Kids can benefit greatly from spending time outdoors. It’s not hard to raise an outdoor lover; you just need to keep certain things in mind.
Raising an Outdoor Lover
If you want to turn your offspring into a backpacker, or someone who cannot get enough of nature, the key is to make it all about the fun.
Bring Friends Along
At first, the great outdoors can be scary for a child. Make it a friendlier experience by bringing their closest friend along. Better yet, get a group together with kids and adults so you both have interesting company.
Let Them Take Charge
Kids love to help. Take advantage of that and give them a task. Have them assist you in setting up the tent, find wood (within sight) to build a fire, or help pull out the sleeping bags. Feeling involved will make things more enjoyable.
Get Creative Around the Campfire
Tell them some fun stories – preferably, one that isn’t scary. You can make up stories about outdoor super heroes and their powers on outdoor trips. Use your imagination and keep them entertained.
Pack Kid-Friendly Bags
When you’re traveling with kids, smart packing is essential. You don’t want to be caught off guard in the middle of nowhere. Start by packing water, snacks, and a jacket. Make sure you bring the right sneakers along, especially if you’re planning on walking in rough conditions. Don’t be afraid to let loose and pack some treats too, that can lighten up the trip and generate a relaxed environment. If you’re traveling with young children, don’t forget to pack comfort items, like a teddy bear or a blanket they love.
Make Enjoyable Meals
Having a meal outdoors is one of the most important parts of the trip, especially when you’re introducing kids to this environment. You want to be excited and remain that way for future trips, so everything counts, down to the last detail. Recreate their favorite meals on your trip – the easy ones, of course. Make them some quesadillas, mac ‘n’ cheese, or anything else that they’ll find tasty, and steer clear of unfamiliar, frozen meals.
Share the Beauty of Colorado with Your Children
There’s no better time than the present to get your kids involved with nature. Mile Hi Rafting offers great adventures in Colorado for you and children to enjoy. Give us a call and we’ll help you plan the trip that will turn your kids into outdoor enthusiasts.