How to Enjoy the Outdoors as a Family any Time of the Year, What to Wear

Exploring the outdoors can be a wonderful way to experience family bonding, especially when you wear the right gear.

Welcome to the next installment of the series: How to Enjoy the Outdoors as a Family. Today we are going to be talking about what to wear on your outdoor adventure.How to Enjoy the Outdoors as a Family any Time of the Year, What to Bring. Visit shortsweetmom.com and Are you ready to enjoy the outdoors with your family? Find out what to bring, what to wear & how your family can enjoy outdoor adventures any time of year.

My husband and I have always had a love for the outdoors. But it was mostly a seasonal love. Meaning, if the weather was cold or wet we were hanging out inside. As fate would have it, we now have a toddler that loves playing outside, rain or shine.

This has led us to make a habit of exploring the outdoors on a regular basis, regardless of the weather. In 2016 we went hiking in the sunshine, snow, rain and wind. And all of these hikes were enjoyable because we were wearing the right gear.

We never realized how much difference a little preparation and having the right gear can make! So right now we want to share what to wear on your family hiking trip. Don’t let the weather keep you cooped up indoors.How to Enjoy the Outdoors as a Family any Time of the Year, What to Bring. Are you ready to enjoy the outdoors with your family? Visit shortsweetmom.com to Find out what to bring, what to wear and how your family can enjoy outdoor adventures any time of year.

Cold Weather Gear

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Warm Layers

My husband and I tend to run cold. That is partly why we used to stay indoors when it was cold outside. We were told that having the right layers underneath your clothes can make a big difference. And people were right! We recently bought some wool under layers from Ice Breaker and love them. I have an undershirt, pair of leggings and wool socks. The nice thing about wool is that it absorbs moisture and does not cause a cold sweat like I have experienced with cotton.
Depending on how cold it is outside you may want to throw on a pair of gloves and a hat.How to Enjoy the Outdoors as a Family any Time of the Year, What to Bring. Are you ready to enjoy the outdoors with your family? Visit shortsweetmom.com to Find out what to bring, what to wear and how your family can enjoy outdoor adventures any time of year.

Jackets

Because we wanted to be able to hike no matter the weather we invested in two types of jackets. A quality down feather jacket and a quality rain jacket. Both made by Mountain Hardwear. The two together, along with our wool under layers make for a nice and toasty combination. Isn’t it funny that both my husband and I grew up in rainy Oregon and yet neither one of us had ever owned a quality rain jacket.

Rain Pants

We also invested in quality rain pants. This was such a great choice! Walking around in wet pants can be miserable and cold. They also help to add another layer of warmth on windy days.

For the Little Ones

Kiddos don’t seem to mind the cold and may not always tell you if they are warm enough so I tend to bundle the munchkin up pretty good. If the weather is really cold I like to put tights on under my daughters pants. We then use a jacket and a rain suit similar to this one. Honestly, this suit is one of the best purchases we have made as far as the munchkin goes.How to Enjoy the Outdoors as a Family any Time of the Year, What to Bring. Are you ready to enjoy the outdoors with your family? Visit shortsweetmom.com to Find out what to bring, what to wear and how your family can enjoy outdoor adventures any time of year.

Good Walking Shoes

Comfortable footwear can make or break a hiking experience in my opinion. Some of our favorite shoes have been from Columbia, Merrell and Danner Vibram boots. Since we live in an area that gets a lot of rain we wanted to make sure we had quality waterproof shoes. For Genevieve we found these boots. They have worked out great in both the rain and the snow.

Warm Weather Gear

Hiking during the warmer months is pretty simple. Just like in cold weather, you still want to have your water, snacks and good hiking shoes. It is also a good idea to bring sunscreen and possibly bug repellent depending on your location. Trade in the winter hat for a sun hat and make sure everyone has their sun glasses. I prefer to wear light weight clothing that wicks away moisture.How to Enjoy the Outdoors as a Family any Time of the Year, What to Bring. Are you ready to enjoy the outdoors with your family? Visit shortsweetmom.com to Find out what to bring, what to wear and how your family can enjoy outdoor adventures any time of year.

These clothing items help our hiking trips and outdoor adventures to be more enjoyable, regardless of the weather.

Quality gear can get expensive. It is always a good idea to shop around. Some great options for finding gear at a lower price are Backcountry.com, Sunnysports.com, Amazon.com, Offerup, Facebook selling groups, consignment sales, outlet stores and even garage sales.

Don’t miss the rest of the How to Enjoy the Outdoors as a family series.

What to Bring

Where to Go

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8 comments: On How to Enjoy the Outdoors as a Family any Time of the Year, What to Wear

  • Her little rain suit is adorable! She seems to love it, too. Thanks for sharing these tips. I tend to stay inside during the winter but it’s so nice to get out and get some fresh air when we can!

    • Thank you Tricia. We used to stay in during the winter months as well. So funny how much a little munchkin can change your ways. I agree, getting fresh air is beneficial any time of year.

  • Where I live, we can experience all the seasons in 1 day! We know all too well how convenient layering can be! I’ll have to check out some of the cold weather gear you listed for my husband who works in the cold, then back inside, back and forth all day. Thanks for the tips!

    • Thank you Tina. Layering can be a lifesaver, especially if your weather is constantly changing throughout the day! If you husband is going in and out of the cold having a good under layer that wicks away moisture can be a great help.

  • Great tips and nice pics!!! I love getting outside, and you really do need to be prepared for the elements!! 🙂 Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • We are an outdoor family as well. Rain or shine, hot or cold as long as you are prepared you end up with much happier kids if they can get outside! Especially in our long winter here in WI.

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