Hiking with kids provides families with an opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors and to get some exercise, fresh air and fun together. The pros at REI suggest the following items as essential for embarking on a day hike. 

The Ten Essentials

For safety, survival and basic comfort:

1. Navigation

• Map (with protective case)
• Compass

2. Sun protection

• Sunscreen
• SPF-rated lip balm
• Sunglasses

3. Insulation

• See Clothing options, below

4. Illumination

• Headlamp or flashlight
• Extra batteries

5. First-aid supplies

• First-aid kit 

6. Fire

Fire-starting gear:
• A lighter or matches in a waterproof container
• Firestarting material

7. Repair tools and kit

• Knife or multi-tool
• Repair supplies

8. Nutrition

• Food for the day, plus extra food

9. Hydration

• Water bottles or hydration reservoir
• Water filter or other treatment system

10. Emergency shelter

• Tent, tarp, bivy or reflective blanket

Have fun!

Published in Gear

Fly rod in hand, I eased into the cool waters of the storied Madison River. My son, Ben, was just steps behind me, eager to wet his line. Despite my felt-bottomed shoes, I faltered slightly, slipping off the rounded, moss-covered rocks below my feet.

Published in Travel Essays