Safety Tips for a Hike with the Kids
Summer is an excellent time for hiking but with how beautiful Colorado gets in the fall, this season is also perfect for a nice hiking trip with the family. Everyone, from the youngest to the oldest, can appreciate the beauty of this season and it is definitely, worth taking advantage of it.
If a hiking trip with your kids is in your near future, here are some tips to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable hike:
Tell Someone Where You Are Going
That is a must. Whether you are hiking alone or taking your whole family with you, going on a 2-mile or 10-mile hike, you should never leave the house without letting someone in on your plans. If anything were to happen, having someone know where you were headed is super helpful. If you take your phone with you, it doesn’t hurt to text a friend to let them know when your hike starts and when you come out of the trail.
Bring Bug Spray and Sunscreen
Everyone’s skin is sensitive to the sun, but kids’ skin is even more vulnerable. Make sure you apply sunscreen on yourself and your kids before starting your adventure and take it with you so you can reapply it as needed throughout your hike.
Additionally, to ensure you keep bugs at bay, don’t leave your bug spray at home. Apply it right before you start your hike and carry it with you in your backpack, in case you need some more.
Ticks cause some of the most common bug bites in Colorado. They are usually present in grassy and wooded areas, so when you’re outdoors, you must stay alert as they can cause illnesses, like Lyme disease. Choosing proper hiking clothes, such as hats and long pants, is also an excellent way to keep ticks away.
Carry Essential Hiking Supplies
In addition to water and snacks, it also a good idea to carry other essential hiking supplies in your bag, like a first-aid kit, a navigation device, a flashlight, a blanket, and some extra clothing. Let your kids know what’s in the backpack and when to use each item.
Prep what you need for your hike and head outdoors to enjoy fall in Colorado!