You are a fan of hiking, and want to teach your children to enjoy hiking with you as well? Here are some ideas on Teaching Your Kids Enjoy Hiking And Trekking and actually have fun rather than complain along the trail:
How To Teach Your Kids Enjoy Hiking And Trekking

Start early on

Get your kids introduced to hiking as early as possible by starting off with taking them hiking on front body carriers or slings when they are babies. Later on, you can use carrier backpacks to take your babies with you when hiking. When they start walking take them with a stroller. Whenever you get the chance take them out for a few steps and then pop them back in to continue the trail. This will teach the little ones that hiking is a normal and routine activity that the entire family takes part in. Remember that when the children are little, it will take quite a bit of patience and time to wait for them to walk the distance you are usually used to passing much faster. In time, they will get used to walking faster and be more stable on different terrains, so don’t worry.

Make the hiking experience look like an adventure to the children

Get your children excited by the natural surrounding and the wilderness by engaging them in fun games, looking for the different bird and animal types, spotting various types of trees and flora while hiking or spending time outdoors. Needless to say, children love adventures, so take advantage and teach them to enjoy spending time outdoors more.

Don’t forget the fun snacks

Kids love snacking, and there is nothing worse than a hungry or thirsty kid when out hiking. Make sure you pack sufficient quantities of your children’s favorite snacks and drinks to reward them and keep them happy throughout the walk outside. When they are older, you can make them carry their own small backpacks with snacks and water by themselves.

Don’t set your hiking goals too high

Be ready to fail in reaching the goal you have set for the hike. It is better to reach to the middle of the planned distance and turn back and return rather than having to deal with exhausted toddlers who cannot take another step on the way to the summit and need to carry them all the way up and then down.

Keep in mind that children of different ages have their limits

Again do not set unrealistic distance goals. Rather, try to train your children to walk a little bit more with every next hike. This will improve their endurance and will make them better every time. Make sure that you walk just enough so that the child and you have sufficient energy left to get back. Plus, ensure that you don’t overdo it because exhausting the child can lead to a possible meltdown which is an unbearable experience for any parent and hiker.

Get your children appropriate clothes and footwear for hiking

You don’t need to invest in expensive and heavy hiking boots for a small child, as their feet grow really fast and boots can be much too heavy for a child to wear during a hike anyway. A much better and cheaper option is to go for suitable trail running shoes or trainers which are much lighter, well-cushioned, and breathable and will dry quicker than hiking boots if there is rain or wet conditions. Trail running shoes are much more comfortable for small children and will keep their feet from getting blisters after a long walk. Another important thing to remember is to choose the appropriate size and type of shoes for your kids to avoid discomfort and injuries, especially if they have high arches. Visit Comforthacks for a selection of suitable models and tips on how to choose the most suitable running shoes.

Choose the appropriate destination

Choose a nearby family-friendly trail for your children. If you have a nearby local park – take them there. A local zoo, a nearby pond, and other local parks are very suitable for introducing your children to hiking. As they grow up, you can pick harder and longer trials to train their endurance and improve their hiking performance. Hopefully, until then, they will have learned to truly enjoy the hiking experience with you, and you will not need to coerce them to go with you.

Why hiking is good for your children

In the world of advanced technology, more children are spending hours and hours in from of screens, such as TV, smartphones, computers and video games. This leads to a sedentary lifestyle, obesity, lack of overall fitness and the risk of mild to serious health issues. Any kind of outdoor activity is better than spending their days on the couch or in their beds watching TV or playing online or video games.

In fact, whether it is hiking or simply enjoying time or doing errands outside, make sure you teach your children to spend as much time outdoors as possible from an early age. This will set a routine for them and it will be far easier to keep them active and exercising as they grow up and tend to lose interest in these types of activities. Keep them interested and enthusiastic by setting goals for them, running competitions, and inviting their friends along to enjoy the outdoor activities more.

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Rajendra Khanal (Raj)

Born and raised in Gorkha, Nepal, I am proud to call the Manaslu region my home! I have been in the travel business for over a decade from being assistance guide, leader, to being a manager. And finally today I am the founder of NEST Adventure. So you could say I know my way well enough in the Himalayas, especially in some of the off-the-beaten-trails in Nepal like Manaslu, Kanchenjunga and Mustang!

I am passionate about travelling and I strongly believe that seeing the world shouldn't break the bank (at least not too much!). I have backpacked to over 15 countries in Asia, Central America, USA, Canada, one-third of Europe, the Caribbean Islands, and Latin America.

I studied in the UK and moved to the United States. During that period, I had the opportunity of working with multinational companies which taught me how to deliver quality customer service in the business. As a world travelling backpacker myself, and travel expert for the Nepalese Himalayas, I started writing about my own country. Which I would love to share with you. In case you required free information about Nepal or join a group with our existing departure, (particularly If you are a solo hiker for the restricted area) please do not hesitate to visit my office in Thamel. We are located in the centre of Kathmandu called Thamel. I am happy to share a cup of Nepali tea and free information.

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