Hiking with kids can be a challenge, but it’s so great to experience all the sights through your kid’s eyes. It makes those amazing views at the end of the trail that much more fun and beautiful when you’re enjoying it with your entire family. If you’re planning to hike with your kids (or with adults for that matter), the most important thing to remember is to be prepared for anything. On one of our family hikes in Arizona, “JoyJoy” slipped on a rock while crossing a stream and skinned her knee. Luckily Ross was prepared with a small first aid kit and got her patched up quickly. Other than the obvious things like water and snacks, our family has compiled a top 10 list, in no particular order, of some of our favorite and/or essential hiking gear items below….
Glacier is one of the best parks for kids — with a variety of animals, waterfalls, mountains, and lakes, there is something for each kid and adult to enjoy. Our kids were 5 & 7 when we went, and they were troopers (a hiking stick or pole really helps!). We did each of these as the primary activity of the day and then lighter activities the remainder of the day. This isn’t the final list of all the hikes we did, but rather those that we would do again if we went back. Our kids are good hikers, but we don’t love heights, so some trails were off limits to keep us from crawling back to the car… …
Glacier… What a gem! We fell in love with National Parks here — and for good reason! It’s great for kids, there is a lot to see, and it is always changing! We spent a full 5 days in the park, because Glacier National Park is a large park with a lot to do. So, what are the can’t miss spots to visit? Below are our top 5 family-friendly activities in Glacier that you shouldn’t leave the park without seeing….
We love muffins and peanut butter in this house and I love bringing muffins on our road trips for quick breakfasts or easy snacks, but the regular size muffins get squished so easily and end up a crumbly mess. These flourless peanut butter chocolate chip mini muffins from Averie over at averiecooks.com are awesome and they travel much better than a bigger muffin. An added bonus, they’re gluten free! Super moist and pop-able, nothing goes better together than peanut butter and chocolate, or peanut butter and banana for that matter. These little guys come together pretty quickly as they are mixed in a blender or food processor. When taking them on trips I make them ahead of time and freeze them until the day we leave. They then get stored at the top of our cooler (if there’s room in the cooler) or at the top of our “food bag.”…
Any other yogurt and granola lovers out there? When our family did a modified Whole 30 (really more of an elimination diet) with our kids back in February of this year, the thing my husband and I missed the most was our morning yogurt with granola. We both eat that for breakfast EVERY morning. Since finishing the modified Whole 30, our eating habits have changed a bit, amongst other changes we have switched to plain yogurt (I couldn’t give up yogurt, or dairy for that matter, completely!) and have drastically reduced our gluten intake. Thus my search began for a yummy gluten free, grain free granola with no refined sugar that still created those amazing, crunchy clusters. This recipe from Julia over at The Roasted Root is the best one we’ve tried so far. I will be making a big batch of this to take on our road trip to Washington this summer….
We inevitably have a lot of long days in the car on our trips and we don’t like our kids to be on the iPad or watching movies the entire time. Over the years we have found quite a few other activities to keep them (and us) entertained and occupied on those long days.
Here’s our list of 12 non-technology road trip activities for kids….
Adventures come in many types, and while we have taken trips to Colorado (Rocky Mountain NP and Denver), California (San Francisco and Muir Woods), Florida (Disney!), Chicago, and our own beautiful North Shore (Grand Marais, Duluth, and Larsmont MN), our first big adventure took place in the summer of 2015. We set out for a 2 week journey that began with an overnight stay at the Element Hotel in Fargo, ND.