If you are looking for a way to enjoy more quality time with your kids an activity break could be perfect for you. Going hiking, riding or cycling together is a great way to pass the time together, as well as getting exercise. They are brilliant to get away from daily routines and create some really special memories.
The only problem is that activity breaks can be a bit expensive. This is especially the case when it comes to buying clothes for this type of holiday. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. Provided you shop smart, you don’t need to spend any more on clothes, and other items, than you would for any other holiday.
Buy items you will continue to use
My top tip is to avoid buying specialist items of clothing as much as you can. Ideally, you want to be able to wear whatever you buy when you get home. For example, these long sleeve polo shirts for men can just as easily be worn for work as they can be for cycling or hiking.
Usually, there is no need to buy special clothes. A fleece can quickly be made suitable for wearing in the rain by donning a lightweight, foldable, waterproof over the top. Potentially each member of the family just needs a light shower-proof jacket to wear with a coat that they already own.
Buy second hand
If you do need to buy specialist items of clothing try to buy them second hand. You will be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to pick up cheap equipment using this approach, especially for the kids. If you struggle to find what you need, try contacting local clubs for the activity you are planning. They are usually extremely helpful and will have the contacts you need.
Take advantage of special offers
For those items you cannot avoid buying, look for vouchers before you go shopping. Sign up to be notified of special offers and sales via a variety of websites.
Should you do decide to do this, do not use your main email address. You really do not want to have to wade through an inbox full of messages from shops and stores to read your normal emails. It is best to set up a temporary email address and sign into it just before you are ready to go shopping to find out about special offers that could be relevant to you. This article shows you how to find the bargains and contains some other very interesting money saving tips.
Hire or borrow instead of buying
Often you can hire what you need or borrow it from friends and family. Buying hiking boots for everyone is going to work out expensive, and they are not likely to get used much once you get back home.
It is silly to spend a lot of money on items like these if you can hire or borrow them instead. This is a particularly good option if you are planning to enjoy a lot of outdoor activities and want to give camping a try.
You can also check out Mummy Travels who has some more great tips for budget holidays.