Hiking Gear Guide for Kids
When you head out for a hike, you should always carry your own backpack. Don’t make someone else carry it!
Your pack doesn’t have to be heavy, but it should have everything you’ll need. For a day trip that means:
- Garbage bag – make a hole at the top, slip the bag over your head and you’ll stay warm and dry!
- Trail food – enough for the hike and an extra meal
- Warm clothing such as a fleece jacket or vest
Good hiking shoes are important. Don’t try to hike in sandals or flip-flops.
Other things you could add to your pack:
- Lightweight, weatherproof jacket
- Extra socks
- Insect repellant
- Sunscreen and sunglasses
- First aid kit
- Compass and map if you know how to use them
- Emergency blanket
- Field guide
- Free information guides available from the White Mountain National Forest Ranger Stations or area Visitor Centers
- Crayons and paper for a journal
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