How good it is to feel the warmth of the sun after the cooler months?
It’s not just about seeing the sunshine a little more often, but we know that the increasing fair weather means we can get outdoors to do all the things we love so much: swimming at favourite waterholes (that might be the local pool for you!), days spent exploring beaches and rivers, hiking through the bush, quietly fishing in a secluded spot or simply enjoying a family picnic, festival or a play at the park!
When you’ve been tucked up inside with your kids, it’s so nice to feel the SPACE around you all again!
So here at Bulla Baby HQ we are welcoming the summertime with welcome arms, but it does take a little planning and organisation to make sure we are ready to drop everything and get outdoors when the feeling takes us! So I thought I’d share our Summer Survival Guide so you can create your own Summertime Survival Pack!
- The SunSmart website (https://www.sunsmart.com.au) has some great tips on sun safety and they even have an app that lets you know the UV index each day and the hours you need to cover up – perfect for intrepid families!
I still remember the Slip, Slop, Slap Tv ads from when I was a child, but they still ring true for outdoor activities in summer:
Slip on a shirt – preferably a loose, long-sleeved shirt for sun protection
Slop on sunscreen – we love the natural zinc-based sunscreen from Little Innoscents, which is formulated especially for kids.
Slap on a hat – You’ll find nothing looks, fits and wears better than Bedhead hats and the new range is in store now!
Seek shade – there’s no need to miss out on the outdoors during the hours of high UV radiation – simply find some shade and keep enjoying the outdoors!
Slide on sunglasses – 80 % of sun damage to eyes occurs before the age of 18 – yes, really! Babiators sunglasses are super cool and made to perfectly fit and protect little eyes.
When the days begin to warm up, I pack up our adventure bag: it’s a simple tote bag with everything we need, ready to get out and about! So what’s in it?
Exactly what I’ve mentioned above: kid-friendly sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses for everyone, plus our water bottles with our picnic blanket.
This bag sits just near our door, making it simple to pick up as we head outdoors. As all the preparation is already done, it makes it super-easy to say “Let’s do it!” when someone suggests a day outdoors.
The only extra thing I may add to the bag is some snack or lunch if we are going to be out for longer than an hour or so. This is where a really good cooling lunch bag is worth its weight in gold to keep your food fresh and healthy. If you only need a few snacks, these snack bags are my go-to as they take up almost no space once their contents have been munched by hungry little explorers and they are so easy to clean and reuse.
So, what’s in your adventure bag? And where will you go for your outdoor adventures this summer? Let us know below!