TIPS ON TAKING A HIKE
Keep it easy – select a hike that isn’t too long or strenuous. Remember that for kids, the hike is about the experience.
Make it feature-friendly – pick a trail that has interesting features like a stream or waterfall, or has a goal to reach, like a lookout. Make time for exploration – allow time for kids to discover and examine the natural things around them.
Be prepared – make sure to pack the essentials. A supply of wet wipes or tissues, first aid kit, insect repellent, sunscreen, binoculars, magnifying glass and camera are all very useful.
Dress for success – slap on a hat, wear comfortable, sturdy shoes, take rain clothes, pack a change of clothes and something warm in case it turns chilly.
Take energy stops – take numerous small breaks for fluid and food. A good way to keep your child moving is by saying ‘we’ll take a break and have a snack’.
Follow the leader – have the children take turns leading the hiking group. It makes them feel like they are in charge.
Make it fun – keep the kids motivated by creating games they can play on the trail like ‘spot it’ or ‘close up’ (see below).