Travel 8 Essentials for Hiking with Kids

23:13  14 july  2020
23:13  14 july  2020 Source:   cntraveler.com

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While many say this is the summer for the great American road trip, I’d like to posit an alternative: This is the summer (nay, year!) for the outdoors. And while my grand trek to the Dolomites has to wait, that certainly doesn’t mean my family is stashing our boots in the closet until next year. On the contrary, we’re using any excuse we can to get out for a (socially distanced) hike, whether in a spot just a few minutes away from our home, or an all-weekend adventure a little further afield. And sure, hiking with children is certainly different than tackling a steep cliff by yourself, but the right gear will ensure everyone is comfortable and confident on a day spent exploring. Read on for our favorite products for hiking with kids, from the right backpacks to the best snacks.

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Hiking backpack

Our lightweight phil&ted’s Escape backpack has traveled with us everywhere from St. Lucia to Lake Louise. Its cushy padding and adjustable hip belt ensure a comfortable and proper fit for the parents, while the child “cockpit” features a padded five-point harness, sun shield, and foot stirrups for your tiny hiker. Our four-year-old daughter is so comfortable in there, she falls asleep during nearly every hike. The pack also boasts a ton of storage, including a removable day pack for when parents want to balance the load.

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Buy now: Phil&Ted Escape backpack, $250, philandteds.com

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Hiking boots

My husband and I swear by Merrell hiking boots, so when my daughter was big enough for her own pair, we knew where to turn. The kid’s version of their ever-popular Moab 2 waterproof boot provides enough grip to help her tackle rugged terrain, but the waterproof material means even if she splashes down, her toes stay dry. They’re also sturdy enough to last through multiple kids as hand-me-downs.

Buy now: Big Kid's Moab 2 Mid waterproof boot, $70, merrell.com

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Sun hat

Whether they’re in a backpack or hiking on their own, hats not only protect kids from bugs, but from too much sun exposure as well. Sunday Afternoons’ play hat features a wide brim with extra-long coverage in the back, plus a chinstrap to ensure a snug fit. They even come with a lifetime guarantee, so no need to worry about your toddler’s destructive tendencies. Bonus: When your kid outgrows one, return it to the company and they’ll give you 50 percent off the next bigger size.

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Buy now: Sunday Afternoon Play hat, from $20, backcountry.com or sundayafternoons.com

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Spray sunscreen

Sun protection is not limited to hats, of course. But anyone with a small child knows how frustrating it can be to apply sunscreen when your kid is extremely wiggly. Spray sunscreen definitely makes the process go a little more smoothly. My daughter loves the smell of Beautycounter’s mineral sunscreen mist and I love that she’ll sit still while I put it on. Plus, it sprays on white so you can see where you’ve applied it, but dries sheer without leaving skin oily or tacky.

Buy now: Beautycounter Countersun mineral sunscreen mist, $36, beautycounter.com

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Clip-on fan

Spending all afternoon in a hiking backpack might make your kid a little sweaty, but there are ways to mitigate the heat. The Dreambaby clip-on fan was something I originally purchased for my daughter’s stroller, but it works equally well stuck on to the side of a backpack. Its fins are made out of soft foam, which means inquisitive fingers will never get harmed if they poke it.

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Buy now: From $9, amazon.com

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Spill-free water bottle

Staying hydrated while hiking is important for both parents and kids. And, to make sure your angel doesn’t dump your entire water supply on your head, invest in a kid-friendly, but spill-proof water bottle. The Nalgene Grip-n-Gulp is super durable, leakproof, and comes in over a dozen different colors and prints, so every kid in the family can have their very own.

Buy now: Nalgene Grip-n-Gulp, from $10, amazon.com or nalgene.com

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Trail-friendly snacks

Nothing brings a pleasant afternoon to a screeching halt faster than a kid yelling, “I’m hungry!” First rule of family hikes: bring lots—and lots—of snacks. Moreover, you want them to be packable and stable enough to survive hours on the trail. This is not the time for pudding cups. One of my most recent discoveries is the Monkey Bar, which is made with just three ingredients—apples, bananas, and cashews—and is so addictive I almost didn’t share them with my family. And, for when your kid really needs that extra boost, I recommend keeping some Rip Van Wafels on hand. They have way less sugar (only three grams) and more fiber than a cookie, and they’re so slim they fit easily into a daypack.

Buy now: Monkey Bar, $32, monkeyus.com

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  8 Hiking Essentials for a Day on the Trails From a backpack that helps keep you hydrated to cozy socks that keep your feet dry.While having the priciest, top-of-the-line gear isn’t necessary for most hikers, there are a few go-to essentials that folks who spend lots of time outside swear by—and we’ve tapped a few of them for their picks. From a hiker setting speed records on the Pacific Crest Trail to an elite-level rock climber based in Boulder, here are their selections.

Buy now: Rip Van Wafels, from $18, ripvan.com or $16 for 12, amazon.com

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Tick and bug protection

One of the only downsides to spending more time outdoors is having to be hyper-vigilant about ticks and other bugs. For the former, I make sure the whole family gets sprayed with Nantucket Spider’s extra-strength natural tick repellent. The DEET-free formula is made with a blend of essential oils that are known to deter the pesky bugs. For an added layer of protection, I also put my daughter in Farm to Feet’s No Fly Zone permethrin-treated hiking socks, which repel everything from mosquitoes to ticks. Lastly, for other bugs, I love California Baby’s Natural Bug Blend spray, which smells like lemongrass and citronella.

Buy now: Nantucket Spider Extra Strength Natural Tick Repellent Spray, $13, nantucketspider.com or thrivemarket.com

Buy now: Farm to Feet Kid’s No Fly Zone, $15, llbean.com

Buy now: Travel-Size California Baby Bug Repellent Spray, $11, amazon.com

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