I have loved the outdoors my whole life, but experiencing it with kids has taken my enthusiasm for exploration to a new level. Our family motto is “every day can be an adventure”; adventures can be grand and include climbing mountains, or they can be micro explorations to see what is living in a puddle.
The important thing for us is to get out every day no matter what the weather, and see what kind of adventure we can create. Getting outside every day in Alaska is easy for us because there is always something amazing to do, but we definitely need the best gear to live our best outdoor life!
Kids don’t see a rainy camping trip as a bummer; they see it as a blast! But if everybody doesn’t stay dry, it can be an uncomfortable time. Reima gear helps prolong our outings and make sure we only come in because we’re done exploring, not because someone is wet or cold. Buying quality gear that will last through (and beyond!) multiple children is an environmentally responsible choice.
Talking about gear is one of my favorite things to do, so I’m always happy to answer any questions about how we dress for a downpour or how we can stay out so long when it’s -25F, and you can see my kids in their Reima-clad glory over at @alaskawildlings. Also head to https://talesofamountainmama.com where I’m one of 13 Mountain Mamas, along with Amelia, who review all sorts of awesome gear like Reima to help get every family outside, or my personal blog http://www.alaskawildlings.com/
Lammikko Rain Bibs
Rain bibs are one of the pieces of gear I recommend most, they are incredibly versatile and we use them spring through fall. They were first recommended to us when my oldest started forest school years ago, and they really should be considered an essential item for cold and wet exploration. Even on bluebird sunny days, we use them for morning lake exploration to help keep us warm and dry in the mud. And for puddle splashing, they really cannot be beaten.
Hauho One-Piece Bunting
We have owned a lot of high quality one-piece rain suits over the years, but this one is my favorite. It’s extremely well made, and keeps her completely dry as she lays stomach-down in a puddle. The stirrups are made from silicone which is longer lasting and easier to put on than the usual elastic stirrup. The hood fits perfectly, pockets are easy for a toddler to zip and unzip. I’m also a sucker for contrast zippers, and the blue and teal in this suit makes me really happy. I highly recommend this suit!
Perfect packable rain pants for hiking or backpacking. Very lightweight so the kids don’t overheat, and easy to stow in a pack. The generous zip at the bottom makes them quick and easy to get on over boots if it starts to rain or the wind picks up. One of our favorite hikes is often quite windy at the top and these have become a staple in our bag to help keep us warm at the top. The button waist adjustment makes them fit perfectly.
Curuba Swim Leggings
We have been spending a lot of time kayaking this summer, and we often go in the early morning. And it’s COLD! The water is also very cold here year-round, and the kids have loved having a longer swim layer to use on and off the boat. The kids have been layering the Curuba swim leggings under their Galapagos suits and it does look quite awesome and keeps them even warmer. The leggings dry fast and I like that with all of Reima’s sun protective clothing we don’t need to worry about sunscreen as we’re always protected!