With lockdown almost over around the country, we are all hoping for better days. Even though it might take months or even years to return to our habits before the pandemic, we are still eager to travel, even if it’s just for the weekend or to provide our children with new experiences and teach them how to make the most of the world they live in.
Europe and exotic destinations might be out of the question for the current year, but this doesn’t mean that you are doomed to stay at home for the upcoming seasons. This is the perfect opportunity to plan a budget-friendly getaway for you and the kids and indulge in a rural feast by visiting a local farm.
Animal farms are the perfect places for your children to learn more about animals and a sustainable lifestyle, while adults can enjoy the fresh air and delicious, organic-grown dishes, and some time away from technology. If you want to make the most out of your rural trip, here are some tips to take into account.
Pack your supplies
A weekend trip with the kids to a local farm can easily turn into a whole day worth of packing and making snacks for the road. As you never know what to bring and what to leave at home, most of the time you will end up with bags that are heavier than your total weight.
Don’t forget to bring your rain boots, bug repellant, and a change of warmer clothes as it can get chilly at night.
If you plan on staying for around a week, apart from your regular packs, you should also stock on toiletries such as shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, and shower gel.
Take into account that the nearest convenience store might be miles away so you won’t be able to go to one that easily. With that in mind, you might also want a few bags of your favorite snacks, sweet treats, or any other foods and beverages that might help you get through the experience better.
Ask in advance if children and pets are allowed
Some farm tours allow children to enjoy some quality time knowing more about agricultural and farming activities, while others may not be so keen on looking after your kids. Before you plan your trip to a farm, make sure you know the local rules and respect them.
The same goes for your pets – some farms won’t allow you to bring your dog or cat with you because they might pose a threat to the other animals on the property. Dogs can also create quite a mess in their attempt to run free and enjoy the perks of a large outdoor venue, causing damage to the fields or the crops.
Don’t be afraid to test new things
Part of an authentic farm experience is to embrace nature and everything it has to offer. Some farms might be willing to take you in for free for a couple of days as long as you help around the household.
Either way, show your support and get involved in all the farm-specific activities such as cleaning barns, milking cows, making butter, picking up fresh eggs in the morning, or cooking. You can find more gardening and farming tips or relevant information on Silverlakefarms.