If you are looking for ways to get your children out of the house and into nature, you are in the right place. Featured today on Theresa’s Reviews, I’m sharing my top ten tips for a summer hiking adventure children can enjoy.
10 Tips For A Summer Hiking Adventure Children Can Enjoy
As summer begins, children are often relieved to have less responsibilities and more free time. With hours of unstructured time each day, filling that time with television shows can be tempting, but there are much more valuable ways to spend long summer days. For increased energy and happiness, plan an outdoor hiking adventure that the whole family appreciates.
Research Your Trail Ahead Of Time
When you enter the park, get a trail map. Ask a park ranger for information about the trail. Double check that the elevation and length of the trail will work for the age of the children hiking with you.
Pay Attention To Safety Warnings
Check for safety warnings in advance. If you are hiking near water, make sure you know which area has rapids and whether a flood warning will be in effect that day.
Take the time to pause and appreciate the view. Hiking with children is about enjoying the experience. If you are hoping to get in a certain amount of miles, you may want to schedule a time to hike without your children. The best part about hiking with children is taking in the view as a family, but this can make the hike go more slowly.
Make sure the whole family dresses comfortably. Athletic clothes are practical and will keep everyone cool.
Watch Your Step
Make sure that children hold your hand when the trail is steep. Always watch your step and double check that your footing is secure.
Teach Safety Ahead Of Time
Go over safety rules before you leave the house. Discuss what to do if you encounter a snake or another critter, water safety, and how close you will stay together on the trail.
Bring Food For A Picnic
Make the most of your hiking adventure by bringing food for a picnic. Find a pretty location to pause and eat, but make sure you check for snakes first, as they tend to enjoy sunbathing on rocks near the water.
Look Closely At Nature
Pause to look in creeks and to hold a frog. Enjoy the incredible up-close views that nature offers!
Bring A Camera
Although you should spend most of your summer hiking adventure not using technology, make sure to bring a camera. Capture the moment your children feel the cool river water on their toes, or let your children use the camera to capture their incredible discoveries.
Bring Swimming Gear
If you are visiting an area with water, make sure to come dressed in a bathing suit. You should also pack a pair of water shoes so children can safely wade.
What is your favorite way to get your children outside and enjoying nature? Share in the comments below!