It’s officially summertime! Kids are out of school for the next few weeks and are looking for some adventure. One of the best parts of summer is the consistently warm weather and long days. These conditions make for ideal hiking and outdoor endeavors! Getting children into hiking at any age is a great way to get them out of the house and moving during their time out of the classroom. Here are some tips for those looking to get out and explore with their children this summer!
Research the Trail
One of the most important things for anyone going on a hike is to know the trail before you go. Although going on a new trail with kids in tow can be risky, it can be a great experience if prepared. Taking a look at the trail maps prior to leaving the house is highly suggested. By knowing how long you can expect to be traveling for, you can predict the number of supplies you need. If it is your first time on that particular trail, make sure to research the terrain and how rough or smooth it is. When hiking with young children, you should avoid trails that require climbing or hills. Adolescents and teens are likely looking for thrills and excitement. Therefore, some more challenging trails can be considered when making plans to hike with older children.
Supplies and Gear
While many of the supplies for adult and children hikers are the same, there are a few key items to remember to bring when taking young ones along. The obvious necessities include; enough water and food for everyone (extra is better than running out). Additionally, bug repellant, sunscreen, and eye or face protection are best to have on hand. During the summer, the heat and the sun radiate at much higher levels. Although the trails may be shaded, it is important to protect your children’s skin from any sun damage. Another important aspect to hiking safely with children is dressing them appropriately. While experienced hikers likely have a large supply of proper apparel, children will not. If you are taking a trail that leads through rough areas, make sure the child has long pants on to avoid scratches or bites.
Getting out in nature with children is a great way to let them escape from their bubble of technology and social media. Making sure you are completely prepared for the difference hiking with a child entails will lead to a successful adventure. Stay tuned to this blog for more tips on hiking with young ones!