Whether you trek a tree-lined mountain trail, hit up a hilltop path, or take in a scenic beach view from atop a rocky route, these tips for hiking with kids will make your next trip so much easier.
Plan some activities that kids can do while hiking. Give them a magnifying glass, a book to identify plants, binoculars, or have a scavenger hunt along the way.
Prepare to take lots (and lots) of breaks when hiking with kids. Their legs may tired faster than yours, so be on the lookout for spots with boulders, logs, or stumps where you can sit and relax.
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Let kids carry their own lightweight backpack on longer hikes. Something small and comfortable that they can put their own water bottle and supplies in works especially well.
Plan for potty breaks and learn where any nearby bathrooms are located before you head out to hike with kids. A portable potty and extra diapers are also crucial for younger kids.
Test out your gear ahead of time before you set out on a hike with kids. Make sure all zippers work, any baby carriers or packs are comfy, your kids know how to use their walking sticks, and your shoes don’t leave blisters.