Tips for Spending More Time Outdoors

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Tips for Spending More Time Outdoors

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Tips for Spending More Time Outdoors

Hiking and sports have always been really hard for my daughter. She has a motor processing disorder and has some mobility challenges. After years of therapy, we discovered that the best way for her to get stronger and improve her motor skills was to do regular things with friends and family. Going hiking is something we love to do as a family. Even though hikes are often challenging for her, she loves to spend time outdoors exploring, bird watching and sharing time with family. That is why we encourage her and support her so she can accomplish those difficult tasks and realize that she can do things that are hard.

Summer is almost here and with it, the opportunity for kids to spend more time outdoors and less time in front of a screen. If you’re looking to get your kids, boys or girls, more involved in sports or encourage them to spend more time outdoors this summer, here are some tips.

Tips for Spending More Time Outdoors this Summer

Add outdoor time to your summer schedule

We’re lucky to have a park with hiking trails just a few miles from our house. So, every day after breakfast, we head to the trail and hike for a couple of miles. Starting the day by spending some time outdoors sets us up for a positive start to our day.

Tips for Spending More Time Outdoors

Be prepared

Whether your kids are headed to soccer camp or a family hike, it’s important to be prepared. We have a backpack that’s always ready so that we can set off on an adventure on the spur of the moment.

Tips for Spending More Time Outdoors

In it, I include our outdoor essentials:

  • Water to stay hydrated
  • Snacks like granola bars or trail mix
  • Aveeno® Lotion Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Benadryl® for treating bug bites
  • NEOSPORIN® for treating scrapes and small cuts
  • BAND-AID® for protecting small wounds
  • Zyrtec® to treat any outdoor allergies

Before heading out, I always take Zyrtec® which helps me relieve my worst allergy symptoms so that I can enjoy spending time outdoors without having to worry about my allergies.

Tips for Spending More Time Outdoors

I also make sure to apply sunblock on everyone 30 minutes before heading outdoors. I use Aveeno® Protect + Hydrate Lotion Sunscreen because it’s oil free and absorbs quickly. It’s also water resistant.

Tips for Spending More Time Outdoors

Get kids involved

From the backyard and the park to the local beach or lake, there are always lots of places to explore around your neighborhood and beyond. Encouraging kids to come up with their own idea for activities and places to explores keeps them curious and excited about spending more time outdoors.

Tips for Spending More Time Outdoors

Make it fun

You can make outdoor time more for kids by planning fun activities. From scavenger hunts to birdwatching and kayaking, there are lots of ways to make spending time outdoors exciting. We love to look for birds and other wildlife every time we are outside. The kids have gotten really good at recognizing different bird species.

Tips for Spending More Time Outdoors

Mixing up different activities from playing sports outdoors to hiking, camping or kayaking keeps things interesting and exciting.

Tips for Spending More Time Outdoors

Tips for Spending More Time Outdoors

Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

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8 thoughts on “Tips for Spending More Time Outdoors”

  1. I wish it were easier to spend time outdoors in Los Angeles but… It’s just not appetizing here. Sure, we can go on walks but then we are left with the exhaust in our faces – ha! There are hiking trails and whatnot too, but it takes a long time to get to them, thus I find myself unmotivated when I get there. I am a girl from Wyoming who appreciates the outdoors – so LOS ANGELES is so vastly different from what I am used to.

  2. As much as I’m outside you’d think I’d be using bug spray lol. Thank you for reminding me to get some, I’m always getting bit by mosquitoes where I’m from due the late afternoons when the sun goes down.

    • This summer our family too has decided to spend at least two hours outdoors. It is good for our physical fitness. We are regularly going to park, we play there and do brisk walk for few minutes. Thank you for the list of the things to carry. And I didn’t know about Johnson’s new campaign. I am excited about it. We are regular users of Johnson’s.

  3. Quite a cool post. During setting out for somewhere, we often forget essentials we should be having in our carry-on luggage. These tips are going to help if we can remember.

  4. I love your outdoor essentials! I too never go out without my go-to ointments and patches just to make sure nothing can spoil out time.


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