Hiking With Children: Part 3

Can you believe December is already upon us? Seriously, just a few weeks ago I was organizing my children’s candy collection post trick or treat. Now with a belly full of turkey, gravy, and potatoes, I am wondering if my family could live without Christmas lights this year. Maybe it’s a good time to load our backpacks and hit the trail. Actually, anytime is a good time to load a backpack and hit the trail. So, if this is your first time hiking with children, allow me a moment of your time to bestow my humble, trial and error, realities from personal experience with you.

Happy trails

Not every hike requires a backpack. I have spent hours on the trails with my children in multiple environments and have managed to have epic hikes. But there is an exciting transition when you put a backpack on your child’s shoulders and follow them down the trail carrying life saving essentials. But what constitutes an essential or must have item? It depends who you ask and in some instances whom they work for. In fact, gear companies will provide this “essential” information for free. For example, REI offers the ten essentials for hiking. Jack Wolfskin provides the twelve essentials and going a step further there is a thirteen essentials list provided by Redline Guiding. While I have no monetary affiliations with any of these, I will go on the record and say they are pretty much like the hundreds of thousands of other top 10 lists provided from other hiking families.

Collecting dino eggs

If I can be honest, which is my intent with these blogs, let’s get real. No list is perfect for hiking with toddlers. That is because there is more to a hiking trip with a toddler than what is in their backpack. So what does this dad recommend? Here is my top six that you will not find on any other website:

Peppa the Pig

Published by John Schmitz

Happily married to an absolute dream come true woman, Ami. Who has blessed me with two absolute dream come true children, Orion and Cassi. Now my goal everyday is to do life with my children. Whether I go shopping or in the kitchen cooking, my children will be right there with me. Talking through my actions, involving them in decision making and understanding options available. Pitching tents, trails to hike and adventures to come, they will be my side.

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