Top 6 Tips on Hiking with Kids
Hiking is exciting for kids; well, it’s exciting for all, but you got it, right? It makes them closer to nature which helps them discover — everything!
However, for parents, taking kids on the ‘endeavor’ calls for a good amount of responsibility. But don’t fret. Below are some tips that would be helpful for your hiking trip with your kids.
- Comfort First
We know hiking is about to let go of the fears and thinking out of the box. However, when traveling with kids, your priority is your children.
Remember, your children are going to be cranky when they are either tired or hungry. Therefore, be prepared! Pack their favorite snack and treat them every now and then. If they have their favorite toy, pack it as well (as long as it is not too heavy to carry). Provide every type of comfort that your child may require and hopefully all goes well.
Plus, do not set unrealistic goals. If your children can walk a mile, then be it. Do not make them walk further if they start complaining about the trip.
- The Game of Patience
Kids can be very annoying, especially when you want them to be on their best behavior. Hence, we recommend you to pack an extra bag of patience with you. Be prepared to waste time on useless stuff, either chasing a butterfly or a frog down the trail. (But, in a way, this can also be called priceless stuff!)
- Pack Everything Extra
Children make a lot of mess, therefore, always pack an extra garment than they would already need. Always keep yourself updated about the weather conditions. If the weather is too hot, then make them wear some light and comfortable. If the weather is too cold, keep an extra cardigan for the trip.
Other things that you might want to pack include the first aid box, mosquito repellent, sun screen and, extra snack. Make sure the first aid kit is updated and contains everything that you will need for the trip. Do not forget to keep handy tools that you might need during the trip.
- Be A Source of Encouragement for Your Kids
Take frequent food and drink breaks. If you will pack the food they love, they will definitely feel motivated. Let them know that after a certain point, they will have a certain snack they like and they will look forward to it.
- Let Them Lead
Kids love it when they are in charge of something. They love to control and run the things in their own unique way. If you are going in a group and you have other kids with you as well then take turns. However, do not let them forget who the boss is.
- Make Your Trip Fun
The main idea of the trip is to bring the family closer together. You can sing along or make your children explore freely. Name everything that comes in your way, whether it is a bird hole, an unusual leaf or a nest.
Hiking can be a lot of fun if you plan it the right way. Hence, never be afraid to plan it with your kids.