Guide to Hiking with Kids - Mountain Kids Outfitters

Hiking with kids can be a fantastic way to bond with your family, explore the great outdoors, and get some exercise in the process. Here are some of the benefits of hiking with kids and the gear you'll need to make it a success!

  1. It's a great way to get exercise: Hiking is a great way to get your heart rate up and get some exercise while also enjoying the beautiful scenery.

  2. It encourages an appreciation for nature: Spending time in nature can help kids appreciate the natural world and develop a love for the environment.

  3. It promotes problem-solving skills: Hiking can present challenges such as navigating rough terrain, which can help kids develop problem-solving skills.

  4. It's a bonding experience: Hiking together as a family can be a great bonding experience and create lasting memories.

Now, let's talk gear! Here are some items you'll want to make sure you have for a successful family hike:

  1. Comfortable hiking shoes: Good hiking shoes will protect your child's feet and help prevent blisters. Shop our collection of Kids Hiking Shoes.

  2. Sunscreen and bug spray: Protecting your kids from the sun and bugs is important for a comfortable and enjoyable hike. We love the Sun Bum line of Kids Sunscreen with easy application options.

  3. Snacks and water: Make sure you bring plenty of water and snacks to keep your kids fueled and hydrated throughout the hike. HOT TIP - the Camelbak Hydration Packs carry 1.5 L of water and are light enough for kids to carry (plus it can fit their lunch, too)!

  4. Backpack: A backpack is a must-have for carrying all of your gear and snacks. Shop our collection of Backpacks for Kids and Youth.

  5. First aid kit: Accidents happen, so it's important to be prepared with a first aid kit.

  6. Layers: Depending on the weather, you may need to layer up or down to keep your kids comfortable throughout the hike. Shop for Boys and Girls.

  7. Binoculars: Binoculars can help your kids get a closer look at wildlife or other interesting sights along the way.

Remember, hiking with kids is all about having fun and creating memories together. With the right gear and a playful attitude, you'll be sure to have a great time!

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