If you feel a kinship with nature, you want your children to learn to love the outdoors, too. Stack the deck in your favor by following these three cardinal rules the next time you head out to do some exploring with the offspring in tow.

Always have snacks: There’s nothing worse than getting stuck a couple miles from the car with hungry children and no sustenance. Keep them fueled so they can contribute to the overall experience.

Dress kids in layers: It’s hard to know how warm or cold children will be once they get moving. Cover all your bases and include several layers that you can mix and match on the go.

Never rush: Allowing kids the chance to explore is key to family outdoor adventures. Make sure to leave enough time to let your little ones stop and relish the experience

(This is part of the Big List here).