So Excited to share with you our many adventures that our families go on. Exploring the world around us right in our own backyard is our duty as human beings. Our families take that seriously.
Best places to explore outdoors without kids:
What to Bring Hiking with Toddlers/Children:
- Hiking Back Packs
- Muddy Buddies if chance of rain (so everyday in BC)
- Sun Screen
- Hiking Boots/Rain boots
- Water Bottles. (one for adults and one for kids)
- Sandwiches, granola bars and finger foods such as carrot sticks and apples ect.
- a favorite treat to coax them back into the Backpacks
- hiking sticks
- Extra Change of clothes and shoes for each person (we keep them in the van for when our hike is over.)
- Camera/cell phone
Here are a few tips to help with taking kids on Hikes:
- bring a favorite treat to help you with them on the hike. Either to help them keep hiking or to get them back in the back packs/stroller.
- Take a picture of the hiking trail map before you leave the parking lot. Decide which trail you are going to take and follow along your picture of the map so that you can keep track of where you are. Cell phone signals get lost when you are up in the mountains so having a picture on your phone is ideal.
- Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to be back. Get them to check in with you at a certain time to make sure everything went well:) Prepare and plan. Best way to stay safe.
- Leave early in the morning to ensure a lot of time for stuff to go wrong and kids to have tantrums. children like to enjoy the hike as well as the parents. the best way to enjoy a family hike is to let them hike with you. have a back up place for them to rest. Our family uses a hiking Backpack for our two year old and an Ergo Carrier for our 1 year old. For Trail hikes we use our BOB jogging stroller and always bring our all weather cover.
What to Bring Camping with Toddlers:
Camping List for the kiddos
- Large bucket/tupperware with a Lid *
- sand toys – shovels, dump trucks, diggers, buckets
- Clothes – make sure you bring fuzzy footie pjs even in the summer. plenty of pants and socks.
- boots and muddy buddies
- bikes and helmets
- small bin of books and small toys. such as blocks, cars, and little tykes little people. Keep it simple
- puzzles and games
- colouring books and crayons
- favorite stuffies and blankets
- hiking backpacks for the kiddos – we use the MEC one and an Ergo
* I put all my outdoor toys in a bin including bubbles and towels and boots and muddy buddies and then when my child needs a bath, I dump all the contents onto the lid and bath my children in the bin. Then I put all the toys in the bin after and give them a good cleaning as well.
Camping list for the Adults
- travel mugs
- fishing stuff