Trail Essentials when Hiking With young Kids

Trail Essentials when Hiking With young Kids

How many times have you just ran out the door to go on an adventure with your little one, thinking you probably have all the necessary but, once you get there, or once on the trail, you realize you forgot wipes, or your little one just had an explosion and you don’t have a change of clothing, or you realize you have all the food necessary for your child but you forgot to bring anything for yourself…. I’ve been there, done that too many times. Us mothers, we are known for our natural state of unselfishness… We think about our children and our partner before ourselves most of the time and sometimes we forget what we even need… Alright so, backpacks, what do we need in our backpacks when we head out on an adventure with our little ones? It depends what kind of adventure we go on but let’s cover a few different backpack essentials.

Short Hike/Walk

  • Wipes
  • 1-2 diapers
  • Small blanket (can be used as a changing mat or to cover your child from sun, rain or wind)
  • Small plastic bag
  • Change of clothes for baby and/or children
  • Mini First Aid Kit
  • Water bottle
  • Snacks for children and parents
  • Phone
  • Carabiner (to hook anything outside your pack for quick access)
  • Bear bell
Trail essentials for a short hike with young children

Day Hike

  • Wipes
  • 3-4 diapers
  • Small blanket (can be used as a changing mat or to cover your child from sun, rain or wind)
  • Small plastic bags
  • 2 lightweight Change of clothes for baby and/or children (shirt, pants, underwear, socks)
  • Small First Aid Kit
  • Water bottle
  • Lots of snacks for children and parents
  • Phone
  • Carabiner (to hook anything outside your pack for quick access)
  • Bear bell
  • 1 toy to keep your little one entertain
  • Headlamp (In case of late returns)
  • Tissues
  • 2 Emergency Blankets
  • Lighter or matches
  • Whistle
Trail essential for a day hike with young children

Bike ride

  • Wipes
  • 1-2 diapers
  • Small blanket (can be used as a changing mat or to cover your child from sun, rain or wind)
  • Small plastic bag
  • Change of clothes for baby and/or children
  • Small First Aid Kit
  • Water bottle
  • Snacks for children and parents
  • Phone
  • Carabiner (to hook anything outside your pack for quick access)
  • Bear bell
  • Small tool kit  (Allen® wrench set ranging from 2-12mm in size & Open end wrenches (6-17mm))
Trail essential for bike rides with young children

I hope this post was helpful and that next time when you get ready to head out on the trail, you will be all prepared and you’ll have everything in your backpack ready to go. We go out on adventures so often so I always have my backpack filled with the trail essentials all year around, once or twice a week I go through it to see what’s missing and change it up a bit depending on the time of the year.

Happy adventures everyone

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