Dwindling campfire at dawn – Image Courtesy of Pixabay
You might be thinking there’s no such thing as a hassle free outdoor adventure with the kids. You might be right. On the other hand, there are many things you can do to reduce stress.
Bring the Indoors with You
Most people think an outdoor holiday means camping. While camping is fun, it can be tricky for the inexperienced and miserable if you end up being caught in bad weather. Fortunately, you can bring them indoors with you. Caravans and trailers are excellent for providing the luxuries of home while out in the wilderness. And then there are hybrid campers for getting out into some rugged terrain where most caravans can’t go. Alternatively, you might want to consider glamping if you like the benefit of being outdoors, with somewhere to retreat and check your DMs.
Learn the Basics and Take Essentials
One of the biggest mistakes people make when going outdoors is not taking the essentials they need and learning how to use them. For example, if you are trekking, you need some serious camping skills. You could be out in the wilderness for days. So, you need to know how to build a fire and put up a tent. Fortunately, you can get things to make these easier, like firelighters, gas camping stoves and even pop out tents. But always make sure you take things you need like a reliable knife, a multi-tool, a first aid kit and sleeping bags. It can get pretty cold at night.
A Hassle-Free Outdoor Adventure Respects the Weather
Always plan your trip based on the weather. With all the apps and news channels these days, there’s really no excuse for getting caught in bad weather. However, the weather can change even if you plan ahead. So always make provisions for adverse climates. Take plenty of pegs and tarps for your tents, and set up camp in areas that can break the wind. Thunderstorms are particularly dangerous. Anything more than 30 mph will lift a tent. So take shelter during a storm. Your tent is not a shelter and is really dangerous as it can blow away or crumble.
Plan Your Day Activities Ahead of Time
Planning ahead is always a great idea for reducing stress. When you make plans, you can get everyone on the same page, and you know what needs to be done and by when. For instance, if you have a Segway trek booked for 1 pm, you know you need to be cleaned, fed, packed and moved by 12 pm. Fortunately, it’s simple to plan your activities. All you need is a pen and paper. And put the itinerary somewhere everyone can see it, like on the caravan door or DM to everyone’s phone. Then there’s no excuse for people not being ready when they should be.
Include the Whole Family in What to Do
Further to making plans, it helps if you include everyone in decision making. This is especially helpful for families with toddlers, young kids and teens. Essentially, it’s best to make sure everyone gets to enjoy something. For example, you could visit the tots’ adventure land on Monday, go wall climbing on Wednesday and then visit a local water park before you leave on Friday. Fun for all the family, and everyone gets to enjoy at least one thing they really want to do. Then everyone goes home feeling like they had the best holiday ever, until next year.
You can make your outdoor holiday a fantastic experience with a roof over your head from a caravan or camper. It’s also best to learn camping skills and include everyone in decisions.