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Published on June 17, 2013

Discovering the Great Outdoors

June 17, 2013

CampingAs the weather warms up, you and your family are ready to make a date with Mother Nature. The Great Outdoors offers fun ways to enjoy the summer season and bond as a family. Try these tips for getting more out of the outdoors while keeping your family happy and healthy this summer.

Begin planning your outing by considering your family’s skill level at outdoor activities. If you’ve never been camping before, several nights in an unfamiliar location may be too much of a challenge. Instead, choose activities that are at or below your family’s skill level to reduce the risk of injury.

Whether you’re packing for a day camping trip or planning a few nights under the stars, start with this checklist of essentials:

  • Cookware
  • Favorite campfire foods, such as s’mores and healthy grilling options
  • First aid supplies
  • Fishing equipment
  • Flashlights or lanterns
  • Games
  • Garbage and laundry bags
  • Insect repellent
  • Matches
  • Portable chairs and table
  • Rain gear
  • Sleeping supplies
  • Sunglasses
  • Tent
  • Toilet paper
  • Water

Take a Hike

If your family isn't quite ready for the commitment of spending one or more nights camping, plan a day trip the whole family can enjoy. Hiking is a great way to incorporate physical activity while taking in the beauty of nature. Research parks and hiking trails in your area, and pack a picnic and snacks to enjoy as you and your loved ones hit the trails. Spend time enjoying the natural views and wildlife, and don’t forget to follow park or trail rules to keep your family safe and the environment clean. Pack plenty of water to keep your family hydrated in the summer heat.

Sources: medicinenet.com, ncbi.nlm.nih.gov, and llbean.com

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