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Spring Essentials For Outdoor Families

If your family loves the great outdoors, you’ll know that no amount of wind or rain will ruin your spring time adventures. As Billy Connolly once said, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothing…” and this is incredibly true for our family. Come rain or shine, we want to make the most of the amazing countryside around us, which means we need to have the right gear to ensure everyone stays warm and dry while exploring. So if you’re looking for the best outdoor gear to keep your family warm and dry this spring time, keep reading as we cover the best spring essentials for outdoor families. 

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Getting outside and immersing yourself in nature is fun for all the family, but in order to make it more enjoyable for your clan, you are going to want to check out these spring essentials for outdoor families. Today, we’re going to be diving a little deeper into the following:

  • Lightweight Jackets
  • Leak-Proof Water Bottles
  • Footwear For All Occasions
  • A Practical Bag
  • Mini First Aid Kit

Let’s take a look at each in turn! 

Lightweight Jackets

Spring can be unpredictable when it comes to the weather, especially if you’re planning to start your outdoor adventure early and carry on exploring throughout the day. You are going to want to look for lightweight, weatherproof jackets for all the family. A lightweight jacket means no one will overheat or complain about carrying their jacket. For those pesky spring showers, waterproof jackets are a total must-have. 

Wearing the Beachcomber Jacket from Lighthouse Clothing on a very rainy day.

I love the waterproof and lightweight jackets from Lighthouse Clothing. This company knows how important the great outdoors is to people and combines stylish designs with the simplicity of enjoying nature to the max. For sunny, yet slightly chilly days, I like opting for a gilet as they add a nice little layer of warmth and a barrier against the rain, all without bogging you down too much. The Laurel Gilet has been my best friend on the school run as well as spring dog walks and adventures with the kids. For rainier days, the gorgeous lightweight Beachcomber jacket in Marine Blue has kept me warm and dry. Lighthouse Clothing also caters for men and children, so if you’re looking for some hardy and stylish jackets for spring, I would definitely recommend them!

Leak-Proof Water Bottles

I cannot stress enough how important it is to ensure that your family’s water bottles are all leak-proof! There is nothing worse than discovering that your water bottle has leaked in the bottom of your backpack and drenched all your spare clothes, or even worse, your snacks! 

I always opt for stainless steel insulated water bottles that have a screw top. Not only do these bottles ensure that there will be definitely no leakage, they also keep your drinks lovely and cool.

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Footwear For All Occasions 

There are a few choices when it comes to footwear for your family adventures. Depending on the type of outdoor activity you’re partaking in, you may want to switch up your footwear. 

For exploring new towns, cities, or national trust properties, I have found that a good pair of comfy trainers is the best option. They’re not heavy and if you’re not walking through woodland or squelching through puddles, you should be just fine. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a short family walk – such as a trail – you may want to opt for the classic wellies!

However, if you are planning to enjoy the great outdoors to the max and go on a long walk or hike, you may prefer to kit your family out with walking shoes or walking boots. I prefer walking boots as they provide ankle support and tend to be better at staying waterproof (although I think that’s just my personal opinion). My kids prefer walking shoes as they are still free to bend their ankles freely and climb, run, and jump without any restrictions. 

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A Practical Bag (Or Two!)

A comfortable and practical bag is a must-have for outdoor families. It needs to be comfortable and have plenty of storage to hold drinks, snacks, spare clothes (if necessary), and, of course, all the little treasures that your children will pick up along the way. I recommend a comfortable backpack – look out for weatherproof backpacks, or seek a waterproof backpack cover to make sure all your outdoor family’s spring essentials stay dry.

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Mini First Aid Kit

It’s unlikely that you’re going to need a full first aid kit when adventuring in the great outdoors with your family, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to have a mini one to hand for scrapes and cuts on the list of essentials for outdoor families. When enjoying nature with your family, falls and trips are unavoidable, so it’s a good idea to have some antiseptic cream and some plasters to hand. I also recommend carrying some antiseptic hand gel and some lip balm. 

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Essentials For Outdoor Families

So there you have it, my list of trusty essentials for outdoor families looking to adventure together, come rain or shine. It’s all about staying comfortable, especially if you have little ones, so a good jacket that will keep your clothes from becoming soaked, and a good, comfortable pair of shoes will go a long way. Don’t forget to invest in a practical bag that has plenty of room for spare items, a mini first aid kit, and – of course – plenty of snacks! What are your outdoor family essentials? I’d love to know what you consider an absolute must-have for outdoor play and exploration with your family, so please leave a comment below or tag me on X with the handle @gloryiscalling

Rachael is a 31 year old mum to 10 year old Luke and 5 year old Oscar. She lives in England and writes about family life, crafts, recipes, parenting wins(and fails), as well as travel, days out, fashion and living the frugal lifestyle.

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