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A family hike can be a lot of fun. By hike, I do mean a gentle, easy, fun walk in the park through some trails. I’m including small kids after all. A three-year-old is adventurous, but also clumsy. So no serious hiking steep cliffs for us. But we do enjoy walking the trails around the lake and in the local parks here in Central Texas. We are especially looking forward to cooler temperatures when fall arrives, so we can do them more often. Here are some of our tips to enjoy a fun family hike in your local park.
Pick a Simple Trail
As I said already, hiking with kids is best when the trails are simple and fun. Pick a fun park with an easy walking trail with some great views. This will keep small kids from getting overtired or cranky. If you end the walk with a visit to the nearby fun playground, even better.
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This simply means plan and think ahead. Be sure to wear sunscreen. Wear hats and sunglasses if it’s a hot and sunny day. Wear light fabrics that breathe and move easily. Or, if it is a chilly day, wear layers so you don’t overheat.
Are you going somewhere very wooded? Please also use bug spray. Bug bites are no fun and can lead to other complications you are not looking for when you want to enjoy a family hike in a park. Put one of these BuzzPatch natural mosquito repellents on your child.
If your child is in the process of potty training, bring a change of clothes. Also, bring some snacks – granola bars or trail mix. No one wants a fun walk to be interrupted by a hangry toddler.
It might be a good idea to have a small first aid kit, at least with wipes and bandages. Scraped knees happen.
I like to carry a few of these essentials in a backpack.
Over to you – what tips do you have for an enjoyable family hike?
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we try wearing out the wee one with long walks outside too. hiking doesnt have to be uphill!
Yes this exactly! Wear them out! woo!
Krystal Miller says
We love taking family hikes. i always have to pack a ton of snacks. walking apparently makes my kids hungry!
We love going on family hikes too! It’s one of our favorite things to do together. These tips are perfect!
Adree | The Keele Deal says
Great tips, we love going on little hikes with our kids. We found an easy trail that leads to a waterfall that our kids love. I think the biggest thing is to remember to take it slow. Little kids love to stop and explore everything, so let them. It’s a great way for them to learn and you to spend time together.
These are great tips. I set a goal at the beginning of the year to hike more and I’ve pretty much failed. This is a good reminder!
Nikki Crump says
I love these tips! I love hiking with my kids. We must try these because on really hot days we get very dehydrated and water does not work!
Thanks for sharing these helpful tips! I completely agree that preparation is key. I love reading other mom’s comments on what trails they used, how much fun they had and if they would recommend to other moms with small children. I’m a list taker and so I LOVE having a checklist and marking the items off as I pack them. This helps make sure that I don’t forget anything (especially bug spray and small first aid kit.) My tips is to make sure everyone has a camera, you never know what you may see on the trail!
Definitely a great reminder. Can’t go anywhere without a camera, there’s so much wonder to see and you have to capture it.