School’s out for summer! That means it’s time to pack up and head off on vacation. There are so many different vacation types out there to suit families, and each year thousands of families will plan a road trip to enjoy an active family break. It’s easy to find locations that provide different activities, or if you’re looking to get the most out of nature you can always plan your own, but you’ll need a few pieces of essential equipment first. Here are some top suggestions for things you’ll need to take with you to enjoy an active family vacation.

Outdoor footwear

Having the wrong kind of footwear can put a dampener on many activities, especially those that are going to involve walking for long periods of time. Sneakers, walking boots, waterproof shoes and other types of footwear are essential if you plan on engaging in different activities and will keep good shoes intact for more relaxing or formal activities. If you’re unsure of what footwear you need for different activities, be sure to read a guide to activity footwear and purchase anything you think you may need.

Bike rack

Cycling is a fantastic way to explore new and different places and is an easy activity the whole family can enjoy. If you’re bringing your bikes from home, you’ll need a sturdy and secure bike rack and other accessories that will protect yours and other vehicles safe, and ensure that you have enough room to store your bikes too. Remember to bring safety equipment such as helmets, lights, reflective clothing and puncture kits to make sure the fun doesn’t get spoiled while you’re cycling together.


If you’re planning watersports and similar activities, you’ll be needing wetsuits. They are available to hire at a number of locations, but by having your own, you’ll be guaranteed to have the right fit for you and your family. Wetsuits are becoming more and more affordable, and you should be able to pick up high-quality wetsuits at a great price from a number of retailers – have a check online and do your wetsuit research before you buy.

Camping equipment

Planning to camp during your vacation? Check that all of your equipment is still in good condition before you set off, there’s nothing worse than going to pitch a tent and realizing that the tent has holes in it or you’ve run out of tent pegs. Have a trial run in the garden and make sure that the tent is waterproof and stays up, otherwise, make the necessary repairs and invest in new equipment in time for your vacation.

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Family vacations should be fun, but being unprepared can make them a nightmare. Plan your itinerary as much in advance as possible and make a list of everything you need to make sure you have enough time to go out and get supplies. If the weather doesn’t turn out the way you expect during your trip, don’t be discouraged, as there are a number of indoor activities you can try to pass the time and still have fun with the family. Wherever your summer vacation takes you, whether it’s near or far, make it one to remember by making sure you have everything you need to enjoy it.

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