The entire family is going on the next trek. You want it to be filled with exercise and fresh air versus misery and complaining. This time you’re making it out of the confines of the city into the country air.
You can’t always predict the weather, so it’s best to be prepared for moisture. Keep family members dry with proper clothing. Choose lightweight, water-resistant fabric as an outer layer or shell. Also, remind kids that cotton is not optimal for a hike since it retains water and sweat.
It’s suggested to drink eight glasses of water per day but hikers need to stay hydrated. You can purchase a thermos for each family member or other products to hold beverages. A camel backpack holds a lot of water in a plastic bladder that is worn over the back. Also, be sure there are checkpoints where the family can replenish the water supply.
Geocaching has gotten huge with hikers in the age of technology. Basically, it’s like going on a scavenger hunt using your smartphone and GPS device to find exact coordinates. There are entire websites devoted to those who pride themselves on finding sites in a certain amount of time, etc.
Get the Right Shoes
You could go for a walk in the park in sneakers but hiking trails are best traversed in hiking boots. Head to your nearest outdoor retailer or do some online investigating as to what are the right brand of shoes for a hike. Furthermore, get socks with plenty of cushioning to make it easier on the feet of hikers.
Kids can get boring, so creative moms and dads make things interesting by comprising ghost stories or other kinds of supernatural tales involving the grounds. Whether they’re searching for signs of Bigfoot or hearing tales of how the land used to be inhabited by magical unicorns, make the hike more interesting for the kids.
Tell Others of the Whereabouts
Inform family members, the front desk at the Marriott Resort hotel, and remote friends about your intended whereabouts. You don’t know if you’ll get great phone reception on your hike, so informing others ensures that people know of your whereabouts.
Adults can appreciate the burn felt from a good workout, yet kids don’t see the benefit in raised heart rates and burned calories. Therefore, plan plenty of breaks so the kids don’t feel like you’re putting them to work. It needs to stay fun for them. If you’re looking to feel the added burn, consider putting the little ones on your back and hiking a portion of the trail.
Read the Trail Map
If you’re headed to an established hiking trail, you will come upon several options. Be mindful of the athleticism of family members and the rating of your chosen trail. Some trails are flat and offer very little challenge while others are steep and reserved for those with hiking experience.