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My family’s favorite way to escape life and reconnect with each other and nature is to go camping. We love it so much that we even had an entire year of camping where we scheduled once a month camping trips! You can read more about that HERE.
Maybe you aren’t a big outdoorsy family, and don’t like to camp or have the gear to tackle a family camping trip, yet you still want to get outdoors. Hiking is a great way to achieve this. I love turning family outings into a learning experience. There is so much you can learn from taking a hiking trip, from nature and wildlife, to being prepared and learning about trail markers and how to navigate in the woods.
Here is a great round-up of free printables and resources for hiking with your family:
Nature Walk Trail Sign Printable from Five Little Chefs
Learning to Read Signs on a Trail with free printable from Craft Invaders
Hiking Bingo Printable from Paper Trail Design
Hiking Scavenger Hunt Printable from Make and Takes
Hiking 101: The Essential Hiking Gear List from She Dreams of Alpine
Printable Poison Ivy Field Guide and Hiking Checklist for Kids from Two Knobby Tires
Printable Day Pack Checklist from Take Them Outside
Hiking with kids tips and tricks:
8 Things to do with your Preschooler on a Hike from Wild Tales of
Hiking with a Toddler from Barefeet on the Dashboard
22 Tips for Hiking with Kids that Every Parent Should Know from Buzzfeed
6 Tips for Helping Kids Hike Without Whining
5 Tips for Hiking With a Baby from Whole Family Strong
5 Tips for Hiking with Kids from Lynzy and Co.
4 Benefits of Hiking with Your Kids from Living Well Mom
Family Hiking Safety from Keep Your Child Safe
Hiking Safety from National Park Service
The American Hiking Society is a great resource to learn more about hiking safety and teach your kids how to plan and prepare for a hike. These are my favorite outdoor skills, you can also print these out!
Leave No Trace
Hiking with Kids
Using a Compass
Here is some of our favorite hiking gear. Each of my children have their very own day backpack. These are great because they fold up into a neat little pouch, which is perfect for traveling. My older girls LOVE these hiking sticks and you can’t beat the price for a high quality, carved hiking stick.
Outdoor Foldable Backpack 15L Ultra Lightweight Waterproof Folding Hiking Daypack for Travel Camping School Sports (Orange)OLSUS H5 15L Outdoor Portable Travel Hiking Nylon Backpack Waist Bag Foldable Water Resistant Shoulder Bag – PurpleSE WS626-55RW Natural Wood Walking Stick with Wolf Carving, Rope Wrapped Handle, Steel Spike and Metal-Reinforced Tip Cover, 55Hiking Walking Trekking Stick – Handcrafted Wooden Walking & Hiking Stick – Made in the USA by Brazos – Twisted Hickory – 48 inches
If your older children enjoy the outdoors and learning about hiking and outdoor skills they will love these Survival Themed Books and Unit Studies for Tweens and Teens.