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How can I teach my family about the importance of wearing appropriate clothing and footwear while spending time outdoors?

Hi everyone,

I hope you're all well. As summer is approaching, my family and I have planned several outdoor activities such as hiking, camping and swimming. However, I've noticed that my family members often neglect the importance of wearing appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear which can put them at risk of injuries and other health problems.

I've tried to explain to them why wearing proper clothing and footwear is important but they don't seem to take it seriously. I really want to ensure my family stays safe and healthy during our outdoor activities.

So, I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions or tips on how I can effectively teach my family about the importance of wearing appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance!

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Hi there,

I totally understand your concern. I too had a similar experience with my family members when we went on a camping trip. They didn't wear proper clothing or footwear and ended up getting really cold at night and experiencing insect bites due to not being properly covered.

One approach that worked for me was sharing information about weather and terrain ahead of time, so they could prepare their clothing and footwear accordingly. If they know the weather forecast, they will likely understand the importance of bringing warm clothes and waterproof gear, for instance.

Also, I took them shopping for appropriate gear, explaining specific features like waterproofing, breathability, insulation, etc. This made them realize the infrastructure available for different outdoor activities and their specific requirements.

Another approach that worked for me is leading by example, by showing up in appropriate clothing and footwear at outdoor activities like hiking, cycling, or kayaking. Moreover, I shared my past experiences with them, and telling them the story about how I had to cut my hiking short because my shoes were not good enough and left my feet blistered.

Overall, I think by communicating with your family beforehand, educating them about the importance of appropriate gear, and leading by example, you can help prepare them for a successful and safe outdoor experience.

I hope this helps.


Hey there,

I can relate to your situation where family members don't take appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear seriously. Whenever my family and friends plan for an outdoor activity, they tend to be more focused on having fun and don't think much about what to wear.

One thing I found to be effective is to educate them about the specific requirements of the activity we're planning to undertake, especially about the hazards associated with it. For instance, if we are planning a hike, I would talk to them about the necessary clothing and footwear to protect ourselves from bugs, snakes, and venomous insects that could be on the trails.

When I explain the relevant hazards, they tend to understand the importance of wearing appropriate gear and the potential consequences of not doing so.

Another approach that has worked for me is to bring some extra gear. I would pack extra jackets, sunscreen, insect repellent, hats, and gloves, and then offer them to my friends and family members who forgot or didn't bring the required gear. This way, they realize that being prepared is essential, and they are more likely to wear and appreciate the gear accordingly.

Ultimately, it's important to balance fun and safety and communicate with your family about the importance of wearing the right clothing and footwear. It may take some patience and effort, but the payoff in preventing injuries and illnesses is worth it.

I hope my perspective helps you in some way.


Sure, Here's my take on this.

I completely understand where you're coming from. I've had a similar experience with my family where they often don't prioritize wearing appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear. I think one thing that's helped me is explaining specific examples of what can happen if they don't wear the right gear.

For example, I once went on a hike with my family and my mom was wearing sandals instead of hiking boots. She ended up slipping and hurting her ankle which put a damper on the rest of the day. After that experience, she realized the importance of wearing appropriate footwear and hasn't made the same mistake since.

Another thing that's helped is setting an example by wearing the right clothing and footwear myself. My family often follows my lead in terms of what to wear, so if they see me wearing appropriate outdoor gear, they're more likely to do the same.

Lastly, I think it's important to emphasize the long-term health benefits of wearing appropriate outdoor gear. For example, wearing sun protection can help prevent skin cancer, while wearing sturdy shoes can prevent foot and ankle injuries. By appealing to their long-term health and wellbeing, they may be more motivated to wear the right gear.

I hope these suggestions help!


Hello everyone,

I completely understand the importance of wearing appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear around family members. I have had numerous experiences where my family members don't wear the proper attire while outdoors, and it becomes hazardous.

One particular incident that happened was during our camping trip, where my uncle wasn't wearing the appropriate footwear. We went on a hike, and on our way back, it started raining. He forgot to wear the waterproof footwear and ended up getting blisters and was forced to walk back barefoot in the rain. I realized the importance of wearing proper shoes, and it's critical to remind our family members of the same.

One suggestion that worked with my family was to explain the benefits of wearing the right clothing and footwear while outdoors. It's essential to stay comfortable and safe while doing any activity away from the comfort of our homes.

So, I always remind them to check the weather forecast and pick suitable clothing and footwear accordingly. I also encourage them to invest in weather-appropriate clothing and footwear or rent the same if it's a one-off trip.

Overall, I think that encouraging our family members to adopt the correct outdoor clothing and footwear is crucial for their safety, comfort, and enjoyment of any outdoor activity.

Thank you, and I hope this helps!

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