5 Tips for Hiking with Kids

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5 tips for hiking with kids

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I used to do quite a bit of hiking with the hubby before we had kids. Now that we have a baby and a toddler, it’s much more difficult but I plan to do a lot more of it once they become a bit older and can get up the hills better. Hiking is such a freeing activity and I love being one with nature with one the sounds of the woods surrounding you. My husband loved to hike when I met him and he had to drag me out there but I always loved the serenity it brought. 

5 tips for hiking with kids

Recently, we took a trip up one of our nearby paths with both of the kids and figured I would tell you guys about 5 tips on hiking with kids! As with everything else when it comes to kids, it’s all a science! You need to be prepared and everything will go smoothly (says no mother ever). Ha! 

5 tips for hiking with kids

Anyways, here are 5 tips for hiking with kids that will hopefully make the trip a pleasant one for you all!for.) First and foremost, make sure you have the right protection. Make sure to have on long pants with high socks and sneakers (for everyone)! This will ensure that you don’t get poison ivy, sumac or any of those other uncomfortable rashes after the fact. It also helps ward off ticks and other pesty bugs. We use Fit Organic mosquito repellant. They created a formula that is USDA approved organic mosquito repellant, safe for pregnant mothers and children to use. It consists of organic lemongrass and organic oleic acid to provide equal protection to DEET within three hours of application. All of this minus the harsh, nasty chemicals, I am SOLD! The best part about this product is the way it smells! Make sure to stash this into your hiking bag for sure!

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5 tips for hiking with kids

5 tips for hiking with kids

5 tips for hiking with kids

2.) Always make sure that you have all of your essentials! You can find the top ten essentials here! As I mentioned before, being prepared is key! Make sure to also bring your usual change of clothing for kids, diapers, wipes, safety whistles for each child (if they can use one), and snacks/plenty of water.

5 tips for hiking with kids

3.) Keep it easy and short the first few times // Kids can get bored while doing the same thing for too long. The first few times you take them hiking, take them on quick 1 or 2 mile hikes so that it keeps their attention. Make sure to make the adventure fun and they will be sure to want to go back for more! 

5 tips for hiking with kids

4.) Plan for frequent stops // Make sure to take water breaks so that the kids can rest and have a drink or snack if they need it. Remember, they aren’t as physically strong as we are yet and it takes a lot more for them to hike then it does for us!

5 tips for hiking with kids

5.) Rotate leaders & Bring a Friend! // As your children get older, they will want to take turns leading the pack! Be sure to let everyone have a turn at it. You can also see if they would like to bring friends along for the adventure!

5 tips for hiking with kids

Also, be sure to have everything in this First Aid Checklist:

  • Sunscreen
  • Children’s Tylenol and Motrin
  • Band-Aids
  • Calamine lotion
  • Tweezers (these can be used to remove splinters or for other tasks)
  • Anti-bacterial wipes
  • Epipen (if you or your child has allergies)
  • Liquid Benadryl
  • Ace Wrap
  • Bacitracin

 5 TIPS FOR HIKING WITH KIDS

5 Comments

  1. September 14, 2016 / 8:21 pm

    These are great tips. We go camping often, but are new to hiking, and we have a teenage daughter that really enjoys it. She loves any outdoor activity. Walking the hiking trails are a real favorite. Having sun screen and bug repellent is a BIG must every time.

  2. September 15, 2016 / 1:22 pm

    I love spending time with my kids outdoors. Hiking can be so relaxing and you see so many neat things, but it can be stressful when kids are involved! I love your tips, they’ll definitely make our hiking trips much more enjoyable (by all of us!).

  3. September 15, 2016 / 8:13 pm

    Your pictures are gorgeous! Ive never taken my kids hiking but its something I really would like to do soon. Love that your tips are practical and easy to follow. Will keep this in mind for when we do go hiking!

  4. October 4, 2016 / 12:55 am

    Such good tips. We just started letting our little ones out of the carrier so they can “hike” along side us. It takes twice as long but they’re having twice the fun.

  5. March 3, 2017 / 10:01 pm

    I love this post! I love taking my kids hiking (once it’s warm out!!). I’m really hoping we can do a little bit more of it this year since the youngest is 3. Before this year, we have always had one that had to basically be carried the entire way. Looks like you all had fun. 🙂

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