What's In Your Backpack?
When taking your crew out on a hike there are a lot of things to remember. Are you remembering all of the things you might need? I put together this checklist to help you make sure you have all the essentials covered. Then you can relax and just focus on having a great hike!
|Some items that might make up your first aid gear on a hike.|
- Water, water, water
- healthy snacks to refuel when energy gets low
- bug spray
- antibiotic gel, like Neosporin
- Tweezers, tick key, needle-nose pliers... some tick-removing tool
- Maps, apps, compass, don't get lost!
- Watch the weather. You might want to bring rain gear including boots, raincoats or ponchos.
The mob geocaching in the rain.
- hand sanitizer
- Children's pain reliever
- fully charged cell phone
- Sun hat, visor, sunglasses
If you are hiking with a baby:
- extra water
- blanket(s), changing mat for diaper changes
- diapers, wipes, rash cream
- bug net if you have a stroller
- toys that can be attached to the side of the stroller or carrier
- if baby is too little for bug spray, dress your little one to cover as much skin as possible
- sun hat for warm, sunny weather
- extra hat and mittens in colder weather
- dress baby in layers
If you want to go the extra mile, you could also bring:
- change of clothes (My son is a puddle jumper! I have been grateful to have a change of clothes in the car more than once.)
- flip flops for the car (Sometimes after a long hike, the kiddies are glad to kick off their hiking shoes and socks and let those little piggies breathe!)