Hiking with a baby – What to carry in your pack?
This list for hiking with a baby varies based on the length of the hike and difficulty level but is a good starting point.
- Diaper kit – bring a small package with diapers, wipes, bum cream and a plastic bag (for the dirty laundry);
- Baby food and water;
- First aid kit- don’t need to bring your whole medicine cabinet, but a small kit of band-aids, gauze, and first aid tape, also consider baby Benadryl and antibiotic cream.
- Hat (either for sun protection or warmth);
- Baby Sunscreen and Baby bug spray – you should apply sunscreen and bug spray before you begin hiking, but it’s a good idea to bring them along. Young children should be kept out of direct sunlight as much as possible;
- Baby sunglasses;
- Small, lightweight blanket;
- Toy – sometimes the scenery isn’t enough to keep the baby entertained.
How to dress your baby for hiking:
Choose loose long sleeves and pants, keeping the skin safe from radiation and cooler. The more of the skin is covered, the less sunscreen you will need to use. A single loose layer will allow air to circulate removing sweat and cooling you down. Don’t forget a hat and sunglasses. Babies in carriers still need hats and to be checked if their legs are exposed.
Use extra caution when babywearing and hiking in cold weather. There could be ice present on the ground so walk carefully and be sure to wear good boots appropriate for the terrain.