Summer Fun with the Kids
With summer fast approaching, it’s time to grab the hiking boots and head out for some good trekking adventures! If you have kids, this can be a great way to enjoy some nice summer weekends and assure that the children, as well as yourself, are getting some great exercise.
Most children love to be outdoors so this should not be a difficult sell if done right. If your kids are used to sitting in front of the TV or playing video games all day, it’s the perfect time to introduce a new activity that will get them out of the house.
If hiking is a new adventure for your family, you’ll want to first be sure that you have all the right gear to make it an enjoyable experience for everyone. Your feet should come first whether you choose to go with a sturdy boot or some type of hiking shoe. Check out REI or a local camping store for some great options.
Also, note that you will want to be sure to break your shoes or boots in before setting out on any type of lengthy hike. If you don’t take this important step, you could end up with badly blistered feet and a very disheartening experience.
Depending on the length of your hiking adventures, at the minimum, you’ll need a way to carry some basic supplies. If you are doing a trek that will only last part of a day, you’ll probably want to carry some food and drinks along with any additional clothing depending on the weather conditions. It’s probably also a good idea to include a basic first aid kit especially when you are trekking with the kids. Include some band-aids as this can help a lot if there is an issue with any blisters on the feet.
If you are doing a bigger hiking trip that will cover many days, of course, you will need a bigger backpack and additional gear. Depending on the outing, you may need to bring a tent, sleeping bag, and additional food. This type of overnight trip may require some good pre-trip conditioning as trekking with additional weight on your back can make a big difference as to how fast you are able to hike. Practicing at home before you go is a great way to build up your endurance and figure out just how much weight you are able to comfortably carry on your back.
If you will be camping, you’ll also need to take into consideration items that you might need to build a fire and anything additional that you might need for sleeping arrangements. One idea is to have a backpack and sleeping back for each child that is light enough for them to carry themselves. Also, don’t forget any maps and a compass as getting lost in the forest will not be a pleasant experience for anyone.
Hiking can be a great way to experience the wonderful conversation with your children and bring your family closer together in general.