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How to plan an outdoor adventure for your kids

11. High altitude -- Your body acclimates to high altitudes by speeding up your breathing as well as increasing the amount of urine you put out. Constantly peeing and panting, which causes you to exhale more water vapor, can lead to dehydration.
11. High altitude -- Your body acclimates to high altitudes by speeding up your breathing as well as increasing the amount of urine you put out. Constantly peeing and panting, which causes you to exhale more water vapor, can lead to dehydration. (iStock/Soundsnaps)

Planning an outdoor family outing can be a lot of fun, as long as you are properly prepared.

 

The most important part of planning a family hike, canoe or camping trip is to be realistic. You need to know that you won’t be able to travel as far or as fast with your kids as you would with adults. Also plan to take several breaks to give the kids some rest and time to relax.

 

Make sure you pick a trail or location that is suitable for kids and isn’t too difficult. Also make sure it’s safe and has places to rest nearby.

 

To keep the kids energized, make sure to pack plenty of snacks and water. Bring snacks that can withstand both the heat and the cold, as you never know what kind of weather you might encounter.

 

Bring extra clothes for the whole family. As temperatures and conditions change you might need to shed or add layers.

 

Another way to keep the kids entertained is to include other families on your adventure. The kids will have others to play with, and it can keep them motivated to keep going.