Hiking with kids can be challenging, even more so when you’re trying to keep the peace between you and your little ones. We’ve all been there – you’re walking along, enjoying the beauty of nature, and suddenly one of your offspring needs to pee. Or they want to stop at a yellow flower for no apparent reason other than it’s yellow and pretty. You know what I mean: It’s not like these types of things are new or unusual for humans – but there is something about being surrounded by trees, flowers, streams and rivers that calms us down a bit!
- Make sure your shoes are comfortable and supportive.
- Don’t wear flip flops, or anything with a heel (no matter how cute they look).
- Don’t wear shoes that are too tight or too loose. You will want to be able to feel the ground, so go for something that fits well but isn’t uncomfortable in any way.
- Avoid shoes with lots of cushioning—they’re not meant for hiking!
You’ll need a water bottle. Of course, you do!
For this hike, we recommend the Platypus SoftBottle™ Wide Neck Polycarbonate Bottle—it’s lightweight and durable, with a wide mouth that makes it easy to fill up on the go. This particular model also comes with an attachable straw so your little one can use it as a sippy cup if they’re old enough (or if you want them to).
The best part about having this type of bottle is that it makes carrying water for yourself or your child effortless; all you have to do is snap off the cap and open up the spout—no twisting or crushing necessary! And once everything has been emptied out into whatever receptacle happens along on its journey through wherever else may be nearby at any given time during these adventures (not always going uphill), simply pull out another one from its baggie pouch before heading back home again where there’ll likely still be lots again later today when everyone else gets home too 🙂
Snacks and/or picnic lunch
You can pack a lunch for your family to enjoy on the hike. This is a great way to save money, as well as make sure everyone gets some food in their stomachs before they start exploring their surroundings.
Here are some tips:
- Make sure it’s easy-to-eat and good for you. Food should be something that everyone can eat together, preferably something healthy (no chips or soda) so there’s no arguing about whose turn it was to bring snacks! If you’re going somewhere where there might be bugs or other wildlife around—like up in the mountains—you might want to bring along some sort of insect repellent spray; otherwise, just plan on eating whatever you bring along without worrying about whether or not someone else has touched their plate recently!
- Make sure everything fits inside a backpack (or carrier). The last thing anyone wants is having their bag get dirty from carrying too many items at once; this isn’t always possible if you’re trying out new products but still want them ready when needed.”
Sun hats and sunscreen
You’ll want to make sure your kids have a hat and sunscreen. The sun can be intimidating, but it’s important to remember that the sun is also our friend. It provides us with energy and warmth on clear days (and even moreso during winter). But when it’s hot or cloudy, we need to protect ourselves from UV rays—and that means wearing sunscreen! If you’re going hiking with your child(ren), have them wear a hat since they tend not to do so themselves (or perhaps because they don’t know how). Make sure everyone has some kind of protection on their face as well as any exposed skin—including ears! In addition, reapply every two hours if you’re going somewhere where reapplying often won’t be possible (like swimming).
Backpack for collection of rocks, sticks, flowers, and any other items of interest
A backpack is the best way to carry all your items. Make sure it is large enough to hold everything you want to collect, and make sure it is comfortable. It should also be sturdy and waterproof so that you can keep your things safe from rain or snow.
The best place for a pocket inside a backpack? The front pouch! This is where we recommend storing all of our water bottles, plus any other items such as rocks or sticks (if they aren’t too heavy).
These simple things make your hike much more enjoyable
We’re all about the outdoors, but there are some things you should keep in mind before heading out with your kids. These simple things make your hike much more enjoyable:
- Comfortable shoes. You want to be able to walk for miles without having to stop and take a break. That said, if your kids aren’t used to being barefoot or wearing sandals—or if they aren’t comfortable with wearing sneakers—then bring along flip-flops or other footwear that will make them feel more confident on their feet.
- Water bottle(s). It’s important for everyone involved in an afternoon hike not only drink plenty of water but also stay hydrated by bringing along water bottles (or cups) for each person on the trip so no one gets thirsty mid-hike!
- Snacks/picnic lunch/pizza rolls/etc… Bring along whatever food you prefer so everyone can enjoy something different from what’s available outside such as sandwiches or fruit salads packed into reusable containers like Ziploc bags with lids instead of plastic bags; these cut down on waste since no need exist for disposable containers like Tupperware containers which end up getting thrown away after serving one purpose once consumed.”
I hope these tips will help you have a great afternoon with your kids. Remember to keep it simple, and don’t be afraid to break out the old hiking boots!