If it’s cold, wet, snowy or all of the above outside then your first thought might not be ‘let’s go out!’.
But there are plenty of great winter activities for you and your family to go out and enjoy. After all, we all have happy memories of playing in the snow as children; it’s a fundamental part of growing up.
Picking the right activity is one part but being well-prepared is equally as important. Here are a few things that will help your outdoor adventure go smoothly.
The Right Clothing
You need to dress appropriately for what you’re doing.
When it comes to layers, you can always take them off if you’re too warm, so don’t be shy to get everyone wrapped up. Make sure you’ve got a suitable base, middle and outer layer to face the elements. One option is to wear horse riding tights. They’re high quality and built to face the rugged outdoors.
For the kids especially, hats and gloves are essential. If it’s a snowy activity, a pair of goggles might be an idea. Proper footwear is important as well; make sure the kids have waterproof boots on to avoid any tears over cold and wet feet.
Again, being over-prepared is best when it comes to packing for a day out.
What do you need for the adventure ahead: do you need a map? Do you need matches and a lighter? It may sound a little OTT, but these things are worth having if you’re going a little more adventurous.
On a lighter note, lots of water and snacks are a good idea for any trip out. Depending on the age of your children, a quick drink or a chocolate bar can go a long way to help if they’re on the verge of getting fed up.
If it’s the kids’ first time adventuring out into the great outdoors, it’s best to keep it simple.
Maybe it’s obvious, but if you’ve got toddlers, start off small and go and build a snowman or take them to the local stream. If they’re a bit older, a walk might be good, but don’t go too far.
If you’re the type of family to do this more often then you can slowly build things up but starting small is the best way to have a good time and get the kids engaged.
The Right Attitude
One more thing to pack: the right attitude.
There’s a good chance it’s going to be cold and there’s a decent chance of getting wet as well. It’s important to let your kids know what to expect and for everyone to embrace the wonders of the outdoors.
If it rains, get wet and jump in some puddles. If it’s snowing, start throwing snowballs. The mud will wash off. You get the idea.
A winter outdoor activity can be a great way to capture your child’s imagination and introduce them to things they haven’t seen before, so don’t be afraid to get outside and have some fun.
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