How to dress little explorers for outdoor adventures!

From a family of adventurers, dotte member Vikki (find her on Instagram at @wellies.and.wildflowers) shares her 5 go-to tips for dressing little explorers for the great outdoors - keeping them prepared, dry, and ready for nature!

1

I’ve found it hard to find good puddlesuits in my son’s size, as he’s a very tall 5 year old, but waterproof dungarees have transformed our outdoor adventures! They tend to be elasticated at the bottom with an elastic ‘stirrup’ to help keep them snug and tight over wellies, stopping water from getting in. You can get fleece lined ones in winter which are so snug and warm! 

Vikki's little ones splashing around in waterproof dungarees!

2

The best way to deal with muddy, waterproof outer layers is to let them dry in an outer room such as a utility or garage… and then just brush the mud off when dry. Washing them will gradually make them less waterproof and this way you will make them last much longer! 

3

For little feet we think barefoot is best but in the summer, we find jelly shoes extremely useful. They can be used as a general summer shoe but also for water based adventures when the footing is just too rough and stony for bare feet. A favourite brand for our family is Juju!

Rocking their family fave Juju jelly shoes!

Give preloved clothes a second life, even those which may not be in perfect condition - these are ideal to reserve for outdoor & messy play!

4

If you do come home with noticeable stains, cold soak the items as soon as you get home... I also find that hand washing the affected area with soap and cold water before putting into the washing machine works well. 

5

Shop second hand! There’s absolutely no point in buying brand new clothes in order for them to get stained or snagged on their first outdoor adventure. Give preloved clothes a second life, even those which may not be in perfect condition - these are ideal to reserve for outdoor & messy play!

We’ve got plenty of outdoor gear on dotte, ready for every adventure! Go have an explore and see what you have uncover on our marketplace

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