This Saturday, June 13th, 2015 is National Get Outdoors Day.
It’s a newer annual event that was started as a partnership with federal agencies, non-profits and the recreation industry to encourage people, especially kids, to get back into nature and enjoy many traditional and non-traditional outdoor activities.
While we have no connection with the day itself, it’s certainly a concept we can get behind. Mind you, this isn’t sit in your backyard day, it’s more of a get into the wild day.
We’re big believers in the outdoors. Being in the Bay Area, we’re blessed with an abundance of opportunities to explore the natural world. There are mountains to hike, massive regional parks to explore, rivers, lakes, and oceans tp fish and swim in. You can head out any direction, and will find yourself near a beautiful natural setting to enjoy.
To make your day more enjoyable, and to provide you with what we believe are better ways to enjoy the wild, we rounded up some of our top picks to make your outdoor day outstanding.
1. Oilcloth Tablecloth
If you find yourself at a picnic site, you can spruce up your spread in an ecologically friendly way with an oil tablecloth. They’re easy to wipe clean, so there’s no need to throw them in the wash. They’re reusable throughout the season, and available in many different prints.
2. Insulated Picnic/Market Baskets.
Use them to pick up your groceries and head on out. They are dual use, so you can easily carry you items into the wild, and just as easily bring all your waste out of it.
3. AutoDog Mug
Don’t forget your dog will get thirsty too. This handy all-in-one device features an attached bowl for canine convenience. It also comes with a carrying strap and fits nicely into a cupholder in the car. Special bonus: They’re made here in California.
4. Reusable Water Bottles
It’s important to stay hydrated out there, and as opposed to lugging plastic bottles and the eventual waste they create, it’s best to use a reusable water bottle. In The Pantry, you’ll find a selection from top brands like Life Factory, Camelback, and S’well (pictured).
5. Vega Bars
Whether as a meal replacement bar to start the day, an afternoon snack, or for someone who is really looking to exert themselves, Vega provides a great gluten-free, non-GMO plant-based solution for vegans, vegetarians and omnivore alike. Easy to carry, sure to help you sustain.
6. Epic Bars & Bites
While you’re out in nature, you may find your inner animal’s appetite emerge. To satisfy the craving, pick yourself up some Epic products.
Made from 100% All-Natural meats, including Beef, Bison, Pork, and lamb, epic combines modern ingredients to create a dense and satisfying snack.
Their products are free from all the bad stuff, and their animals are humanely raised, never given antibiotics and eat what nature intended them too.
7. Natural Sunscreen
A day outdoors demands powerful skin protection. We demand that ours be without nasty chemicals and think you should too.
From Badger, we carry a variety of sunscreens for the whole family. They are 98% organic, 100% natural, made with non-nano zinc oxide and biodegradable. Our sections include baby, Kids, Sport, Tinted (non-whitening), Unscented and anti-bug, which also includes citronella oil.
We also have facial sticks in sport and Kids, and a new line of facial lotions with SPF 20 in tinted and untinted. The Badger line of sunscreens is also 15% off this month until the end of June 2015.
8. Bug Repellent
The main sponsor of National Get Outdoors Day is Off! 🙁 That kind of bugs us.
Don’t worry though, we have some great alternatives that are chemical-free, much more pleasant smelling and just as effective.
Also from Badger, we carry a line of organic citronella-based repellents safe for the whole family. They are available in a spray, stick and a tin for easy transport and application.
The Badger line of natural repellents is also on sale through the end of June 2015 at 20% off.
While not a complete list, this will get you started and well on your way to your best outdoor day ever. Go forth, go out and enjoy.