22 Tips For Hiking With Kids That Every Parent Should Know

    How to take to the trails with toddlers in tow.

    1. Set up a Make-Your-Own Trail Mix Bar beforehand.

    2. And bring along plenty more snacks and water.

    3. Make sponge necklaces to help keep your little ones cool.

    4. Choose the right hike.

    5. If there's a reward, even better.

    6. Make it into a scavenger hunt.

    7. Bring a book.

    Like this outdoor workbook, found here, or try The Curious Nature Guide.

    8. If you've only got one kiddo, ask if they want to bring a friend.

    9. Start early.

    10. Pack knowing that at some point, you will be carrying most if not all of the load.

    11. That being said, don't skimp on layers.

    12. Grab a trail map at the trailhead as a reminder of what's to come.

    13. Take turns on who gets to be hiking leader.

    14. And give each kid a ~important role~.

    15. Take plenty of rests.

    16. Teach your little ones what to avoid.

    17. And come prepared for as many incidents as you can.

    18. Bring wet wipes.

    19. If you've got tots that can talk, chat 'em up!

    20. If you're trekking with a wee babe, make sure you're familiar with your carrier and that it is comfortable for both of you.

    21. Keep track of time.

    22. Know when it's time to call it quits.

    Got your own awesome hacks for hiking with kids? Tell us about it in the comments!