Family Hiking

Hiking with your family is a great chance to get outdoors, breathe some fresh air, and get active. It’s easy to get started. Just look for a trail in a national park near you! For your first day hike choose a safe, well-marked trail that doesn’t have too many steep climbs. Otherwise, you’ll get tired too early and won’t make it as far as you want to go.

Family Hiking

First, you’ll need a good pair of shoes and thick socks designed for this type of activity. You can start with some sturdy sneakers with thick bottoms. When you begin to take on more difficult trails, try a pair of hiking boots, and make sure they fit! Make sure they fit! Also, get a backpack or fanny pack to carry all of your hiking supplies. Dress in layers and bring along a waterproof jacket with a hood in case you get caught in the rain. Don’t forget a hat and sunglasses because the higher you hike, the more dangerous the sun’s rays become.

To keep hiking fun, you always need to be prepared for situations that may happen while you’re out, like finding the trail if you get lost or stuck in bad weather.

You’ll also need to bring water, snacks, waterproof matches and an Army-style knife. A flashlight and extra batteries will help you find your way if you end up out after dark. Don’t forget a small first aid kit. You can fit all these items in a backpack.

Prep –  Get in shape before you head out on your hike. Try walking around your neighborhood with your pack loaded with five pounds more gear than you’ll actually carry on your hike. If that goes well, plan a short hike to test your abilities on the trail.

Buddies – Take a friend and an adult along on your hike. That way you can look out for each other and you’ll have people to talk to! Also, be sure to let someone who’s not going know where you’ll be hiking and what time you’ll be back.

H2O – Carry lots of water even if you are only planning a short hike. For warm-weather hikes, bring six to eight quarts of water per day. In the cold weather or higher elevations, you can be safe with half that amount. Whenever you are near water, make sure you wet yourself down. Dampen a bandana and wipe your face, neck, and arms or wrap it around your head while you hike.

Blisters and more – To prevent blisters, try spraying your feet with an anti-perspirant before heading out. Bring extra pairs of socks that you can change into if your feet get wet or sweaty — if they aren’t made of cotton, they’ll keep your feet drier. Once you’re on the trail, stop as soon as you feel a “hot spot” on your feet and apply special type of bandage called “moleskin” to the sore area. Also, try using a hiking stick to keep some pressure off of your legs and knees.

Weather watcher – When it’s hot, pick trails that are shaded and run near streams. If you need to hike uphill in the sun, first soak yourself down to stay cool. You can also try wearing a wet bandana around your head or neck. Also, try to stay out of cotton clothes. Keep yourself out of bad weather by checking forecasts before you hike and watching the skies once you’re out on the trail. During lightening storms, head downhill and away from the direction of the storm, and then squat down and keep your head low.

Keep it yummy – To stay healthy on your hike, you’ll need to know how to keep your food and water safe. Remember the four C’s: contain, clean, cook, and chill.

Fun Fact:
The Appalachian Trail starts in northern Georgia and continues through South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and ends in Maine.

32 Responses to “Family Hiking”

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  1. Barrie says:

    I’ll try the idea of anti-perspirant on feet to help prevent blisters. I’d love to go hiking with my family but my teen hates the outdoors…lol…she’s off to college and hopefully hubby and I will do more hiking!

  2. The Char says:

    Hey, looks like a good amount of fun down there!

  3. Aubrey says:

    My family loves to go hiking.

  4. Sandy Klocinski says:

    I’m looking forward to trying some out in our parks this summer

  5. Mandy P. says:

    I love taking my LO on nature walks. These are great tips or reminders for every skill level

  6. Birdiebee says:

    There are a lot of places for our family to hike where I live but we have to be very careful of mountain lions as well as bears.

  7. Cami Valenzuela says:

    Great tips. I am waiting for my boys to get a little older to start hiking with them.

  8. Terry Poage says:

    Thanks for the great article. I love going hiking or long walks in nature.

  9. Sarah L says:

    Colorado is full of great hikes. Short ones, long ones, tough ones, easy ones. And all are great adventures.

  10. Elicia P says:

    Great tips. I love hiking with my son seeing that he is old enough now.

  11. Jerry Marquardt says:

    I need to start hiking a lot more. I need the better health of more exercise.

  12. Laurie Nykaza says:

    I love taking my kids for long walks at the park and the beach to always such a fun time to pack up some food and go and spend time together.

  13. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    This is great exercise and something the whole family can enjoy.

  14. laurie damrose says:

    Looks like fun!

  15. laurie damrose says:

    Thanks for the helpful tips.

  16. Alma Garcia says:

    Hiking is such a good idea but it’s better said than done:/

  17. MaryAnn says:

    We need to take our children out hiking more often. It just isn’t something that we usually think of.

  18. Debbie Welchert says:

    What a lot of great advice. We don’t live any where near these trails but boy I wish we did. What a great hike this would be for my family to go on….

  19. Betsy Barnes says:

    We live in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and have hiked a few times along the Appalachian Trail. It is practically in our backyard and was a favorite of my son’s when he was little. 🙂

  20. Karen Glatt says:

    We love to go hiking and it is such good exercise and I have a park 5 blocks from my house that has a lot of great hiking trails. We take the dog and bring snacks and water!

  21. Janet W. says:

    These are great hiking tips! I love to go walking with my family. It’s great quality time spent together.

  22. Terri S says:

    These are some great tips. I love to go hiking. Thank you for sharing.

  23. Lauryn R says:

    I love hiking and being outdoors! Now that all three of my kids are walking, this will definitely be something e do as a family very soon! 🙂

  24. Michelle Elizondo says:

    I love hiking with the family. It’s so peaceful.

  25. Laura says:

    My hubby and I love taking our dogs hiking!

  26. Lisa Coomer Queen says:

    So much great information here! I am looking forward to trying some hikes with my grandchildren. Thanks for a great post.

  27. vickie couturier says:

    what fun,,we love to go hiking or taking a walk with the grandkids ,nice and slow and enjoy the time together

  28. Nancy Hilderbrand says:

    when our boys were growing up we hiked all over. It was part of our camping trips.

  29. Michelle Elizondo says:

    I love taking my kids out exploring.

  30. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    My son loves hiking and he takes his two children often. He also loves primitive camping. Thank you so much for sharing this useful information

  31. violet taylor says:

    my best friend hikes with her son a lot and i would like to start again with my kids, i love seeing nature and unplugging

  32. Twitter:
    I’d like to try some hiking with my children this spring. We’ve been walking around the neighborhood with our backpacks, and now I think its time for us to try some short hikes. I’m looking forward to trying some out in our parks.
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