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Friday, June 6, 2014

5 Tips for Hiking with Kids Plus a TWIX Snack!

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{Hiking tips for kids including a great snack recipe}

With summer fast approaching, one of the things we're most looking forward to is doing family hikes again! We did a ton of hiking last summer and plan to keep that up. We live in an area with a wide variety of hiking options, and we found a lot of good ones to take our kids on. We've also discovered a few tips for hiking with kids that I want to pass along as well.

1--Choose an appropriate hike

There are lots of resources out there to help you find hikes in your area.
Books and websites exist for finding hikes in all parts of the country, and they will usually tell you how difficult the trail will be. But you can even walk around a new neighborhood or park and call it a hike! Start with just 20 minutes if you need to.

2--Make sure everyone has good shoes
No need to buy fancy hiking boots, but closed toed shoes should be considered a must for hiking. Sandals can cause tripping and dirt and rocks can get stuck under toes.

3--Make it fun
Some kids love exploring in the outdoors, others get tired of it pretty quickly. As you're walking, play I-spy, tell jokes, sing songs, tell stories, ask questions to make them think about what they're seeing around them. Fresh air and quality family time? Bonus! Consider bringing friends along sometimes too.

4--Bring water and snacks
While it can feel annoying to carry water or food, especially on a short hike, it's important to stay hydrated. Plus thirsty and hungry kids get grumpy pretty quickly (and me too!) and it's easier to just not give them that to complain about :) Children don't have to be very old to carry a backpack or small drawstring bag for their own water.

This yummy trail mix has TWIX Bites (already unwrapped in the bag!) pita puffs, dried cranberries and mixed nuts.  

Grab all your ingredients at Walmart and take this coupon with you. Get $1.00 off  (2) TWIX, 3 MUSKETEERS and MILKY WAY Simply Caramel Bites. 

TWIX coupon

Or a coupon for the larger bags! Save $3.00 Off any two (2) MARS Brand Bites, 6 oz. or larger. Includes TWIX, 3 MUSKETEERS, MILKY WAY Simply Caramel, MILKY WAY & SNICKERS. 

Just mix everything together and portion out into some ziplock bags to take along with you. 

5--Keep track of your progress 
Make some kind of chart or timeline and mark it off or add stickers after each hike. We start out short and work towards longer hikes throughout the summer. By keeping track your kids can be proud of how much they've accomplished. You can even mark each half mile so that they can see progress quicker.

Click on the picture to download the file and you can print this one with pre-printed circles to fill in or add stickers to, or a blank page with just the title.

Do you like hiking with your family? Do you have any other tips to share? I'd love to hear!

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  1. Hiking isnt popular in this house , but the snacks are , that looks so good. great tips that can be used for other situations

  2. I like your style. This makes me miss hiking. Definitely on the to do list with Angelica someday!

  3. I have been looking for ways to get my kids more active this summer. I LOVE the miles hiked chart. What a great idea!

  4. Well I love hiking but it isn't a popular thing in this country anyhow. It's mostly deserts and the heat gets too unbearable to actually even step out . But looks like you're kids had a great time :)

  5. Hiking is a great way to get the kids out and about! The tip about the shoes is so important! I would also add don't let them wear shoes like crocs for hiking as sharp rocks can cut right through the bottom of them. A good sneaker or boot is best!

  6. I used to love going on hikes with my kids when they were younger but we just don't seem to have time these days. I should make time to go on one soon-thanks for the inspiration!

    If you have a minute to spare I’d be thrilled if you could share your post at my weekly Say G’day Saturday linky party. It has just started and this would be a fabulous addition!

    Best wishes for a great weekend,
    Natasha in Oz

  7. That looks sooo good. I LOVE Twixes and to put them in a mix is a great idea! I didn't even know they made such a project.

  8. Great tips! I love the idea of keeping track of miles hiked!

  9. I love all of these tips! I really need to get active with my girls this summer and that printable is a great motivator for the kids. And those TWIX Bites are a great motivator for me! #client

  10. Love the ideas! We just went hiking this weekend. Pinned! Thanks for being a part of our party. Please join us tonight at 7 pm. We love having you! http://loulougirls.blogspot.com
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

  11. Nice place for hiking, kids will surely love the snacks. Thanks for the tips, check out Piggyback Rider for toddlers 2.5 y/o + up to 60lbs - a kid carrier backpack that is made of high quality buckles and enjoy while hiking, touring, shopping, walking, watching, exploring, wandering, bonding at amusement parks, carnival, sporting events, malls, markets and everywhere else you may go !