It might only be spring but it is never too early to start planning for summer. Summertime is meant for sunshine, games, travel and laughter. With school out and the roads clear of ice and snow, it’s time to get out and enjoy the world. Planning is the key to any trip’s success. It is necessary if you have those in your group that have limiting factors that need to be taken into consideration. This includes pets, your children’s food allergies or someone who is extremely accident prone. Proper preparation before heading out for the next big summer adventure will make sure that everything occurs with ease, taking stress out of the equation.
What About Fido?
If you are planning on taking a road trip this upcoming summer season, outline your course with pet-friendly stops so that they get to enjoy the adventure too. When stopping for a bathroom break on your way to your next destination, choose a spot near an off leash dog park or adjacent to public land that will allow your pet to get out, utilize the facili-trees and stretch their legs for a bit before getting back on the road. Summertime can be a hazardous time to leave your pets unattended in a vehicle.
Consider renting an RV to make them comfortable and offer them enough space to roam around in — they will appreciate the extra space whether it is a bunny, cat or dog. Always provide your pet with plenty of water when you are away. Park in a shaded area. Leave the windows down or the air conditioning on to make sure they don’t overheat.
Food allergies are becoming increasingly prevalent in both children and adults. Allergies to peanuts, dairy and gluten tend to be the most common. Luckily, more and more restaurants are recognizing the need to accommodate those who have dietary restrictions or certain food preferences like vegetarianism and veganism.
Making sure the people who you are enjoying your summer time fun with are getting enough to eat of the foods that are best suited for them can prove to be challenging at times. Research the food offerings at the amusement parks you will visit or at the accomodations you will be staying at. This will help to prevent hunger pains later. It will help to know if you will need to be packing extra snacks and maybe even prepping your own meals to take with you during the day.
It’s All Fun and Games
That line, “it’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt” holds the most truth when adventuring in the summertime. There are a lot of risky behaviors that can happen when out on the lake in the family boat with the kids or when going down the zipline through your local forest.
Make sure everyone is as safe as possible. This will make for more time playing and less time tending to bumps, scrapes and bruises. Bring enough helmets, crash pads, life preservers or any other safety gear to protect your adventure partners from harm. Gather everyone up into a group and have a serious safety talk before yelling “cowabunga.” This will help them keep each other safe so that they can go into the next pitstop adventure unharmed.
Look forward to spending your summer in the mountains, by the lake, on a river, or in the forest. Proper preparation ensures that you and your crew will have a fun-filled good time this summer.
About the Author
Avery T. Phillips is a freelance human being with too much to say. She loves nature and examining human interactions with the world. Comment or tweet her @a_taylorian with any questions or suggestions.