Spring break will be here before you know it! This is the perfect time of year to take an outdoorsy trip. You can plan on camping with the family, doing some hiking, or kayaking on a lake. Regardless of what type of outdoor adventure you are planning, you’ll want to make sure you are well-packed and well-prepared. Here are a few tips to help with that.
1. Stock up on propane.
If you plan on cooking on a grill or even heating the cabin you’re staying in, then you’re going to need some propane. Get propane tanks filled well in advance so you don’t have to rush around the day before your trip. If you need a new tank, consider buying two or three smaller ones instead of one large tank. Smaller ones are easier to carry.
2. Go through your first aid kit.
Outdoor adventures come with the risk of scrapes, burns, and other injuries. So before you head off, make sure your first aid kit is well-stocked. Shop at a local pharmacy for basics like Band-aids, antibiotic ointment, and iodine solution.
For an outdoor trip, you’ll also want to pack some sunscreen and insect repellent with your first aid kit. Most pharmacies stock small, travel-size containers of these items, which are perfect to stuff in your backpack.
3. Have your outdoor clothing cleaned.
You don’t want to pull on your hiking pants and find they’re still covered in mud from last season. You also don’t want to climb into a sleeping bag that has a musty odor! So, before you head off on your outdoor adventure, take a few minutes to sort through your outdoor items and separate those that need cleaning.
If you’re short on time, having a laundry or dry cleaning pick up service come pick up your items can be really convenient!
4. Make plans for elder care.
If you care for an older loved one, make plans for their care while you’re away. Consider hiring a home caregiver to make sure they take their medications on time and have other needs met. A caregiver can also give them company and companionship.
Spring break is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the fresh air while kayaking, hiking, biking, or picnicking. If you prepare with the steps above, you’ll truly be able to relax while you’re away on vacation.