Best Family Hiking Advice

Family hiking is one of those activities that everyone including the family dog can enjoy. It's fun, healthy, inexpensive and a great time to bond.

Whether you are going for a short day hike or a longer backpacking overnight trip there are a few things to keep in mind before heading out. family hiking

  • If you are hiking with younger children make sure that you take the youngest child's abilities into consideration.
  • Take it nice and slow! Enjoy being out in nature. This is a great way for kids and parents to really appreciate our surroundings and learn some cool things like how fast a slug can move.

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    Climbing, running, exploring and log crossing are all fun parts of hiking.

  • Use hiking to teach and learn new things about your natural surroundings
  • Take a book about bugs with you! Or trees and plants or birds.

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    Family hiking in our family means bringing along some healthy snacks plus a little not so healthy treats for our kids to help motivate them to the top or the mid point. Happy kids are happy hikers!

  • We like to bring along an assortment of nuts for all of us to snack on and either fresh or dried fruit and maybe something chocolatey for our sweet teeth!
  • We also bring along lots of fresh water to drink along the way.
  • Playing games like "I Spy" along the way can keep little ones entertained.
  • Bringing along some kids outdoor toys can always help if you need it.
  • Do you need kids hiking boots or will running shoes be alright? Depends on how much hiking your family does and what the terrain is like. Most hiking with younger kids can be done wearing good running shoes or hiking sandals.
  • Bring along the kids outerwear just in case of wet or cooler weather.

  • Kids are natural explorers and hiking gives them a world to discover all kinds of things that capture their interest and lead to questions that naturally teach them about the world around them.

    Hiking with kids also helps to bring up the next generation of stewards for our parks, forests and green space.

    Family bonding, outdoor exercise, fun exploring and helping to protect our natural environment! What could be better than that?

    Happy hiking!

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