Experienced or not in adventuring with kids, building fun memories outdoors will last forever. Being prepared will allow you and the kids to appreciate each adventure on a deeper level and you explore a rich new level of companionship. Your trips in the wilderness don’t have to come to a screeching halt just because you have munchkins in tow.
1. Let your love for the outdoors rub off on your kids. There are adults who have never slept in a tent under the stars and don’t know what they are missing in natural fun and adventure. Start off with a backyard play area and move on to camping, skiing, canoeing and infinity.
2. It pays to buy quality kids gear. If you are an outdoor enthusiast you know this to be true of your own gear. Kid-tested quality matters.
3. Kid appropriate activities only. Climbing ice and snow-capped mountains with a toddler or an infant strapped to your back doesn’t work. Camp more often and opt for activities that are not dangerous.
4. Slow down. If you are in the carrying mode, your work out just increased so cutting the hike in two-parts still works. If they are walking, their curiosity will call for innumerable stops and lessen the chances for blisters on your feet. Learn how to enjoy taking the time to stop and smell the roses, and giving the frogs names.
5. Traveling by air is possible. Make use of red eye flights and traveling at night, to avoid the crowds and the chance that kids might sleep the entire trip. Kids under two fly free on your lap. Book the whole row of seats.
6. Can do car trips. Bring snacks, and coloring books, word searches, they make games for traveling now like, “Trouble” in compact versions. Keep back some surprises for them, don’t let them know everything you have packed just for them on the trip.
7. Sleep like a baby. All of that fresh air and outdoor activity adds color to the cheeks and expands the lungs, gives them hearty appetites and they and you will sleep soundly. The kids are happy to not have to use their indoor voices and sit at attention. Make good use of it.
8. Snacks rule. On outdoor adventures, kids are out of the habit of what goes on at home, and will eat more healthily. You can give a kid in the outdoors tree bark and he will eat it, not quite but you get the idea. Things they may snub at home, they will eat now that they have worked up an appetite, organic energy bars, cut vegetables, granola and trail mix go down fast and are great finger foods.