Top 4 Reasons to Hike with Your Kids

In a world where technology is literally in every direction, it’s a sweet relief to unplug and soak up nature. Children today have technology at their fingertips. As the summer months unfold, it’s important to get out and explore the world around us. There are so many lessons to be learned in nature. We’ve put together our top 4 reasons to hike with your kids.

Educational

The world is our teacher. Learning about plants, herbalism, gardening, animals, and taking care of the earth are just some of the ways we can teach children to be future protectors of the land.

Exercise

So many kids spend their summers and weekends in front of the TV or playing games on their cell phone. Technology can be great…but should be limited. Healthy eating and movement go together. Cultivating a sense of exercise and self-care is important. And what better way to do that than outside in the fresh air?

Simplicity

Kids have a lot on their plate these days. Between homework, school, clubs, sports, and college applications, sometimes a little simplicity is what the body and soul needs. Embarking on a family hike on the weekend is a perfect way to disconnect from all other distractions. Pack a picnic and your favorite warm wool blanket and hit the trails! We love packing the gray wool blanket because it’s compact and easy to roll and unroll. Every backpacker should have a good camp blanket and emergency blanket.

Life Lessons

Bringing your kids out into nature not only builds maturity and character, but it teaches them how to prepare in emergency situations. Nature can change in an instant. When kids witness weather patterns, animals, they create a sense of self in the world.