My family and I went to the Poconos earlier this summer. It was our first true foray into nature. And if you know me, the only nature I really like is the sandy kind. Also? There must be a drink in my hand.

The Poconos did not offer that kind of nature. Unless you count the tiny river-front “beach” where I came THISCLOSE to swimming with a snake. I DO NOT COUNT IT.

Anyway, out of the confines of an air conditioned house and into the wild we went. About three seconds into our first hike, I realized I had underestimated the things we’d need. So I created this list of must-have’s to keep in your car for optimal summer enjoyment*

 

*staying alive in nature

 

Godspeed.