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Don’t Forget These Items Before Heading off into the Outdoors

In the uncertain times we are living in, spending time in nature, away from the screens and the stress of daily life is one of the best ways to connect with your family and socially distance yourself from others. Not only is it a great time to go camping with your family, but it is also a great time for hikes and other outdoor activities.

Warm Clothes

Making sure to bring extra jackets, socks, hats, gloves, or blankets is the best way to keep your family happy and warm while in the great outdoors. Even in the summer, the temperature in the mountains can drop significantly by nightfall. You’ll want to make sure that you have enough layering items for the nighttime to keep your kids warm and help them to sleep soundly if you’re staying overnight.

Bug Repellent

While there are bug repellent sprays you can get at almost any store, there are also electronic mosquito repellents that may be a better option for your family. Electronic mosquito repellents have advantages over sprays and other bug repellents. Instead of needing to spray everyone throughout the night, you can use an electronic repellent that is portable and easy to use. If your family has any allergy sufferers, this is a much better option than a spray. Not only are they better for groups, but they are also safer for newborns and small children.

Extra Water

Depending on where you decide to camp, you may or may not have access to a waterspout. Just in case there is no access, and there usually isn’t in more rural sites, make sure to bring enough water for the entire family to drink and cook with, and an additional supply to keep by the fire to use for extinguishing the flames. Depending on any other activities you may be participating in and the weather outside, you may have to bring less. Making sure to stay hydrated is one of the most important things while doing any outdoor activities, especially if you are far from a safe water source. You can take large jugs of water, water bottles, coolers, and camelbacks depending on your family’s plans for your trip.

Spending time with your family in nature is one of the best ways to reconnect with each other and disconnect from the stress and business of everyday life. Making sure to bring the essentials like extra water and blankets, however, will turn your outdoor excursion into a less stressful (and warmer) vacation for your family.

Read this next: How to Make Rural Living More Comfortable

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