Walking with kids
As we prepare to start taking our children on walks (now 2.5 and 4.5) I have been doing a lot of reading, below is a list of tips, hints, and quotes that I have found helpful. Please note that this is not any sort of authoritative guide, and it is entirely possible that some things will only make sense to me. Feel free to add more tips in the comments section if you want.
- Remember that kids are natural malingerers
- Most important bit of advice I can pass on is simply “Keep it fun”
- The one piece of clothing to spend money on is a decent waterproof jacket/storm parka and over pants.
- Practice what to do if they get lost
- Lost: If you are in the bush and you can’t see a grown-up then you are lost
- Always carry loud whistles (teach them to use them only when truly lost)
- Sit under the nearest tree (but do not leave the trail)
- Ensure they have written information on their person to advise what to do if they find your child seperated from you.
- Keep and eye on how much food and water they are getting
- Consider a hydration backpack
Snakes and other things harmful
- Carry setopress bandages and be comfortable performing correct first aid.
- Ensure children are wearing protective footwear (including gaiters).
- Teach them to take care when touching things
- Teach them not to eat or touch unknown plants/berries
- Good quality socks
- Plenty of snacks (not lollies)
- Warm and dry clothes to change into
- Carry emergency blankets
- Make sure the sleeping arrangements are comfortable
- Good quality sleeping pads and pillows
- Note: Lightweight tents could be a bit fragile for little kids.
- Consider a double sleeping bag while they are young (they will happily share)
- Conversely also consider what will happen if they wet the bed… what is the backup plan