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Hiking with Kids this summer? Here are 7 Must Haves for Hiking with Kids!
In a world of near-constant digital stimulation, it ‘s incredible to get outdoors with my kids and go on a hike. There is nothing like a walk in the woods to get my tween boys to open up and talk to me. I love seeing the wonder in all of their eyes, as the boys jump boulders in the creek and Skye marvels over flowers, leaves, and rocks. (Yes, my girl has a weird infatuation with rocks.)
And of course, the exercise and fresh air is good for all of us.
Hiking with kids can take some getting used to.
Skye is amazing in her ability to keep going without fussing, but you still have to embrace the pace with a little one. For us, it is less about how fast she can go and more about the fact that she wants to stop every 200 yards and explore.
As long as you remember that it is about the journey and not the destination, hiking with kids can be one of the most enjoyable activities you do together.
Since we’ve been hitting the trails several times a week this summer, I thought I’d share my top must haves for hiking with kids.
7 Must Haves for Hiking with Kids
Snacks are most definitely a hiking necessity that you don’t want to forget!
We love to pack Jif Bars and Jif To Go®, which I pick up at Food Lion. They are the perfect portable solution for summer and a great way to keep the kids fueled along the trail. (Don’t forget the water!)
Jif Bars are the perfect blend of chewy granola and real Jif creamy peanut butter. There are a variety of combinations available, and they each provide 7g of protein per serving. I’ve always loved peanut butter, and the kids do too. They are the perfect choice to achieve your true peanut butter happiness on the go!
We love to pack fruit on the trail, and Jif To Go® is just the right-sized cup for your favorite dipping snacks. They so are easy to throw into your backpack.
Every bite will make you smile!
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2. Good Shoes
Early this summer, I made the mistake of going on a short hike through the trails surrounding the house in flip-flops. I ended up with a blister between my toes. It stung so bad that I thought I was getting bitten by a bug and ended up reaching down to try to get the “bug” off and popping it.
Let me tell you; it was not fun.
I am glad it was me and not one of the kids! Since then, I’ve been super diligent about making sure that everyone is in good shoes when we head out.
This is not the time for Skye to pull out her sparkly sneakers – good shoes with support are a must.
3. Bug Spray / Balm
It is no fun getting eaten alive so make sure you are to prepare. We skip the toxic stuff and use this DIY Bug Balm. I’ve yet to get bitten while wearing it.
As a beach girl, packing sunscreen should be second nature to me. Sadly, this wasn’t the case.
Since most of the hikes we do tend to involved waterfalls, I assumed that the trees would provide enough protection. Don’t make that mistake – especially if you have fair skinned children like I do!
5. Small Magnifying Glass
This is obviously more of a fun option, but packing a magnifying glass (or three) is a great way to give everyone a break and keep your kids engaged in the world around them. They boys love to check out bugs, while Skye is more interested in exploring rocks and flowers.
6. Water Shoes
If you are going to be near waterfalls, water shoes are a must. Some of the most fun times we’ve had this summer have been playing in the shallow creeks.
7. Small First Aid Kit
No need to pack anything fancy, but it is a good idea to have band-aids and antiseptic on hand for those skinned knees and scrapes. I throw in a bottle of lavender as well.
This Strawberry Kiwi Fruit Salad is one of our favorite things to pair with Jif Bars and Jif To Go®!
What are your best tips for hiking with kids?
Strawberry Kiwi Fruit Salad
This Strawberry Kiwi Fruit Salad is easy to make and loved by kids and adults alike. Perfect for your next family outing!
- 2 cups sliced strawberries
- 3 kiwi peeled and chopped
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice about two limes
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- Zest of two limes
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes
Place strawberries and kiwi in a medium bowl. Add lime juice and maple syrup and stir to combine. Top with lime zest and coconut flakes and serve.