Seven great tips for hiking with kids that every parent should know! How to make hiking with kids fun, enjoyable and easy so everyone can have a good time!
** This post is made in partnership with Smucker’s Uncrustables. But as always, all opinions are my own.
With the weather warming up we try to get outside as much as possible! This weekend we were able to go on a nice family hike (lets be honest. it was more of a walk in the mountains – we can’t really hike with out almost 2 year old) but I was thinking about some ways to make hiking and other outdoor activities easier with little kiddos.
I’ve thought of 7 tips to make the outdoor adventures more fun and easy for the whole family.
1) Choose your hike carefully. Choose a hike that isn’t too long or too difficult. Think about the age of your children, and some of their interests and pick a hike that they will be able to do, and one that will peak their interest. Choose a hike that has a fun destination, or fun things along the way like a stream along the way, cool rocks to climb, or a waterfall at the end.
2) Bring lots of water. Bring a water bottle, or two per person to make sure that every one stays hydrated!
3) Bring food. Bring lots of snacks for your kiddos to eat along the way, but what we also love to do is bring a little picnic to eat when we reach our destination. Bring food packed with lots of energy, like nuts, dried fruit, granola bars, string cheese, etc. One of our favorite easy things to bring for our picnic lunches is Smucker’s Uncrustables! Smucker’s Uncrustables are the perfect portable and on the go lunch. Nate, Colby and I all love them – they are great for kids and adults alike!
4) Dress appropriately. Remember that you and your children need good sturdy shoes, whether you’re hiking on a paved trail, or a rocky dirt path. If you might be hiking through water, keep that in mind with the shoes you wear. If you’ll be walking through a muddy path, or brush – long socks and pants are a good idea too so you can avoid scratched legs. Make sure to bring layers that you can take off if it gets too warm, or that you can add in case its colder than expected (especially in the shade and in the morning)
5) Take lots of breaks along the way. Remember not to over exert yourself or your children. Let your kids set the pace and take a lot of breaks along the way to make sure no one gets too worn out along the way. While you’re taking your breaks drink some water, have a quick snack and enjoy listening to some birds, or throwing a few rocks 😉 to help your everyone keep their energy up.
6) Bring your camera. There are bound to be lots of good photo ops on your hike, even if its just capturing a picture of your little with their favorite stick. Make sure to take lots of pictures along the way and don’t forget to get one at the end of your hike showing your destination!
7) Enjoy the journey. Sometimes hikes with little ones don’t go exactly as planned, but the most important part is enjoying time together and enjoying being outside. Watch out for cool things along the way as you hike, big sticks, new types of plants, bugs, big trees, flowers, and maybe even some animals. Your kids might even like these parts better than the great view (or whatever else there might be) at the end of the hike, or even if you don’t make it to your destination, that’s okay too. Colby loves stopping along the way to look at and pick up almost every stick and rock he sees – but because he loves that, that’s what is most important!
I loved enjoying this fun adventure with Colby and I hope we can enjoy many more adventures soon! Hope you’ll take your kids out and explore too!