5 essentials for an outdoor family outing


Make sure your children apply sun protection when they head out in the sun. — Bzu Bzu

THERE is a lot to see in the country, but the weather can sometimes be a hindrance. Sunny days can be scorching hot and rainy days can be thunderous and leave us soaking wet. Often, parents of young children resort to keeping their young ones indoors – think malls, movies and indoor playgrounds – instead of exploring a town or city on foot even thought this would be more enriching and allows for many teachable moments.

One of the ways to have a comfortable outdoor outing – whether you're heading to the park, zoo, farms or exploring the city on public transport – is to be prepared for both the weather and the demands of young kids. Let's face it, the more comfortable they are, the less stressful the whole outing is.Here are some suggestions on what could be on your list, the next time you and your family head out for an explorative day.

Sun protection

Local baby and kids skincare brand Bzu Bzu has made a sunscreen lotion with ingredients to suit kids' delicate skin. Its has moisturising and anti-inflammatory ingredients such as aloe vera leaf juice and portulaca (or purslane flower) extract. The sunscreen has SPF 30 PA+++ sun protection with no paraben, formaldehyde and alcohol. This sunscreen packaging also changes colour when it is exposed to UV and sunlight, so when parents take it out, they will be reminded to put the sunscreen on their children as a protection against harmful UV rays.

The new Go Walk 7 improves the shoe's support and comfort, and is good for outdoor activities. — SkechersThe new Go Walk 7 improves the shoe's support and comfort, and is good for outdoor activities. — Skechers

Made for walking

There are good reasons why Skechers shoes are immensely popular among urban commuters. They are light and don't tire legs after long walks. As with its past collections, the new Go Walk 7 has lightweight cushioning midsole as well as a heel pillow so you can slip your feet in while standing, perfect if you're pushing a stroller or holding a little hand. With additional support to hold the foot in place, this one is made for outdoor activities and helps walkers stay comfortable and cool even in the heat of the tropics. And when it's soiled or gets wet in the rain, toss it into the washing machine and it will be clean the next time you want to put it on again.

Bright, cheerful and durable, The Ace Medium water bottle is a favourite of parents with young children. — MontigoBright, cheerful and durable, The Ace Medium water bottle is a favourite of parents with young children. — Montigo

Bottled up

Bringing your own water bottle is one very good habit that so many people have adopted. It makes sure that you and your kids have constant supply of water and can have a drink whenever you want. Without one, you'll likely drink less. The Ace Bottle Medium by drinkware company Montigo has three new colours for kids to choose from – Peach, Berry and Kiwi. A perennial favourite among parents with young children, these bottles are durable and functional for school and family outings.

A strong, lightweight tote is important when you head out with the family. — ikea.com/myA strong, lightweight tote is important when you head out with the family. — ikea.com/my

Cool tote

You'll need a lightweight bag – since you need to carry a lot of things – when you head out. Made of Polythylene terephthalate (PET) and Polypropylene (PP), these tote bags are light, durable, hygienic and and can handle a heavy load. You can carry essentials, groceries, even laundry in them. When it rains, you can use it for head covering because the material absorbs very little water. Local fashion brands like Whimsigirl, Poplook and Jovian have their own versions but Ikea has these tote bags in a wide range of sizes. They are much cheaper (RM4 for the striped tote) and are equally durable.

Photo: uniqlo.com/myPhoto: uniqlo.com/my

Shield yourself

A compact umbrella is also very useful when you head out. Rain or shine, it offers some protection from harsh weather. Lightweight yet durable in design and materials, this Uniqlo compact umbrella has UPF 40 protection for hot days. When it comes to this foldable item, choices are abound but durability varies. You'd want something that is light, can handle strong winds and frequent opening and closing, so shop around until you find one that fits the bill.

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