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The Keys to Family Adventure Success

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What’s your family’s favourite adventure? Do you hike? Bike? Camp? For our family we sail and we ski. With four kids we decided to focus on adventures that we could all do together and that would keep every member of the family active. We had another great summer full of sailing adventures. We have a boat that is like our floating cottage we live on it on weekends in the spring and fall and then full-time in the summer. We love the time it gives us together and we have some fantastic adventures together. 

 

No matter what your family’s favourite adventures are here are a few tips to make sure every adventure is a great one. 

 

 

 

Fun For All

Think about what your family enjoys doing together, it can be tricky with kids of different ages and stages but you can start simple like going for a walk or a bike ride together. When we were in Sherbrooke, Quebec this summer we joined my friend Jaime Damak and her family for a hike near their home. Jaime and her kids have several mountains around them so they regularly hike in the summer and they ski those same mountains in the winter. From my five and eight year olds running wild through the forest to my tween and teen racing each other to the top, everyone had a great time. It was a really fun way for the two families to hangout together and be active.

 

Dress For Success

Nothing ruins a family adventure faster than not being dressed properly and having the right equipment. For sailing when my kids race they have so much gear I sometimes just have to laugh at their outfits. It can be very hot or cold out on the water so it is very important that they wear the right gear to be successful. For you family it might be investing in good walking or hiking shoes like Jaime’s family does or it could be making sure everyone’s equipment is the right size for them. If you have kids that get cold or hot easily keep that in mind before you head out and remind them to dress in layers. Don’t forget the sunscreen!

 

Avoid the Hangry Family

Family fuel is one of the most important pieces to a successful adventure. Making sure that everyone has had healthy food to eat before your adventure will give them the energy and fuel they need to enjoy it. It’s really important to pack snacks and water for every adventure. No-one likes a hangry (hungry and angry) kid and being a hungry parents is no treat either. When our kids are in sailing regattas they are out on the water from usually about 11am until 4pm.  They take their lunch, snacks and drinks out on their boats with them. That’s a long time to be out there and they need to be constantly re-fueling. They usually drink a full bottle of water about every 30 minutes on hot days and they always take a couple of CLIF Kids ZBars. The ZBars are perfect for both their sailing race days and their skiing race days because they are easy to pack in their dry bag or to tuck in their ski jacket but more importantly they are purposeful nutrition. ZBars are organic and nut-free (however not made in a nut-free facility) and they give kids the nutrition they need to perform at their best. 

 

I’m not the only mom that is a fan, Abby Langer, is Registered Dietitian and a busy mom of two, she chooses ZBars over granola bars because they're certified organic, and have zero trans fats or partially hydrogenated oils. Their 3 grams of fiber per bar, coupled with 3g of fiber, 8-10 grams of whole grains and 2g of protein, keep little tummies satisfied until the next meal and ready for their next adventure.

 

Keep The Adventure Going

In just a few short weeks the boats will be out of the water and tucked in for the winter and out will come our skis. Family adventures can change with the seasons, it’s just important to keep them going in some form throughout the year.  What’s your family’s favourite adventure?

 

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by CLIF Bar, however the tips and thoughts are as always mine own. 

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