A family trip is a great chance to reconnect, spend some time together, and enjoy each other’s company. A fun type of trip you can try with your kids is a trip to nature. Even though you have a lot of things to think about, everyone will enjoy a bit of peace and quiet. And if you do need any help on how to prepare for an adventure like this, here are some useful tips.
Why spending time in nature is beneficial
Firstly, let’s talk about why spending time in nature is beneficial for your kids as well, not only for you. The most obvious reason is the fresh air, and getting away from the crowd, noise and our hectic daily lives. Your lungs will certainly be cleared and that applies to your head as well, because spending time in the natural surroundings has been proven to have positive effects on concentration and state of mind in general. Besides this, it is good for children to get in touch with nature and learn to appreciate it. And what better way to do it than a family trip? It is also a great way to reduce stress from your work or even school. Experiencing the power of nature can help you up your game in keeping the environment safe, and it is especially important to teach your children that as well. After all, getting to know different plants, animals, and stargazing is something everyone enjoys.
What necessities to bring
You have to prepare very carefully for your trip to nature. The weather and other conditions may surprise you, so make sure you check your bags before you go. First of all, a camping sleeping bag is mandatory, because it will keep you warm and dry wherever you decide to sleep the night. Another important piece of advice is to pack for all weather conditions. Bring a few wind jackets, raincoats, comfortable shoes and of course some t-shirts and sweatpants to change if you get dirty or wet, which you probably will. Bug and mosquito repellant, as well as SPF and a first aid kit, should be on your checklist as well. Apart from these essentials, there are some basic toiletries you’ll need, like toilet paper, soap, hand sanitizer, toothbrushes, and pastes. If your kids are young, make sure you bring some of their toys or whatever makes them feel safe, so they don’t feel threatened. Along with this, you can bring board games or playing cards for the whole family. As for the food, you should bring some fuel, a grill, essential dishes, water, bottles, paper towels, and of course whatever food you like. If you don’t have a cooling bag, make sure you bring food that will not go bad easily. And remember to bring some sweets for the kids. Some of the additional items you are going to need are flashlights, sheets, blanket, pillows, and a basic repair kit, in case you need it.
Fun activities for the whole family
There isn’t enough time to write about all the exciting activities you can try. Hiking is just one of them, where you can teach your children about the nature around them. You can teach them to fish, and even eat the fish if you catch it. As we already mentioned, board and card games are a good daytime activity when you want to rest a bit. At night you can stargaze, or something most kids love-tell scary stories (if they are not too scared of it). If there is water nearby, you can even go swimming and enjoy a day of fun water activities. Singing songs and dancing is one more fun activity, especially if you bring a guitar. Explore some wildlife around, and maybe you will find an animal, which your kids will love. Another fun activity for the whole family is to organize a scavenger hunt and have a reward for the winner.
Family trips to nature are some of the most exciting memories you and your kids will have. It is a great way to get them interested in nature and teach them something as well. With our list of activities and necessities, we are sure you will have a great time while staying safe and protected.