Day Tripping: 3 Daypack Brands For Family Adventures
Kids are home from school, bored and missing their friends. And adults are feeling the strain, trying to juggle shifting schedules and keep it all together.
Having the ability to slow down and spend more time together as a family, however, is a silver lining for the millions whose new normal is anything but normal. From crafting, to baking, to staging plays and backyard treasure hunts, families are coming up with creative ways to keep each other entertained. They’re using this time to reconnect with what’s really important, and squeeze in some much needed bonding.
Make Time For Mini Adventures (safely, of course)
If you’ve had to postpone a trip to a national park or popular attraction this spring, the whole family is probably feeling the disappointment. And while it’s not Disneyland or Yosemite, there may be room to seek out sunshine and mini adventures right in your hometown.
Cruising with the kids on bikes and scooters or taking a hike through a regional park in your own backyard can be just the thing to boost morale and create new memories. Staying active can be hard at the moment, but the mind-body benefits and family bonding opportunities are still there. A dose of “ecotherapy” is a great way to get the heart pumping, take a break from screen time, and blow off steam. Japanese researchers believe that a walk through the forest can help relieve anxiety and lower stress hormones, and who couldn’t use a little more of that right now?
If you can do it safely, plan on packing up a lunch, gathering the fam, and getting outside for a few hours this week. Be sure to follow your local social distancing guidelines and check for park closures.
As always, we encourage you to respect the outdoor ethics of Leave No Trace wherever you go. Many parks that remain open offer reduced services, so be sure to pack out whatever you pack in.
Getting outside with the kids for lower key outings will require a little extra precaution, but hey, a mini adventure is better than no adventure at all. Feeling inspired? Check out these great outdoor brands that can get you geared up for family adventures big and small.
Osprey is all about relationships, and to backpackers and thru hikers who swear by the brand, the most important one is between you and your bag. Even if you’re not tackling the Pacific Crest Trail anytime soon, with a lightweight, great fitting daypack, you can comfortably add a few more miles (or a few more snacks and water bottles) to your trek.
Osprey has spent the past 45 years innovating and improving their materials and designs, and their “All Mighty Guarantee” ensures that your bag stays on the trail as long as you do. The rural Colorado company takes mountain culture to heart, and lets their love of the outdoors permeate everything that they do.
First known for their rucksacks and early mountaineering gear, German outdoor brand Deuter is all about protecting the places that make adventure possible. They’re a founding member of the European Outdoor Conservation Association, and are striving to make their entire line PFC free this year. They use bluesign® certified materials to ensure the safest, most transparent products and supply chain.
In addition to advocating for factory workers’ rights, Deuter gives back to communities connected to climbing and mountaineering. They’ve donated backpacks and school supplies to students, and helped rebuild a school in the Nepalese capital Katmandu.
Arc'teryx daypacks are all about performance. They’re trusted by climbers and pro athletes, and tested in Canada’s harshest environments. By keeping their headquarters and manufacturing facilities local, the rugged outdoor brand can have all of the tools to “make and break” their own products in one place. Their research and design process can take over three years, and they continually retool and refine until they get it right.
To Arc'teryx, durability is the strongest path to sustainability, but they don’t stop there. The technical gear brand is dedicated to cleaner chemistry and manufacturing processes that use less water and energy.
Whether you’re roaming streets or hitting the trail, a great daypack can help you carry all the essentials in comfort. These family approved outdoor brands are built for functionality and durability so your bag is ready for this, and many more adventures to come.