Preparing for a family hike: how to go about it?


Are you planning to spend your next family vacation at high altitude? If hiking is going to be one of the main activities to do during your stay, it is important to be well prepared. In this article, you will find some tips for preparing your next outings in the great outdoors with your children.

Equip yourself well

For a successful hike, it is important to prepare all the equipment you need:

  • Suitable shoes: everyone must have high-stemmed shoes that provide good ankle support and have lugged soles that reduce the risk of slipping along hiking trails and especially in the summits.
  • A first-aid kit : whether it is a mountain hike or a walk in the forest, always have a first aid kit with you when you take your children, containing sterile compresses, bandages, an antiseptic, etc.
  • Must-have sun protection: sunscreen, hat and sunglasses.
  • A camera : to capture the best moments and the most beautiful settings of the hike, don’t forget to bring a camera. Equip yourself with a polarizing filter to improve the shots when taking landscape photos.
  • A pair of binoculars: essential to admire the landscape.
  • A backpack for each, containing food and water.

Choose a hiking route suitable for everyone

So that your first hike leaves your children with a pleasant memory, it is important to choose simple routes: easy and short circuit. To make them want to come back, it is just as important to choose a rich course. For example, you can choose to hike in a natural park so that children can get a closer look at the flora and fauna.

You can also hike in the valleys, the landscapes of which are punctuated by waterfalls, lakes, flowery fields, hills, etc. You can also combine a walk and a hike with a cultural discovery. In other words, choose a pedestrian route which passes by castles, farm, hunting lodge, abbey, etc.

If you plan to reach high peaks for the best views, make sure there is a chairlift on site to make the ascent. This way the kids won’t get tired. In addition, it will be fun guaranteed since they will enjoy magnificent panoramas in the air.

During the hike: motivate the children

Do you want your children to get a taste for hiking adventure? To do this, involve them during your walks. For example, do not hesitate to give them a compass and the trail map so that they can learn to find their way around. You can also organize small fun activities along the way such as guessing games, picking wild flowers and fruits, etc. To encourage them to continue the course, reward your children with small treats and some crisps.

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