Monday, June 17, 2013

What's in Your Backpack?

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. 

The Basics:

  • Water, water, water 

  • healthy snacks to refuel when energy gets low

  • sunscreen

  • bug spray

  • bandaids

  • 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

  • Benendryl

  • fully charged cell phone

  • Sun hat, visor, sunglasses

If you are hiking with a baby:

  • bottles 

  • 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!)

  • Extra snacks for the ride home          

  • animal track guide

  • binoculars or magnifying glass

  • Scavenger hunt checklist

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