You love the snow and you want your kids to love winter activities as much as you do.   However, many parents are hesitant to bring their kids outdoors during colder weather.  We are here to show you that hiking in the wintertime with kids can be easy and fun.

Check out these 5 tips, bundle up and get out there!  

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1. Bring poles: 

When you are carrying a young child, your center of gravity is off.  The last thing you want to do is slip and both of you face plant into the snow.  Hiking poles will help you to stay balanced and stable on all types of surfaces, even ice!

2. Layer up!

Make sure that you and your kids are properly dressed for your winter adventure.  Start with a thin base layer (good old fashioned long underwear work great!) and then add additional layers depending on the temperature and wind chill outside.  I always recommend parents dress their children in snow pants and high boots while hiking in the snow.  That way if they want to stomp around in deep snow or play they don’t get wet, which eventually leads to cold. Layering is especially important for younger kids that will be carried the entire hike.  They need extra layers as they won’t be moving as much.  Also don’t forget goggles or sunglasses to protect your eyes from the snow glare!

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This baby is ready to hike!

3. Make it fun!  

Stop for an impromptu snowball fight or jump into deep snow drifts.

4. Be prepared!  

Make sure to pack extra layers (socks, hats, gloves, scarf, shirts, pants, etc), snacks, drinks, diapers, wipes, and of course your cell phone for emergencies and for pictures!  You never know what you may need out there and a dry, warm kid is a happy kid.

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You can even cut down a Christmas Tree with your kids in tow!

5. Reward:

Make the experience complete with a stop for some hot chocolate (and maybe a latte for the tired parents) after the hike.   This may be the only thing the kids remember and you want them walking away with warm, fuzzy memories.

DSC01228Lauren Jones, founder of RWK, is mom to 2 winter lovin’ boys, and loves trail running in the snow.

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