Hiking with Toddlers

Taking my almost 4yr old twins on an outdoorsy trip with my family. Planning a few family friendly easy hikes while we are there. Any advice on taking kids this age hiking? I’m sure they will make a good portion of it walking themselves ... though I foresee a lot of time spent carrying them. They are probably too big for those hiking carrier backpacks right??

  • Anonymous
    Feb 11

    It probably all depends on what your "easy" hikes are, how long they will be, and are your kids used to walking a lot. And how heavy are they? If they aren't used to going on long walks you might want to start practicing so it's not a total shock. Otherwise if you want them to stay motivated you could frame them as "adventures" not hikes because hikes sound like a lot of walking, adventures sound like you might find something. You could also make scavenger hunt lists of things you could see or if you are going to national parks or well known ones their websites may have kids activities to take with and complete.

  • B
    Feb 12

    Snacks. Bring lots of snacks. I’d plan on them walking the whole time and just taking breaks when they need it. Scavenger hunts, talking about what they see as they walk, family songs, etc. and snacks. My sister also uses mms or tic tacs as “power boosts” when things are really dragging

  • anonymous mom
    Feb 12

    If you live near an REI you can rent a hiking backpack, at that age buying a good one doesn’t make much sense. But snacks and water breaks should also help you get them to the end with minimal carrying. At that age you can also do a scavenger hunt to keep them occupied while they hike too, it’ll keep their minds off the walking part😃. My mom used to take us on lots of hikes and she’d help us collect things like pine needles, pine cones, acorns, bits of moss, etc and then when we got home we’d make something with it, like a mobile or a “wind chime” type thing that we’d hang on our porch. So if you get them focused on looking for stuff while they’re out walking it can help from the whining about not wanting to walk so much. 🤗