Hiking with Kids Checklist
So, you’ve decided to go hiking with your kids. But, how sure are you that you have already packed everything you would need? How about your first aid kit, kids hiking boots and a bottle of water? As we all know, it is never easy to go hiking with children. So, we have created this checklist specifically for you.
Kids tends to be tired and hungry a lot. So, if they have shown signs of being hungry or tired, giving them some snacks will do the trick. It can also be the best solution to stop a whining child. This will give them more energy to finish the entire hiking trail with you. As you would be bringing the snack with you as you hike, pack lightweight yet notorious snacks for you and for your kids like a sandwich for example.
As a parent, it is very important to keep your kids hydrated while hiking, especially as you would be having a long journey ahead of you. Always bring bottled water with you for you cannot expect that there would be a store where you can buy it from along the trail. It is suggested for you and your kids to drink about two cups of water for every hour of hiking.
Disposable wipes and trash bag
As you and your kids would be spending some time close to nature, bringing disposable wipes is a good idea as children can get messy as they eat or as they participate in the activities and the games that you have prepared for them. Of course, as you cannot throw away your trash in the hiking trail, you also need to being a trash bag with you.
You and your kids should wear the proper clothing and gear for hiking. So, buy kids hiking boots, especially a waterproof one if you don’t have one yet in your home. Windproof jackets is also a must. Look for gears that are comfortable, durable and breathable. It is also one way for you to ensure the safety of your kids as you hike. After all, having the right gear makes you fully prepared to whatever it is that awaits you on the hiking trail.
First aid supply
Accidents may happen any time and even as you go hiking. So, make sure to bring a first aid supply. It should include a disinfecting ointment, safety pin, multi-use tool, cleansing pads, adhesive bandages, thermometer, sterile dressing, gauze roll and different kinds of medicines. Remember to put it in a sealable plastic bag.
Although there are trees in the hiking trails, you and your kids would still be exposed to the sun for a long time. So, bring sun protection with you like a pair of sunglasses and a sunscreen as well. Make sure that the one you have bought blocks both UVB and UVA rays.
Having all of these things prepared in time, you can now take out your kids hiking boots and go on a hiking with your kids.