Do your kids spend too much time indoors? Do you spend too much time indoors? If so, it could be time you got outside to explore the great outdoors.
The problem is that this is not always popular with everyone in your family. If your kids are used to spending time watching TV or playing video games, you may have a job convincing them to get outside and enjoy some fresh air.
Here are some suggestions you can use to get your family more enthusiastic about the idea of getting outside.
Invest in Some New Gear
Your kids may be more enthusiastic about getting outdoors if you get them some new gear to take with them. Whether you want to go camping, hiking, or to do any other activity, take them to the store to buy new rucksacks, hiking boots, and gadgets like a GPS unit.
Here are some ideas for the gear you may want to invest in for hiking and camping. These are all things your kids will love, and it will help to get them in the mood to go outdoors.
Show Them Your New Set of Wheels
Nothing will get your family quite as excited as showing them your new set of wheels and inviting them along for an outdoor adventure. A new 4×4 like the 2016 Jeep Renegade should help to get them excited, and you can use it to either go on a road trip into the countryside or to go on a serious off-roading adventure.
Plan to Go Somewhere Amazing
Your family is going to be less excited if you take them to the local forest. So plan to go somewhere really cool where you will all experience different scenery compared to what you are used to back home.
Do a One-Day Outdoor Course
Why not go on a one-day outdoor course to learn some survival skills? Find out together how to make a shelter, light a fire, set a trap, and more. Make this into a fun day out, and you’ll all be ready to take your new skills on your next trip.
You don’t have to start with a huge outdoor adventure. Instead, consider starting small by buying a kite or a drone, something you can only use outside. Then enjoy an afternoon outdoors and this will help them realise how fun it can be.
Have a Good Excuse
Rather than just going out for the sake of being outdoors, have a purpose in mind. This could involve a photography safari or collecting interesting natural items for the home, like shells and rocks. Or do some stargazing at night when a meteor shower is overhead.
Another idea is to go geocaching (check out some beginner tips here). This new craze is proving very popular, and it is a great way to get outside and have fun.
Get Outdoors and Have Fun Together
There is nothing like getting outdoors and enjoying the natural world. There are so many ways that you can get outside and enjoy yourselves, but the challenge is making your family as enthusiastic as you are.
Don’t expect them to all suddenly want to get outdoors, and instead start small. Make regular suggestions to get out and about, and the more they realise how fun it is, the more enthusiastic they will be about your next outdoor experience.
Maddison Dennis is a bit of an adventure seeker! Having 2 kids hasn’t stopped her in her tracks either, she gets the whole family involved in her trips and outdoor activities. Her articles focus on outdoor activities the whole family can enjoy and appear on parenting and travel blogs.