Guest Post: Essential Tips for First Time Hiking With Your Kids

This week, Zara Lewis, blogger,  mother of 2 and regular contributor to High Style Life joins us for a guest post on essential tips for hiking with children.

As a person in love with hiking, it was one of my greatest fears that once I had kids I would have to forget about my passion. Luckily, it wasn’t the case; my kids love hiking adventures and nature as much as I do, and our hiking trips have been a great source of joy for all of us. Of course, some things had to change, and I have adapted and adjusted so that all of us can have fun but still be responsible.

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Be practical with your food

I remember back when I was a kid how my mother always packed just bare necessities in my backpack and I was devastated because I wanted chocolate and sodas like other kids. However, once I became a mother myself I discovered that my mother was right: you do not need a ton of sweets, but rather practical and nutritious foods to keep you strong. I always pack healthy sandwiches, my own protein bars, and plenty of nice fruit: apples, pears, and peaches. This way I am sure my kids are eating healthy food without sugar and additives, and most importantly: we never leave candy bar wrappers or any other sort of garbage behind.

It can rain anytime

Unfortunately, I had to learn this the hard way. After a couple of our hiking trips ended abruptly because of light rain that started falling suddenly, it became a custom of ours to pack light raincoats in our hiking backpacks. These do not take too much space, but are wonderful protection from the elements. We would end our walks suddenly even if it was just light rain, but now we just take our raincoats out and keep walking for as long as we want. Pro tip: you can even use raincoats instead of tablecloths when having a picnic, since they are water-resistant and a million times easier to clean afterwards.

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Thorough examination afterwards

Always carry hand sanitizer with you when going for a hike, but when you get home that is when the real battle starts. Remove all of your clothes and examine your body to see if you have any ticks or other possibly dangerous insect bites on your body. Do it for your kids too, and then use a natural cleanser to remove all the dirt from your hands, face, and body. Your face is putting up with a lot during your hikes, and it is important to wear a protective hat and apply sunscreen so you don’t get a sunburn. You can apply a face mask made of baking soda and activated charcoal to remove sweat and dirt particles from your pores.

Stretching and relaxing

Kids will probably want to run like crazy all the time, and that is fine. They are young and restless and they should spend their energy like that. As for you, try not to push yourself too much, choose a nice easy tempo and stick to it so you don’t pull a muscle or hurt yourself. You can even take a short break from time to time and stretch so your body can relax. What is more, there are some easy stretches you should do before you set out on your hiking adventure; this way your body will prepare and warm up so your hike will not be as difficult as you thought it would be.

Time spent with my family away from the city crowd is truly a blessing: we watch birds, learn about different plants and animals, and experience the seasons much more intensely than we would in the city. We are used to fresh air, the chirping of birds, eating while sitting on the grass, and the smell of earth after rain. Don’t be afraid to take your kids out for a hike, it is a beautiful experience which all of your family will enjoy.

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10 thoughts on “Guest Post: Essential Tips for First Time Hiking With Your Kids

    1. Our Little Organic Life Post author

      Thanks Rachel! When my little one gets older I’ll definitely follow these rules. Also you have a lovely blog – very jealous of all those Melvita treats you got! Was gutted when their Covent Garden store closed.

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  1. Anosa

    I think these are some great tips especially thoroughly checking your body for any bites. That’s one piece of advice I remember being given a while back.
    Lovely guest post

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  2. Cecilia Keinapel

    This looks like a proper adventure, and so exciting. I have never done hiking before, it would be nice to do it beside a beach in hot weather. I have seen so many people doing Hiking, it must be so nice!

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    1. Our Little Organic Life Post author

      We did some hiking last week in the Amalfi Coast. Our child is small so my husband had to carry her in the baby sling, but we hiked 7 km down the mountain trails to the beach, where we were able to go straight into the Mediterranean and eat some pizza afterwards. Best hike ever! 🙂

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  3. Nikki

    This sounds an amazing way to ensure your littles ones sleep well at night! There are some great tips there. It looks like you all had a brilliant time!

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  4. Angela Milnes

    Great tips and what a fun adventure. This is something I don’t think i’ll be doing any time soon as i use a wheelchair a lot but good to know and useful info incase my daughter goes on a hike! Looks fun.

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    1. Our Little Organic Life Post author

      There are some great (though not as wild) trails out there which are wheelchair friendly (my daughter is still in a buggy so I take notice of these things!) and you and your daughter could do together! Thanks so much for commenting! x

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