What to Pack When Hiking With Kids

what to pack when hiking with kids

Hiking with kids is a fantastic way to bond as a family and explore the great outdoors. But to ensure that your family has an enjoyable and safe hiking experience, it's essential to pack the right gear. In this article, we have shared some essential items to pack when hiking with kids, including insect repellent sunscreen, featuring Bullfrog’s Mosquito Coast Sunscreen and Insect Repellent- Pump & Continuous Spray.

Comfortable Clothing and Footwear

When hiking with kids, it's crucial to dress them in comfortable, breathable clothing that allows for easy movement. Choose materials that wick away moisture, like synthetic fabrics or wool, and avoid cotton as it tends to hold onto sweat, making your child feel damp and uncomfortable. Additionally, choose closed-toe shoes with good support and traction to prevent slips and falls. Don't forget to break in new shoes before heading out on a hike to avoid blisters and sore feet.

Hydration Pack or Water Bottles

Staying hydrated is vital when hiking, especially with kids. Bring plenty of water to prevent dehydration, and ensure that your children drink regularly throughout the hike. Consider a hydration pack, which allows your child to drink water through a tube without having to stop and pull out a water bottle. This can be especially helpful for younger children who may have trouble carrying a water bottle or opening it on their own.

Snacks and Meals 

Hiking can be a physically demanding activity, and your child will need plenty of energy to keep going. Pack plenty of snacks and meals to keep them fueled throughout the hike. Opt for healthy, non-perishable options like granola bars, trail mix, and dried fruit. For longer hikes, pack sandwiches or wraps in a cooler bag with ice packs to keep them fresh.

Sun Protection

Sun protection is a must when hiking, even on cloudy days. Pack a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 to protect your child's skin from harmful UV rays. Apply sunscreen to all exposed areas, including the face, neck, arms, and legs. Don't forget to reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating. Additionally, bring a hat and sunglasses to protect your child's face and eyes from the sun.

Insect Repellent Sunscreen

Mosquitoes and other biting insects can be a nuisance when hiking, especially in wooded areas or near water sources. To protect your child from insect bites, consider using a combination of insect repellent sunscreens like Bullfrog Sunscreen's Mosquito Coast line. This type of sunscreen contains both sunscreen and insect repellent, making it a convenient option for hiking. It's important to read the label and follow the instructions carefully when using insect repellent sunscreen, especially on young children.

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First Aid Kit

Accidents can happen on hikes, so it's essential to be prepared with a basic first aid kit. Pack bandages, antiseptic wipes, and a pair of tweezers for removing splinters or ticks. If your child has any allergies, be sure to pack an EpiPen and any necessary medications.

Navigation Tools

Staying on the right path and avoiding getting lost is essential when hiking with kids. Bring a map and compass, or consider using a GPS device to help you navigate. Additionally, make sure your child knows what to do if they become separated from the group, such as staying put and blowing a whistle.


Hiking can be a lot of fun, but it can also be tiring for kids. Bring along some entertainment to keep them occupied during rest breaks or quiet moments. Consider packing a deck of cards, a small board game, or a book. It's worth noting that when it comes to packing for a hike with kids, it's better to be over-prepared than underprepared.

Bullfrog’s Mosquito Coast Sunscreen and Insect Repellent- Pump & Continuous Spray is a great option for parents looking for an all-in-one solution. This formula provides broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection and contains 25% DEET to repel mosquitoes, ticks, biting flies, gnats, and chiggers. Its oil-free and non-greasy formula makes it comfortable to wear, and the convenient spray application makes it easy to apply even on squirmy kids. It is also water-resistant, making it perfect for activities like hiking that involve sweating or water activities.

Another product that parents can consider is Bullfrog’s Quik Spray & Quik Gel Broad Spectrum Sunscreen, which provides SPF 50 protection against UVA and UVB rays. Its quick-drying, non-greasy formula is perfect for kids who don't like the feeling of heavy sunscreen on their skin. It's available in both spray and gel formulas, making it easy to apply to any part of the body. Additionally, the formula is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, so parents can have peace of mind knowing that their child's skin is protected even during water activities.

It's essential to remember that not all sunscreens are created equal. Parents should look for sunscreens that provide broad-spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays, with an SPF of at least 30. Additionally, parents should choose a sunscreen that is water-resistant, especially if they plan on engaging in water activities like swimming or kayaking. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using a shot glass worth of sunscreen to cover the entire body and reapplying every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating.

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With the right precautions, parents can ensure that their child's skin stays safe and healthy while enjoying the great outdoors. Products like Bullfrog’s Mosquito Coast Sunscreen and Insect Repellent- Pump & Continuous Spray can provide an all-in-one solution for parents looking to protect their child's skin from both the sun's harmful rays and pesky bugs. So, grab your sunscreen, bug repellent, and gear and hit the trails with your family for a fun and safe outdoor adventure!

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