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12 Best Tips For Hiking With Children

12 Best Tips For Hiking With Children

JalanJalanMen! - What could be nicer than a day of hiking with children in the great outdoors? It doesn't matter whether it's a family-friendly mountain tour or an exciting outdoor excursion in the surrounding area - the possibilities are endless. To ensure that the hiking day with the family is a complete success and that both young and old get their money's worth, there are a few points to consider. IndenBergen has put together five valuable tips for hiking with children for you.

1. Don't just start hiking

You should never be out in the mountains with an indefinite destination – especially not with small children. Parents should therefore find out about the hike well in advance in order to avoid unpleasant surprises such as rough terrain or closed shelters. A hiking map in your luggage will help you find your way even in places that are difficult to see. And don't forget: children travel more slowly and need more breaks. Therefore, always add a decent surcharge to the specified time and do not calculate too tightly.

2. Don't overestimate

Children are not small adults. Even if the offspring is already good on their feet – younger children in particular tire quickly. The tour should therefore be adapted to the age and level of performance of the children. A route that is not too long and not too steep prevents excessive demands. A varied route guarantees fun and ensures that the kids are enthusiastic about the entire tour. For small children, it is still advisable to take a back carrier with you. So the little ones can catch their breath on the way and mum and dad still make good progress.

3. Packed well

Having the right equipment is the be-all and end-all, especially on excursions with the whole family . In addition to sunscreen, insect repellent and band-aids, there should never be a lack of sufficient provisions. Thick sandwiches and delicious muesli bars provide the energy boost you need. Fruit and sliced ​​vegetables are great for in between meals. But even more important is to drink enough. Water or unsweetened tea is best. Also always in the luggage: rainwear, warm things to wear over and a change of clothes. In the mountains, the weather can change within minutes and even when the weather forecast is good, sunshine and dryness cannot always be relied on.

4. The right footwear

Sturdy shoes are essential to ensure that the hiking trip is a great experience for everyone. However, children's feet are not small adult feet, so there are special requirements for footwear. Good children 's hiking shoes provide support and protect against cold and moisture without making your feet sweat. They are still light and flexible in the sole area, so that the kids can roll off their feet properly. Good advice from trained specialists prevents unpleasant surprises, such as blisters or pressure points.

5. The little boost of motivation

Children have a natural urge to move and love to explore their surroundings. They can enthusiastically hike for hours and explore flora and fauna. However, should it happen that a little boost of motivation should become necessary, the parents can certainly fall back on a little trick: Every now and then, inconspicuously, let small, colorful chocolate eggs or other sweets fall by the wayside. Junior will be thrilled and will continue to march with full drive and above all without complaining. The prospect of a delicious Kaiserschmarrn or a great ice cream at the top of the hut or an exciting playground or petting zoo at the destination do the rest and really let the little ones surpass themselves.

6. Leave your ambition at home

Higher, further, faster - often it's all about who has mastered the most vertical meters and the narrowest ridge. But children are far from thinking like this and if you want to run with your little ones, you should leave your ambition at home. Choose  short and varied routes . Discover forests and alpine meadows or hike along streams and rivers. Here the children will always find something new to discover and as an adult you can slow down wonderfully. The older and more experienced the kids, the more you can dare to try new things and try out a small, child-friendly via ferrata.

7. Equipment is doubly important

Do you remember your first bubble? It hurt quite a bit, didn't it? Even as an adult, you suffer enough in a situation like this and only get there with clenched teeth, while a child immediately capitulates. It sees no reason to keep running despite aching feet. Suitable and  good shoes , a light backpack and the right clothing are even more important for children. There is no point in quickly buying new shoes just before the hiking holiday, rather bring the old, worn-in shoes with you and enjoy the hike without blisters.

8. Scavenger Hunt

Children have endless energy and run and romp, while we adults often do not take a step too many. When hiking, too, they often walk twice as much as we do. The leisurely, purposeful running is not in the nature of a small child. So that you can hike stress-free and comfortably and the little ones still get their money's worth, it can be an idea to combine the hiking route with a scavenger hunt. The children have to find 5 different tree leaves or flowers , look out for nuts or seeds and whoever discovers 3 different animals first wins a small prize. This means that even more demanding and longer routes can be mastered easily.

9. Theme walks

The scavenger hunt is only topped by a real themed hike. On the footsteps of Ötzi or a knight's path, children can put themselves directly into the past. Matching, small disguises increase the fun. Or you drive to adventure trails, which are numerous in DA-CH. There are exercises for balancing, you can listen to the forest and shout into it, you can look over cliffs with binoculars and use ropes to swing over small canyons. Treetop paths are also   great themed hikes for children.

10. Take the right provisions with you

Anyone who combines an exciting hike with a picnic has often already won. The little ones love breaks even more than we do and enjoy the right treats. Before setting off, you can pack your lunch box together and everyone can store their  favorite  snack. Whether fruit, vegetable sticks, sandwiches or a piece of chocolate - everything that tastes good gives the children power for the second part of the way.

11. Hike with other families

Just like us, our children love to spend time with friends. Especially on hiking tours it can be motivating to plan these excursions together with other families. The more children there are, the better they can pass the time together with games. When two little detectives or Indians sneak along the hiking trail, the distance becomes irrelevant. Nice addition: the parents have time to talk in peace.

12. Small rewards

Children want to have a say and be involved, both when it comes to the route and when it comes to stopping off afterwards. Why don't you promise your children that they can  choose the restaurant themselves at the end of the day's hike  and eat whatever they want there. With the prospect of fries, the little children's legs fly even faster. Or there is a small self-made medal at the summit for everyone who has reached it. It's often the little things that make children happy.

Conclusion: Hiking is fun

Basically, it's all about getting the kids excited about hiking and being outside in nature. After all, you don't want to do without a holiday in the mountains for the next 15 years. So convey to your little ones that hiking can be fun and that success and records are not important. It's better to plan a rest day with a visit to a swimming pool and then storm the next summit in a relaxed manner the next day. And if all else fails, all that remains is for dad to carry the kids piggyback back to the village.

Rudolfus Kikkert
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