Quick Tips for Adventuring as a Single Parent

I am not a single parent in the traditional sense, I have a husband. But if I only pursued outdoors adventures when he was available I would be outdoors a fraction of the time I am now. And in my world that just isn't an option. The outdoors have always been a major part of my life. From childhood through adulthood, being outdoors is something I have made a priority. Partly because it is something I enjoy and partly because I believe we need nature. Since I don't want to wait for my husband to get outdoors, I choose to take my kids hiking, day tripping and exploring all by my lonesome.

I am not going to pretend and say it is always easy. Is anything consistently easy with kids?
Some days I wonder if it is even worth it. Then I remember how miserable and argumentative we all are when stuck inside all day and it all seems worth it again.

Adventuring as a single parent does require more work on my part. But we have a lot of fun and I believe it helps teach my kids that almost anything can be accomplished with hard work and preparation.
Our first hike in Massachusetts. 
With summer's arrival and the kids at home, it is the perfect time to be pursuing outdoor adventures. So whether you are adventuring without your husband or are a single parent, here are a few things I do to help my day trips and adventuring be less stressful and more fun.

  1. Pack the night before. I pack up snack, extra cloths, travel information, etc. It makes the mornings so much easier. Instead of trying to pull everything together, you only have to get dressed, eat breakfast, then head out the door. Easy peasy. 
  2. Plan for extra time. Not just because it takes forever to do anything with kids but you never know what kind of traffic or road construction you will encounter. On one of my outings there was a road detour that took us 45 minutes out of the way and I hadn't planned for extra time. Unfortunately our schedule couldn't be adjusted so we had a lot less time at our destination. 
    Another beautiful hike in Massachusetts. 
  3. Be flexible. Obvious but still true. Not just because of the unknown but maybe you find something more interesting. Take time for that. Or maybe, like me, your son has a very short attention span sometimes and it just isn't possible to do what your were planning. 
  4. Invest in a few good pieces of equipment. I choose to buy a very comfortable child carrier and good shoes. The choices for equipment are endless and I don't think you need to have it all. But choose a few things that are important to you and invest. I haven't regretted it. You can see a few more of my day trip/adventuring favorites at the bottom of the post. 
  5. Bring candy to bribe your kids with. My daughter hates being in the car and it gets especially bad towards the end of the trip. It is amazing what a piece of candy can do. 
    The first time my daughter hiked a mile by herself. I didn't even have to bribe her, she wanted to do it all by herself.
  6. Bring a treat for yourself to help keep your spirits up. Even if everything goes perfectly, it is still a lot of work being out with kids. Take care of yourself so you can better handle what your kids throw at you. 
    Something chocolate is always my special treat. 
Now it's your turn. What are your tips for adventuring as a single parent

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