Preparing Your Little One For Outdoor Adventures

It Happened…

My worst outdoor nightmare. I will never be able to forget how unprepared and sick I felt. There I was coming back from the bathroom, the line was out the door, and my kid is throwing up. Right in front of the visitors center at the Hoh Rainforest. Everyone is watching as I scrambled to get over to him. 

He’s crying and obviously embarrassed. Kelly’s family did their best to help us. Covered in throw up he comes and gives me a big hug. In that moment, I realized, I didn’t bring any extra clothes…for either of us! We are almost two hours from where we were staying and now we are both covered in throw up.


I’m telling you this so you can prepare for sweet moments like this.

Here are a few tips on preparing yourself (and your younger kids) for the outdoors:

  1. Extra clothing. Bring two pairs, one extra pair isn’t enough. Pack one set in your backpack and leave the other in the car. Accidents happen.
  2. First Aid. This is super important for those booboos. Things like band-aids, wipes and my personal favorite, Neo To-Go.
  3. Insect repellent. Bugs out in the woods can get crazy. The mosquitoes love our kids!
  4. Sunscreen. We’ve all been there and have forgotten this step. It’s an easy one to forget.
  5. Snacks. Never get caught without snacks for your little one. Avoid the disaster. Snacks are perfect for when your little one gets tired and they need some enticing to make it back to the car.
  6. Water bottle. This is important and easy to forget to pack your little one with. Make sure to keep them really hydrated, encourage them to drink along the way. It’s super easy for them to become dehydrated.
  7. Keep them warm! In the PNW it gets cold fast. Make sure to pack a light jacket and maybe even a raincoat.
  8. Don’t forget to have fun! Make stops along the way. Play in the dirt and show your little one what it means to have fun.

I would love to hear about your adventures! Leave me your story in the comments section.

Happy Trails!


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