Adventure awaits: Top tips for safe hikes with your kids

Hey there, adventure-loving parents!

Are you ready to embark on an epic journey with your little explorers? Whether you’re planning a day hike or shorter, safety always comes first! Here are our top tips to make sure your trek is safe and fun:

  • Gear up: Before you hit the trails, make sure you’ve got the right gear for your kiddos. It doesn’t have to be fancy or cost a lot. Comfy sneakers and weather-appropriate clothing (layers for our Pacific Northwest!) along with a hat and sunglasses (check out the dollar store!) work great.
  • Fuel up: Don’t forget plenty of water and healthy snacks to keep those energy levels up.
  • Sun smart: The sun’s rays are part of nature’s charm, but a burn can be a bummer. Pack a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least 30 SPF that protects against UVA and UVB rays, and reapply every two hours. Do not use sunscreen on infants younger than 6 months.
  • Bug safety: Don’t use scented soaps, perfumes or hairsprays on your child. Use insect repellents containing DEET when needed to prevent insect-related diseases. DEET should not be used on children younger than 2 months.
  • Leave no trace: Nature is our friend, treat her with kindness! Teach your kids the importance of packing out all trash and respecting wildlife habitats.

With these tips in your back pocket, you’re all set for a safe outdoor adventure with your kiddos! So lace up your shoes, grab your pack and get ready to make some memories. Adventure awaits!

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