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How to Prepare for a Family Hiking Trip

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Hiking Trip          Family hiking trips can be a fantastic way to bond with your family and children. Hiking is a great form of exercise that puts you back with mother nature. The fresh air and scenery is a relief from the daily influx of technology and radiation that we all endure in this modern age. Hiking does not need any experience as you can always start on the easy trails and work your way up. If you are looking for a cheap alternative to an expensive vacation then hiking may be for you. Follow the steps below to prepare for a hiking trip.




Step 1

Plan your hiking location well in advance. Watch the forecast the several days leading to your hiking trip. If there is any precipitation such as rain or snow in the forecast then reschedule the hiking trip. Ideal hiking conditions are temperatures between 50 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit with relatively low humidity levels. The higher the humidity the more uncomfortable the hike will be. You also do not want it too hot because your internal body temperature will already be rising from the strenuous physical activity of hiking the elevated trails.

Step 2

Get your family excited for the trip the week before. Build some anticipation as to the fun you will have during your trip. If your family goes into the hiking trip more excited chances are they will have a much better experience.



Step 3

Start building your hiking tool list. There are certain items that you will want to bring with you when hiking for your safety and to make the hike more enjoyable. Walking sticks are popular hiking tools that are used to help you get around rough terrain and higher elevations. Walking sticks can take some of the pressure off of your knees and quad muscles when trying to lunge up an incline for example. You can either buy walking sticks at hiking stores or fashion them yourself with long sturdy tree branches cut to size and shaped.



Step 4

Hiking Trip SuppliesThe day before the trip prepare all the snacks, drinks, and extra clothing items you will need for the trip. Pack several bottles of water per person. In addition some sports drinks that contain electrolytes will be very helpful for the hike to replenish both magnesium and potassium lost during hiking. Pack sandwiches that will not spoil as well as bags of nuts and dried fruit. Fruit has a lot of potassium in it that is lost while hiking. It also has fructose to give you quick energy for the hike.


Step 5

Lightweight hiking backpackBring lightweight sturdy backpacks to carry your supplies and drinks while you are hiking. Remember to pack lightly because every 10 extra pounds of burden on your back while hiking will greatly increase the burden.







Step 6

Sunscreen for hikingThe morning of the hike put sunscreen on any areas of your body and face that are going to be exposed during hiking. Even if it is only 50 or 60 degrees out the amount of UV coming from the sun will be just the same. So you need to protect your skin from burning.






Step 7

Don’t forget to pack one first aid kit for the hike. In the case one of your group slips, falls, and cuts themselves you may need antiseptic and bandages to tend to the wounds.



Additional Advice

                   Try to avoid hiking around 12 noon when the sun is at its strongest.



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