No items found.

Must-Have Gear for Hiking With Kids

Venture out into the wild with your littlest ones. We're walking you through the basics you need for a successful trip on the trail.

Hiking is one of my favorite ways to spend a day even though I completely understand comedian Jim Gaffigan's stance that "there's nothing at the end of this trail — not even a vending machine." It's true. But, there's just something about being surrounded by nature with only your footsteps to worry about.

Enter children. I want my kids to love hiking as much as I do, or, at least, to appreciate the world around them. However, hiking with kids is not quite as relaxing, mindful and quiet. (Is anything with kids?) Yet, it hasn't stopped me from encouraging (or dragging) them up many a trail. Over the years, my husband and I have fine-tuned our necessities for hiking with kids that make the trail as adventurous and stress-free as possible. Check out our must-haves, from backpacks to footwear, written by Chelsey Bowen.

LAST UPDATED

June 29, 2022

Written by
Photo thumbnail Blog Author

Chelsey Bowen

HGTV Lifestyle

MEDIA MENTIONS

My only complaint is that eventually, backflushing won’t be enough. These can clog up after some time and no amount of back flushing will fix its low flow. I went through 2 on the AT. However, it will attach to Smart Water Bottles and most bladders!

Anna Hamrick

MEDIA MENTIONS

Built for backcountry reliability and portability, the Sawyer Squeeze filter is our pick for the best portable water purifier.

Pete Ortiz
Writer

MEDIA MENTIONS

The Sawyer Squeeze was (by far) the most common Pacific Crest Trail water filter this year – for the fifth year in a row. It’s a $39, 3 oz / 85 g hollow fiber filter that rids your drinking water of protozoa and bacteria (and floaties). It can be used with Sawyer bags (included with the filter) or with compatible water bottles (Smartwater is the bottle of choice for many hikers).

Halfway Anywhere
Media Mentions from Halfway Anywhere