Planning a trip in the Great Outdoors can be a challenging task. It can be an even more difficult task when planning outdoor trips with your children. Not only do you have to worry about your safety, but yours as well. In order to make your hiking trips this fall more enjoyable, following these useful tips:
Think like a child. This will not only help you to see the wonders of the world through their eyes, but it can help aid you in identifying what may be safe and enjoyable for your child as well.
Prepare your child. If your child is at the age that they understand the what’s and where’s of your trip, it is always a good idea to talk with them, even go over your plans, especially if you are backpacking, camping, kayaking, or fishing. Adventures in the Great Outdoors can be intimidating and scary for children, so be sure to bring things that may be of comfort to them and reassure them that you will keep them safe.
Involve your child. There’s no better way to bond than to let your child help you plan your trip, or have a say in what they would like to do or see. If they are old enough, let them lead the way, look and interpret the map, or use the compass. This is perhaps one of the best ways to help instill the love of outdoor adventures, by getting them involved.
Have the right gear for your child. When going on an outdoor adventure, it is essential that your child be provided with the necessary tools for the ultimate experience. Everything from their boots to their backpacks will help to ensure a comfortable and safe adventure. Providing other tools such as headlamps, maps, and hydration packs can also help them to feel like they play an important role and more like a “real” hiker.
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