What To Pack for a Spring Hike With Your Little One

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Last week, Mal and I took Quinn (and Murphy) on his first hike of the season. It’s finally starting to warm up here, so we took advantage of the beautiful weather and took a nice, long hike together.

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Before the hike, we got Quinn all packed up with a bunch of must-haves for an outdoor adventure with a little one.

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I knew we’d only be out for a couple of hours, but I still wanted to make sure we were prepared.

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What we packed:

what to pack for a spring hike

  • Snacks: We packed a bunch of Quinn’s favorite snacks, including a banana, a Happy Baby pouch, and some rice crackers, which he ended up snacking on midway through the hike.
  • Boogie Wipes: Going to daycare a couple of days a week means that Quinn almost always has a runny nose. We love Boogie Wipes for cleaning up his boogies!
  • Ricola® Revitalizing Herb Drops: Mal has Spring allergies, so he loves Ricola cough drops, especially this variety because they have B vitamins as well as a mixture of Swiss alpine herbs and ginseng, which gives him a little boost.
  • Sunblock: It was a chilly, but sunny day, so we made sure to cover Quinn’s exposed skin with sunblock.
  • Hooded sweatshirt: We dressed Quinn in a long-sleeve shirt + fleece vest, but we brought a hooded sweatshirt just in case the weather turned cold when we were in the middle of our hike. We didn’t end up needed it, but I’m glad we had it just in case.
  • Cell phone: For emergencies and photos!

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Yay, ready to hike!

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We hiked for about two hours, and Quinn had a wonderful time looking around and exploring his surroundings. He’s such a nature lover.

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Tree bark? So cool.

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At the halfway mark, it was my turn to give the hiking backpack a try.

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It was a lot of fun carrying Quinn around on my back, but toward the end of the hike, I was ready to stop. Hiking with a 20-pound infant on your back, especially up hill, is tough! What a workout!

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All in all, it was a wonderful family outing, and I can’t wait for the next one!

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Questions of the Day

What item do you ALWAYS make sure to have on you when you do outdoor activities?

What’s your favorite Springtime family activity? 

Do you have Spring allergies?

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25 Comments

  1. Looks like you had a great day for a hike! How do you like the hiking backpack? How did Quinn like it? I’m thinking of getting one to use for my 7 month old for short hikes but I’m not sure if it’s worth buying that or using the Ergo carrier (regular kind) I already have.

  2. Great pictures! I bet hiking wouldn’t feel so great after the marathon! When I go out for a while, I always make sure to bring sunscreen and water. I also have a dog water bottle for when I bring my pup along!

  3. So cute! I cannot wait to go on adventures with our little one (the weather has decided to return to winter at the moment). We keep a stash of items in the car such as sunblock, snacks, wipes, towels, change of clothes for the little one and a pacifier.

  4. I love hiking but unfortunately I moved to the city so all the nature is not right within my reach. I’m sure there will be some areas I can find by driving out, but it was always so nice to have it right there when I wanted to go out. Glad you were able to enjoy it; I’m sure you’re right about that being a serious workout!

  5. I love hiking, but it’s been a while since I’ve gone… there’s not a ton of great hiking nearby right now. I’d love to go sometime this summer or over a long weekend, though, for sure! Looks like you had a lovely time!

  6. I’m bummed that in Texas, hiking season is almost over 🙁 I enjoyed meeting up with Hike It Baby to hike with some fellow moms. They have groups all over – my guess would be that they have some near you,too, if you’re interested!

  7. oooo I LOVE that backpack! most of the toddler hiking packs i’ve seen haven’t had them sitting so upright and able to see what’s going on. those are great!

    I always have to bring water. And a snack. Even if I don’t get around to the snack, the water is an absolute necessity and the snack makes me feel better. I also always bring my phone, even if I keep it on airplane mode and silent. I just don’t feel comfortable being up in the mountains or out in the woods without access to help if I need it.

    Running, swimming, hiking, horse back riding, all sorts of spring stuff! Though spring in Los Angeles is very different from the spring in Massachusetts I’m used to hahah.

    No spring allergies here! My sister gets them terribly, but I am very lucky 🙂

  8. What a great time! Where did you guys hike? We are looking for a place to hike this weekend in the Boston area.

  9. My little guy loves mum-mums! And boogie wipes are the bees knees! I have some in our living room, his bedroom and in his diaper bag, lol. They actually have a dispenser for them now too which is great!

  10. Great workout carrying 20lbs on your back. A must have for my hike is diapers. One time the husband forgot the diapers and it was a really stinky hike. Trust me always have enough diapers.

  11. I knew you had experience with the backpack carriers and was wondering of you had a preference to these types of carriers rather than the regular ones (like Ergobaby and Bjorn type ones). Are these really worth it for hiking, or afe the other ones just fine? Thanks!

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