By Sonia Barrish
We’ve all heard how getting outside is good for our physical and mental health. It’s also extremely important in our sedentary modern society. But sometimes, with children in tow, it can all feel like a bit too much to execute an outdoor adventure.
Here are five easy ways to help you get outside more starting today.
Pick small adventures, often.
While packing up your bags and heading out in a campervan all summer long might sound nice, realistically, it’s not possible for everyone. Instead, pick small adventures. Even a trip to the local park, or beach after dinner can be a great escapade! Plus, it has the added bonus of wearing your kids out before bed. In fact, in European countries where living in apartments is the norm, the playground is often a busy place in the late summer evenings!
By going out often, you’re also letting your kids see that spending time outdoors is a part of everyday life – not just to be saved for the odd occasion.
Start ’em young.
As cliché as it might sound, this saying definitely holds true. Often I hear people say; “But it’s so hard when you’ve gotta take nappies, and everything else! We’ll wait until they’re older.” But it’s actually much harder to try and introduce your teenager to your favourite pre-kids activity that you just put on hold for the last 15 years.
Kids thrive outdoors. There’s so much to see, smell, hear, taste and touch. And the sooner you nurture this love, and take your kids outside to explore, the more comfortable they will be outside, and the more they will want to be outside!
Protect yourself from the elements.
Sunburn and itchy bites can definitely put a damper on a trip. But luckily Back to the Wild has natural sunscreens and insect repellents that are not only affordable, but they’re also safe even for the smallest ones in your family. Using only natural skin-loving ingredients, their products nourish skin, and are perfect for spending all day, every day outside.
If you do happen to get an itchy bite, their Kawakawa Balm is perfect for calming, soothing, and taking the itch away.