From Jordana, Trackers Storyteller
Gearing up for an adventure can be hard. Where did you leave those snowshoes from last year? Have you pumped up your bike tires since last summer? Moreover, where is that bike pump? Are there enough warm socks and snacks in the car for a rainy hike?
Getting ready takes some preparation. But instead of turning an early morning into a hectic moment of child- and partner- and pet- and thing-wrangling, set yourself up for success by harnessing the power of mise en place. This French phrase is used in professional kitchens around the world to cultivate a state of readiness. But out of the kitchen, these principles can help us set the stage for adventures, and make it easy (and fun!) to get going.
Make a packing list for longer trips that you save in your phone or computer. That way you know exactly what you need to gather.
Keep extra clothes such as base layers, socks, towels, and gloves in the car. Being warm and dry can be the difference between a great and miserable day.
As the weather turns brighter and the sun comes out, be sure to have sunscreen on hand at all times. I like to put a small tube in each of my adventure bags so I’m never without.
Build a snack-pack for the pantry. Replenish it with granola bars, jerky, and your family’s favorites after you get back from an adventure so it’s ready to go for the next trip. Store it in a mouse-proof container!
Water bottles. Truly, it seems like there are never enough. But keeping bottle in the car or in your pack means that you will be more hydrated for your day, leading to overall health and happiness.
At Trackers, we know it’s important to model real enthusiasm for getting outside. We want to inspire children to engage with their surroundings, to play and explore freely, and to feel confident that they are prepared for whatever nature throws at them. Plus, kids really like to be (mostly) helpful in planning and packing gear. We hope that by encouraging a little mindful preparation, you’ll be ready to take advantage of all summer has to offer.
What about you? Do you have any great tips and tricks for packing up and heading out? We’d love to hear your ideas for adventure planning.