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22 Tips For Hiking With Kids That Every Parent Should Know

How to take to the trails with toddlers in tow.

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4. Choose the right hike.

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Pick something easy and pretty with plenty of stimulation and a small, if any, incline. Or as Matt Johnson of REI recommends, try to stick close to home so you can manage naps, feedings, or any meltdowns with ease.


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

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It'll help keep kids pumped to be hiking and let them try out their navigation skills.

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

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Someone can be on the lookout for birds or woodland critters. Another tyke can be the Hike Cheerleader for when folks get tired, or put everyone on Safety Squad and looking out for each other.


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

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Like this cute and portable first aid kit that'll fit in practically anything, and don't forget bug spray and anti-itch cream!

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

This is a great chase to share stories with your kiddos and get their opinion on things. And the more you engage them, the less focused they'll be on how tough the walk is.

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.

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Know how far and how long you've walked so you can make sure you all have enough stamina to get back. Better yet, research how long the hike is estimated to take beforehand.

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

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Let's face it, you know when your little one is getting tired better than they do. Don't hesitate to call it a day before the tantrums start, but be sure to give your little one props on a hike well done!

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


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