What to Bring
As much as we all love our dogs, their leashes are a safety hazard in groups on narrow trails so please leave them home. But don't forget your sticks...
- Baby Carrier (Not necessary for Toddler hikes)
- A front carrier for babies up to 20 pounds, or a backpack carrier
for the older babies with good neck control (We recommend about five to six months old). Please send us an e-mail if you have any questions about the transition from front to back carrier.
- Other non-hiking events
- If you are attending a stroller walk, be sure your stroller is sturdy. Although we usually walk on paved trails, the terrain can be a bit rough sometimes. And in the winter months you'll bring a sled or snowshoes to many events!
- If you're carrying a baby in a pack, a hydration system like the bladder from a Camel Back tucked into the pocket of the backpack carrier works great. Or a simple water bottle tucked in a shorts pocket is fine too. Even if it's cold out, water is essential when exercising.
And remember to bring water for your toddler when attending the toddler hikes. They make child fanny packs and kids love to carry their own gear and water!
- Sun Screen
- Babies younger than 6 months need a paba-free variety.
Coppertone Water Babies is nice because it won’t irritate baby’s eyes. Older childern do fine with a kid-friendly water proof sun screen. This item is important no matter what time of year.
- One for each of you! Protect your baby's ears with flap hats!
- Snacks (or bottle for the babies)
- Something for you and for your munch monster!
- Durable shoes
- And the toddlers will need closed-toe walking shoes or sturdy boots.
- Sun Glasses
- Yeah, fat chance they will keep ‘em on!
- Lip Protection
- Jacket or sweatshirt
- If the weather looks iffy, bring something to cover up your baby or toddler. In the winter months, dress in layers avoiding heavy parkas.
- Medication if necessary
- If you or your children have asthma or allergies, make sure you have your meds with
you or have taken them prior to the hike. Please tell your hike leader if you or your child is diabetic, epileptic or asthmatic.