Whether you need a break from work or you’re looking for something fun to do on or for your vacation, you should take some time to enjoy the great outdoors. There are so many things you can do outside. The time in the sun offers you a fresh burst of vitamin D. The fresh air will clear your mind and lungs.
Planning Your Time in the Great Outdoors
Consider what you want to do and how long you want to be doing it. Maybe you have a couple of hours to kill, and you want to spend it outside. Perhaps you have something to celebrate. It could be time for a vacation, and you have a weekend or even a week to enjoy the great outdoors.
Make sure you plan around the weather. Many of these ideas are free of cost (aside from some gas money). Here are a few of the things that will help you get outside and have some fun.
1. Go Camping
If you have a few days to get away, go camping. You can camp in luxury, or you can do things more rustic. You’ll need some supplies to go camping, like a tent and some cook wear. You may want to rent a cabin in the middle of nowhere and write a novel. You might want to take the family to Jellystone Park and stay in tents.
There are a lot of options when it comes to camping. If you have a fancy little RV, you can even go glamping. Whether you camp elegantly or rusticly, it’s a great chance to spend time outdoors and with the people that matter in your life. Breathe in the fresh air, go fishing, and cook marshmallows over an open fire.
2. Go Hiking
You only need a few free hours and a local park or trail to spend some time hiking. Going hiking, or even for a walk, gives you a chance to breathe some fresh air, get some sun, and get some exercise. You can go hiking and camping together too, that’s up to you (and how much time you have to explore the great outdoors).
Take your camera on the hike with you to capture some great shots of nature and any wildlife you happen to come by. Make sure you pack a backpack with safety items, some snacks, and water, and don’t forget your bug spray and sunscreen.
3. Go to the Park
Going to the park is another way to enjoy the great outdoors even if you don’t have a lot of time to kill. Your park may offer different things. Or, you may want to drive to a park across the state or in a completely different state, if you have the time available.
Parks are great for alone time or family time. Take a basketball, some tennis rackets, or a soccer ball with you and get a little fitness fit into your busy life. Go for a hike. Just sit and enjoy the beautiful weather. You could also take a picnic with you if you plan to spend the day.
4. Have a Cookout/Bonfire
If the night/day is warm and the weather is cooperating, consider spending some time in your yard. Have a cookout, do some yard work (if you don’t feel like relaxing), or take some time out and do some sunbathing.
When night falls, have a bonfire. Invite some friends over and roast hot dogs and marshmallows over the fire. Make sure you follow safety rules for campfires in your city or town. Put the fire out completely, dousing it with water, before you leave the yard for the night.
5. Go to the Beach/Pool
If you like the sun and the water, spend some time at the beach. You can swim, sunbathe, play beach volleyball, or even hike along the shore enjoying the sand on your toes. You’ll need sunscreen, a towel, and a bathing suit. The beach can be fun for the whole family.
If you don’t have a beach nearby, pools are fun for the entire family too. Go to the local recreation center, find a friend with a pool, or invest in one for your yard if you have space.
What Do You Enjoy About the Great Outdoors?
Some people don’t like to be outside, and some people love it. Pick one of your favorite things to do outside and do it. Read in your hammock in the backyard, go for a walk to your favorite store or park, mow the lawn, go for a jog, eat lunch outside, or join a local soccer team. There are hundreds of things you can do to enjoy the great outdoors, alone or with others.