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Take a hike! But don't go before checking out the hiking equipment advice and hiking tips in this Howcast video series.
You Will Need
- A hiking plan
- Infant accommodations
- Well-fitting footwear
- An emergency plan
- A fanny pack
- A jacket
- An emergency whistle
- Extra clothing (optional)
Modify your hiking plans
Keep your hiking plans reasonable. Plan a close destination and a less demanding environment than if you were hiking without kids. Avoid extreme weather.
Take into account special needs of infants
Dress infants extra warmly in cold weather. Because you will be carrying them, they won't generate body heat through physical exertion. In hot weather, be sure to keep them cool.
Keep children hydrated and well nourished
Make sure children are kept well-hydrated and eat regularly.
Watch for sunburn, overheating, and hypothermia
Be alert for signs of sunburn, overheating, rashes, and hypothermia. Don't forget to protect kids with sunblock.
Keep the kids away from dangerous areas
Exercise good sense when hiking with kids. Keep them away from potentially dangerous terrain, such as rocky riverbanks and cliffs.
Make sure the kids have proper footwear
Make sure the kids have proper footwear. Remember that their feet are growing rapidly, and a pair of shoes that fit on the last hike may already be too small on this one.
Have an emergency plan
Have a plan for the entire family in case any one gets lost. Equip the kids with fanny packs that include a jacket, snack, drink, and emergency whistle.