Tips for everyday ADVENTURE!
I know that going on any adventure or outing with kids usually requires some form of pre-planning. There are a few things I keep in my car as a standard to always be "adventure ready" but do take into account that my vehicle isn't your run of the mill everyday sedan. My thinking with this post is you could probably customize this to suit your own family needs and/or space availability.
I always have beach towels in the car, usually 2. This just helps dust off, dry off any residual mud, rain, sand or grass.
A black bag. If not for taking our trash with us, you can throw your muddy shoes/wet clothing into the bag and safeguard the car (sort of).
A spare set of clothing for the kids, this usually comprises of a warm fleece top, warm pants, underwear and socks. In summer I throw in shorts and a tee, in winter a rain jacket and wellies.
There is always a fishing rod or 2 strapped to the roof of the car. Previously I found that taking unrigged rods just wastes precious fishing time. I have a basic tackle box, with various size hooks and lures. I also seem to always have a tin of sweet corn in the drawer sliders, incase the lures prove me no luck.
I always have multiple combat /utility knives with me, this one is my fav. DOW camo folding knife not only can it be used in emergency situations (seat belt cutter, window smasher) or perhaps self defense, should that need ever arrive. It also slices through biltong magically, and cuts flings strips, because no one usually carries a scissors in their back pocket. (My friends might argue that I do)
Sunglasses are a staple in the vehicle, we always have sunglasses specifically polarized.
A phone charger is a mandatory accessory, in fact it's an extra charger that simply stays in the car. There have been times in the past where my mobile phone has been on 10% and I am in the middle of no where needing direction home. This causes way too much anxiety for me.
I've recently thrown in 2 hammocks into the car, these super compact hammocks come with integrated storage pouch so you can take it with you anywhere.I have the Naturehike Africa's Double Hammock, R599 Packed Dimensions: 200 x 120mm. Load bearing capacity: 180 KG
First Aid kit this is an important one. I always have an extensive first aid kit in the car. I purchased the 360 DEGREES COMPREHENSIVE FIRST AID KIT from Outdoor Warehouse for R899 to start off with and as time has gone on we simply add to it or replace once something is finished or expired. Things you may need to add are kiddy friendly meds i.e. panando. Some time ago I attempted to BMX on my daughters new BMX at GUMTRAILZ - (read about that spot in LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION.) I attempted some of the tiny ramps and obviously I misjudged myself and fell, much to my kids entertainment who were filming me...also read "you are too old for this shit". None the less I ended up slicing my shin open to the bone, luckily I had my first aid kit and hobbled along to the car and patched myself up. (wound spray, dettol, steristrips)
Hair ties, as a mom of a daughter with long thick hair, although beautiful, it can be annoying with hair blowing in your face all the time. Anyone with long hair knows that these things go where Tupperware Lids and Socks go, it doesn't matter how many you purchase they simply just disappear. Sometimes when my hubby's hair is long he also tucks into these.
Tampons, wet wipes, a roll of toilet paper sanitizer... This is just self explanatory
A decent backpack, I've long given up on the idea of handbags. They are simply just impractical for the lifestyle I live. My favorite at the moment is the K-Way Airstream Hydration Pack its carries a surprisingly good amount of stuff with multiple pockets and spots to hook carabiners on, its a rugged bag made for daily urban excursions and traveling. Its an older version hydration pack that I've just converted into a daily backpack. Backpacks can be a bit pricey however the amount of abuse it takes warrants investing in a good quality bag.
Also more recently I've thrown in a sleeping bag over the back seat, often times we are out exploring and kids don't seem to feel the inherent cold. However upon returning to the car, the cold seems to magically start affecting them. Although 1 sleeping bag seems to be causing more arguments to share between 3 kids. I might change this up to 3 separate fleece blankets to avoid sibling arguments.
There is always time to stop and have a coffee on the road, it's probably the absolute best being able to pull over on a mountain pass make a fresh coffee and enjoy the view. (and a hot chocolate for the kids) It's actually quite a simple set up, Gas cooker (Fire Maple FMS 102 Gas Stove R399 + Eiger Gas 230g R80) Espresso maker, (Bialetti Venus Stovetop Espresso Maker - 10 cup R1469) long life milk, coffee grounds , 5 enamel cups and single serve sugar and a spoon or 2. We recently went to the snow on Matroosberg, and after hours of icy snow man building, a hot chocolate is not negotiable.
This list continuously changes as my kids grow and evolve, but I know that with the above items in the car we can actually just pull over anywhere and explore. It's really just makes it so simple. Sometimes over weekends we might get an itch to go somewhere (not really knowing where - read my blog on making adventure easy)
So, by knowing these items are in the car we can simply just go where the road takes us without the hassle of "prepping" Most items I've listed here are available from takealot.com or outdoorwarehouse.co.za or capeunionmart.co.za ...
I hope this helps❤️