Are you looking for the perfect way to enjoy some time with the kids? Do you want to create a bonding experience that sticks with them, and possibly even offers a bit of an educational experience? If so, hiking trips can be the perfect answer. Hiking gives you a chance to explore the great outdoors with the kids, take in all the beauty of nature, do some wildlife viewing, and get away from the digital world.
With that said, there are some tips you can use that will help ensure the hiking trip is a huge hit with the kids. So, let’s take a closer look.
Prepare for All Types of Weather
One of the most important tips is to prepare for all types of weather. This is a tip that is important regardless of who is hiking, as not being prepared with the proper clothing can ruin the experience. You want to think about dry, hot, damp, cold, and plain old wet conditions. It’s usually a good idea to pack base layers for cold temperatures. A rain jacket and good quality rain pants make a world of difference, as will waterproof footwear, and hats and gloves (if applicable).
Of course, the best way to prepare for the weather is to be sure you’re paying attention to the local weather forecast leading up to your hiking trip. If you will be camping overnight as well, you’ll want to pay close attention to the evening weather conditions, as they can alter drastically.
Set Realistic Expectations
It’s wise to also set realistic expectations regarding how much ground you’ll cover during your hike. Young kids just aren’t going to move as fast as adults, they won’t be able to cover as much ground, and they get tired faster. Being realistic from the get-go will help to ensure that you don’t push them too far and you aren’t disappointed for not being able to hike further/longer. Those longer hikes can come later on as they get older and more experienced.
No Need to Stick to an Itinerary
Hiking with kids also means it’s time to throw that itinerary to the side. There will be no such thing as set breaks, set meal times, and arriving at a specific time. With kids, it’s much more ‘go with the flow’. If they see something that catches their eye, jump on the opportunity and use it as a learning experience. Kids are notorious for wanting to stop and take a closer look or explore something “neat” they see, so go ahead and let them.
Pack Plenty of Snacks and Drinks
You’ll also want to be sure they are kept hydrated and have snacks on hand to satisfy those hunger cravings. Water is always the best type of drink to pack, so make sure you’ve got more than enough. As for what types of snacks to pack, you want to think in terms of easy items that are portable and simple to eat, and easily stowed in your backpack. They should also be nutritious and provide kids with the energy they need to keep on hiking.
Choose a Path that Is of Interest to the Kids
The final tip is to keep your kids in mind when you are picking the hiking path and destination. Pick one that matches up with their level of experience and fitness, and that would be of interest to them.
A Fabulous Opportunity for Family Fun
Hiking is a wonderful way for the whole family to enjoy some outdoor time, explore nature, and really bond with one another. With these tips, there is no reason not to hit the trails.