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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:

  • Whistle
  • Garbage bag - make a hole at the top, slip the bag over your head and you'll stay warm and dry!
  • Water
  • Trail food - enough for the hike and an extra meal
  • Warm clothing such as a fleece jacket or vest
  • Flashlight

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
  • Hat
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses
  • First aid kit
  • Compass and map if you know how to use them
  • Emergency blanket
  • Camera
  • Field guide
  • Free information guides available from the White Mountain National Forest Ranger Stations or area Visitor Centers
  • Crayons and paper for a journal
Article first appeared at: hikesafe.com