With Spring and Summer fast approaching, it’s almost time to get outside in nature with the family. There’s a handful of products you’re going to want to make sure you’ve got on hand before you head out into the great outdoors. Here are the top 5 things you’ll need for safe outdoor adventures with your family.
Bear Spray & Bells
Depending on where you’re going out into the wilderness, you’re going to want to pack some bear spray. This is especially important when bears are waking up out of hibernation in the spring. Bells help to make loud noises while hiking, making the bears wary of getting close. And it’s always good to be safe and have some bear spray with you in case they do get too close. The odds are you won’t need it but better safe than sorry.
If you’re heading out into nature, you’re likely not going to be foraging everything you eat, but you’ll want your food and drinks to stay cold. Some modern coolers are even bear-proof and seal airtight to help keep odors in, and wildlife away. Whether it’s a soft cooler, hard cooler, big or small, you just want to make sure you bring one along that fits everything you’ll need. If you’re out in the woods for more than a night, you’ll want a bigger one, say 55 quarts or larger, to keep all your family’s food and drinks ice cold.
First Aid Kit
Cuts, bruises, poison ivy – these are all things that just happen when out in the wilderness – especially with families. You should always be prepared with a first aid kit in the event of an injury while out on the trail. At a bare minimum, a first aid kit should include a sling, some antiseptic wipes and some band-aids and gauze. You’d be surprised how far you can get by with just that! Some may also include activated freezer packs, epi-pens and various others, but it just depends on your and your family’s concerns.
How many times did you hear your parents tell you to put on sunscreen as a kid? Do you now find yourself doing the same? Sunscreen is a crucial part of staying safe outdoors these days. UV Rays can be incredibly harmful, especially for young people so it’s important to start protection early. Most dermatologists recommend at least SPF 30 though if you have lighter skin and will be in the sun for longer periods, 50-60SPF or more may be recommended. Try find one that’s waterproof so you’re not constantly re-applying it after swimming or sweating.
Mosquitoes and other biting insects are just not annoying, they’re potentially harmful too. West Nile is an example of a disease caused by mosquito bites and can lead to some pretty serious side effects if you’re not careful. That’s why the CDC recommends an insect repellent like DEET, or a natural application like Eucalyptus Oil. You’ll want to cover any exposed skin to protect yourselves from the insects – just make sure that you use a safe product approved for use on young children less than 5 years old. Insect repellent is cheap and easy to apply, making it one of the best products to have when you’re out on outdoor adventures with the family.
While it can be fun to have outdoor adventures and be in nature, these are a few things you want to consider to make sure you and your family are safe the entire time. Happy Adventures!
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