure you pack everything you need to be fully prepared for the getaway. Although it may sound simple, packing for yourself and your children can be quite an overwhelming task. Here at Tobiq, we want to make sure you remember to pack these 5 essentials for your next trip outdoors:
When you and your family are exploring an unfamiliar location in the great outdoors, it’s important to wear the right attire for the occasion. Whether you’re hiking in the mountains or camping in the desert, athletic gear will surely come in handy. Consider bringing stretchy bottoms such as leggings, yoga pants, and shorts.
Footwear can become a hang-up for some packers. Consider bringing two pairs: one with great support and traction for hiking and exploring; another more lightweight, open-toed option to let your feet feel the fresh air after a long day of adventure. Don’t forget to pack extra socks for yourself and the kids, as well as thin and thick jackets for the warmer days and cooler nights.
An outdoor trip is incomplete without some sun protection. Sunscreen is crucial to avoid those painful sunburns. You and your children should apply sunscreen throughout the day, even if you don’t think those UV rays are shining bright. A formula that offers SPF 30 or greater is recommended for extended outdoor activity. Packing hats and sunglasses is also a wonderful addition for those long hikes and hours of exploration. It’s good to be in the sun, but not blinded and burned by it. Keep those hats and glasses handy so you can comfortably take in the beautiful scenery and views!
First Aid Kit
First Aid Kits should be at the top of your packing list because they are critical for remedying minor injuries. Kids have a way for finding the most dangerous objects to play with in nature! No fear + little experience in the outdoors is a recipe for adventure…and injury. Your first aid kit should be equipped with tweezers, tiny scissors, band aids, gauze, antiseptic, adhesive, and bug spray to get you started. This will work wonders for cleaning out scrapes and cuts to eliminate the threat of infection. If the new hiking shoes you brought are rubbing you the wrong way, have some blister band aids on hand! They work wonders for extending hours of fun when tender feet have been rubbed the wrong way.
Lots of Water
Bringing an abundance of water seems like a no brainer, but it can often be overlooked in the madness of prepping for the vacation. Physical activity will require you to drink more water than usual, so it’s best to bring more than you think you’ll need just to be safe. If you run out of water, dont trust open water sources to fill your flask. Have a portable water filter with you for emergency use if you cannot access your original water source. My kids love having their own hydro-pack to sip on as they explore. It keeps them hydrated and makes them feel in charge of their own bodies—a win win.
Last but not least, packing essential snacks to eat along your adventure is crucial to replenishing energy and nutrients. Fueling your body with protein will help keep you full longer and give you that much-needed boost to power through your hikes. Examples of snacks that are perfect for on-the-go munching include trail mixes, beef jerky, protein bars, pre-made sandwiches, and dried fruits. Don’t forget about the electrolyte drinks, because those will also help replenish fluids and keep you hydrated all weekend long!
Remember to tag us if our bag helps you organize your outdoor fun. We always love hearing from you and being inspired by your adventures. Stay safe and enjoy the ourdoors, Tobiq Travelers!