Back-to-school is right around the corner (or has already hit, depending on where you are living) so we put together a list of items that are perfect for the outdoor adventurers in your life.

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Back-to-school items for outdoor lovers

1. Hydro Flask Wide Mouth Bottle w/ Straw and Lid - $35.95CAD

This is the perfect water bottle to send your children with to school. Here are some of our favourite features: 

  • Non-slip silicone bottom to prevent any slippage
  • The lid & straw are leak-resistant so you don’t have to worry about any backpack spills
  • It keeps drinks cold for up to 24 hours
  • The wide mouth makes it very easy to clean

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2. Nalgene Water Bottle (for the older Kiddos) + Easy Sipper Lid Attachment

This water bottle is perfect for making sure your older kiddos are drinking enough water throughout the day, without having to fill up their bottle multiple times through the day. We love this Easy Sipper Lid Attachment from MEC for spill free sipping. 

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3. Hydro Flask Insulated Food Jars - Starting at $47.95CAD

With 3 different sizes of Insulated Food Jars to choose from, these will be sure to come in handy for back-to-school, or your next family adventure. These are perfect for the outdoor lover in your life. Here are a few features to take note of: 

  • Double-wall vacuum insulation to keep food hot or cold for long days
  • Leak-proof design so you can ensure your little ones lunch kit and backpack stays clean 
  • Wide mouth design makes for easy cleaning

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4. MEC Rain Gear

With it being fall time, it is so hard to predict what the weather will be outside. Depending on the age, we like to send our children with a change of clothes just in case they need. 

Here are a few of our favourite waterproof items that we love to send with our L.Os during the Fall and Spring: 

MEC Newt Suite in yellow, the perfect gift for rainy day adventures.

5. MEC Kids Lunch Bag - $29.95CAD

This lunch bag is perfect for keeping your little ones lunches cold, fresh and organized! It is super easy to clean, just in case there happen to any spills leaks. Check out these awesome colours below. 

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6. Patagonia Kid's Refugito Day Pack 12L - $85.00CAD

The Refugito Daypack 12L is built for the next generation of activists. Combining a kid-specific fit, trail-ready shoulder straps and back panel, and durable recycled materials, it’s as happy learning about the natural world as it is exploring it. Made in a Fair Trade Certified™ factory.

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7. UCO Eco Switch Spork

This 4-in-1spoon, fork, knife and extended utensil is perfect for school lunches and to use on camping trips. The ultimate multi-purpose tool! These utensils are dishwasher and microwave safe, as well. 

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8. MEC Cozy Hoodie - $33.71 CAD

A long, warm hoodie that keeps weight low and comfort high. The Cozy hood is just that, cozy. Made from a lightweight fleece this hoodie is great over a tee on the playground or layered under a shell on a chilly hike. Here are the features highlighted on MECs website: 

  • Crafted from a brushed polyester fleece that holds in warmth and wicks away moisture
  • Dropped hemline provides more coverage and leaves room to grow
  • Raglan sleeves keep movement free and work well will pack straps
  • Large, soft hood ups the comfort factor
  • Name tag on the inside, great for making play date or daycare pick-ups a little easier

We hope this list helps you with back-to-school shopping, and thank-you for your continued support of Kids Who Explore!

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