The closing of another summer season can bring both excitement for a new school year and disappointment that the long days of outdoor adventures are coming to an end. However, our time in nature doesn’t have to end. With the start of another Hike it Baby 30 Challenge on September 1, Hike it Baby is upping the opportunities and the inspiration to help you keep up the nature-loving lifestyle. 

Here are five ways to keep up the outdoor summer momentum while heading back to school so you can reach your HiB 30 challenge goals, whether it be 30 miles in 30 days or no zero days throughout the month.

  1. Choose a shoe that can transition from the classroom to the trailhead
    While our summer shoes aren’t necessarily appropriate for school (especially with all the sand, saltwater and mud that they have accumulated), that doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice function for style. Shoes like Merrell’s classic Moab FST Low shoe can transfer easily between the classroom, the playground and the trail, helping to take you straight from the school pick-up line to the next trail adventure.

  2. Pack trail essentials in the car ahead of time
    Being ready for an after school or after dinner outdoor adventure is key to keeping yourself (and your family) accountable. Grab your water bottle, snacks, a first aid kit, a change of clothes for the kiddos and fun extras (such as binoculars or a magnifying glass) ahead of time to make the transition from school to trail quick and easy.

  3. Be flexible with your adventures
    There are some days the kids may be exhausted from a full day of learning and play while other days they may be bursting at the seams. Being flexible with your plans helps keep everyone happy. A stroll around a nearby pond is ideal on days the kids have already had a full day of fun, while a hike to a gorgeous view is awesome for days they are more energized.

  4. Take an after-dinner or sunset hike
    With commitments such as work, school clubs, sports and homework, getting outside right after school may not be possible. Instead, plan to take in a sunset as a family, or visit a nearby trail to work off dinner and discuss your school/workday as a family.

  5. Be a Weekend Trail Warrior
    Even if you’re able to get out on school days, planning a longer, more involved outdoor outing for the weekend can give everyone something to look forward to throughout the week. Whether you travel to a National Park or plan a longer hike at a nearby trail system, choosing lightweight, waterproof footwear with great traction for the whole family, such as the adult version of the Moab FST 2 Waterproof shoe
     can help ensure everyone stays comfortable, no matter what your adventure has in store.

How do you keep up the momentum from summer after the school year starts? Let us know in the comments below!

This post is sponsored by Merrell.

Images by Michelle Craig and Rebecca Hosley.

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