5 things to know when sending your child on a hike

Eight of the most epic hiking trails in the world

Cycling, hiking with a child

Our Infant Hiking Equipment: What to Take and What to Eat

OUR HIKING EQUIPMENT For hiking with a child, Sasha and I choose, whenever possible, inexpensive and strong things that are difficult for a child to break, and if they break or lose, it's not a pity. And in general, we don't bother very much with the selection of equipment, there is no time between constant trips for this. So I'll just list what we have with my review. This list is very simple, so it may be interesting for those who want to travel, but are not ready to spend a lot of time, effort and/or money on the selection of equipment. It contains the most common travel items, of which the most "high-tech" thing is a multi-fuel burner. All of them were bought in tourist shops in St. Petersburg, except for the burner, which is also sold here, but it is cheaper to order from abroad.

Backpack 95 liters Equipment (2400 g) - a solid hiking backpack with large pockets and the ability to attach outside foam (even two winter ones!) and a tent. Three-seater tent Cetus equipment (2700 g) Budget, spacious, strong, self-supporting tent - what we need for hiking with a child. The Cetus tent can be set up quickly and anywhere, and the pegs can be stuck in as soon as possible. Really strong - Vitalik likes to rush at her on a grand scale, sometimes with all sorts of objects in his hands, but after numerous trips the tent is still intact. The strange design of one long arc and two suspended ones proved to be very viable. One drawback - the awning of this model is not silicone, that is, not as light as we would like. And it's all about the vile marketers who not only decided that a tent of this design is the lowest class and does not need a silicone awning, but also forbid making a silicone awning in Equipment even to order. In any case, it is easier to find a tent and, at the same time, we did not manage to make a sufficiently strong fabric.

Sleeping bags with synthetic filler Salewa Sigma flex -1 and Deuter exosphere -4 SL (1600 and 1440 g) We zipped our bedrooms so that the zippers were on the side, not in the center. This allows you to better regulate the child's shelter and get out of the sleeping bag to the side, and not in the middle. Vitalik slept either on the side of me, or between us (when my side was tired or to change the situation and the child could fall asleep again). Below we had our old, a thousand times torn and sewn-up, but very good in terms of water-repellent properties and a low-compressible Salewa sleeping bag with a certain Salewa Powerfill filler. In this sleeping bag, moisture immediately seeps down, and from above it is always dry and warm. And a lot of moisture got on it - in cold weather we prefer to eat in a tent, and with a child in a tent it is so bedlam that tea was poured onto sleeping bags regularly. Without any consequences. To downy sleeping bags when hiking with a child - our categorical "no". Above we had a recently bought Deuter, good for his plumpness. With less weight than Saleva's, it warms better. But it also has a major drawback - almost half of the outer layer is waterproof. When you dry wet baby clothes inside sleeping bags, this is very disturbing, since things do not dry well, and moisture accumulates inside. But we did not find a better option that would fit with our old Saleva. In these sleeping bags we slept comfortably with the child up to -10 degrees. Titanium multi-fuel burner Primus Omnilite Ti with a liter cylinder (610 g) Titanium kettle 1.L with a bowl lid, one more bowl, one mug, 2 spoons (458 g) We do not need a second kettle, since we do not cook anything greasy, after cooking, rinse the pot with a minimum amount of water and calmly boil tea in it. And the lid that converts into a bowl is very handy too. Thermos 800 ml Alloy (430 g) There are many halts with a child, every time it is inconvenient to take out the burner, so hot tea in a thermos is always useful. Especially for an intensively nursing mother. Mats, 2 pcs For warmer hikes, we took summer foams (720 g) with us, and in case of possible cold weather we took "winter" 15 mm foams (1250 g). Winter foams are very voluminous and visually greatly increase Sasha's backpack, but it is comfortable to sleep on them. And also on the foam we rested on the halts, letting the child go there, and they were not afraid of anything! First aid kit (335 g) I personally take a plaster, bandage, cotton wool, a hemostatic sponge, baneocin as an antiseptic for everyone, dolobene in case of sprains or blows for adults, ketans as an analgesic for adults, smecta in case of poisoning for everyone, paracetamol in case of headache and fever for everyone , vasoconstrictor in case of a runny nose for everyone, glycerin suppositories in case of constipation to a child, an aspirator in case of a runny nose to a child, zyrtek in case of allergies to a child. And I don’t take serious medications that I don’t know how to use. Trekking poles Leki (in hands) For mountain hikes with a child's shoulder carrier. 3-4 bottles 1. liter for water An absolute must when hiking in arid places like the mountains of Bulgaria and Cyprus. Clothes - 2-3 kg for an adult (in cold weather, part of the weight of adult clothes was transferred to themselves), 1-3 kg for a child (as appropriate). We are very frivolous about the issue of adult clothing, so I will not list it, but about the nursery one will be written below. Diapers, wet wipes, toilet paper - about 2 kg per week, if with a margin, but in general, the consumption depends on the characteristics of the child and with age it becomes necessary less. Some children can be planted from infancy, but this is not our case. Navigators Garmin Etrex 30 2 pcs (just in case) plus 2 pairs of spare batteries As well as little things: small knives, headlamps (we did not take them to Norway) garbage bags and small bags of dental and soap accessories and money-documents-phone

The total weight of our items was about 23 kg. Most of the things "rode" on the back of the Pope.

OUR FOOD ON AN AUTONOMOUS HIKING Sasha and I faced the need to fully think over the hiking ration for the first time in our life, precisely after the birth of the child, since we had never hiked before, and we were going on bike trips at random (and it happened, that they were starving because of this). But then I had to attend to the question. We invented everything ourselves, focusing not on calories (I don’t understand anything about this!), But on our personal needs. They were selected gradually, changing the layout according to the results of each trip and as the child grew up. Accurate kitchen scales proved to be irreplaceable in this matter.

Until the age of six months, our baby was exclusively breastfed, and then he connected to the common table. We have never taken any special food for the child, we prepared only what is possible for both adults and children.

The total weight of our layout was 1200-1300 grams/day for a family of two adults plus one baby. Well, that is, no more than 600 grams/day per person. In our hikes, we walked much less than in adult hikes, but we had more load compared to adults and we "rested" on the halts rather relatively. How this affects calories, I can not judge. We have a child with an increased appetite, so it was during pure breastfeeding, and when he switched to adult food.

For example, we took 10. kg of food for 8 days of autonomy on a hike across Bulgaria with a six-month-old baby, of which 1. kg remained. And on a hiking trip in Norway with a one and a half year old child, we took 11. kg of food for 9 days of autonomy, and we had 1 kg at the finish line. Honestly, we were always fed up with this weight. It seems even too much at times :)

Below I will give our last version of the layout, in a hike with a child after a year, when the child continued to breastfeed, but also very actively consumed complementary foods from the common table. When the child was still purely breastfeeding, everything was the same, only baby snacks were subtracted, but I drank more tea with sweets, since I had to produce liters of milk.

Our Grocery Layout Weight is based on family per day.

Elena has a small workshop for the production of children's educational books from felt and her passion for life is family trips. Lena's husband brings the main income to the house, and she focuses on family and travel.

- We started traveling with the eldest son, who is now seven years old, when he was one month old. First, we went by car near the city, into nature, with an overnight stay in a tent. When Roma was a little over three months old, they rafted down the river on catamarans. At four months, he traveled with us across the Urals - in a sling, - says Elena.

A six-month-old son traveled with his restless parents to the southern coast of Crimea.

- My husband and I already had seven years of tourism experience by that time. And with the advent of children, a velothema appeared, - says Natalya. - When a child grows up, it is difficult to carry it in a sling. I had a bike and bought a bike trailer. We went to Europe when Roma was one year old. We reached Berlin, then rode around the cities. The journey lasted 50 days. When Vanya was born - the same story. The youngest son also began to travel as an infant. When he grew up, they bought a double bike trailer.

Last year, Elena and her children set the first record - 1200 kilometers across the Alps. We rode through four countries by bike: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy. We took four alpine passes: Fernpass 1216 meters, Passo resia 1507 meters, Toblakh pass 1226 meters, Lueg pass 550 meters.

- Now the youngest son Vanya is 4 years old, and the eldest Roma is seven. Both of them are already tourists, she says. - Vanya can walk 8-10 kilometers on foot. Roma - twice as much. They are not afraid of cold or snow, they can spend the night in a tent at minus 10 degrees. They have no concept of "cold-hot", they are always fine. They can swim in streams at minus 10 degrees. Only my parents react to this with aspiration: where did she drag them again? Why?

What to put in a first aid kit and why kids love puddles

- Really - why? And how are all these "mom's" fears - fever, wet feet, and a million other "what if"? How to deal with this? Continuous difficulties and fears.

- About why. Each family is organized in its own way. It's so interesting for us to live, we choose to be in nature. Hiking is a favorite part of my life, my passion, my love. This is how our children learn about the world and learn at the same time.

Roma is now consciously asking questions: for example, why is the Kama river so full and why is it overflowing. We explain, compare rivers with communicating vessels and the human body. He also keeps track of the kilometers traveled, solves simple problems from our tourist life.

They are interested in getting into a puddle - this is the main and most interesting entertainment for children on a hike, to fall out in it, to splash in it. That's why they go there. They can argue, argue - everything is as usual with children. Break a dry branch and examine the anthill for a long time.

There is no need to hesitate about these “and ifs”. They will be sure: the child will get his feet wet, a bee will sting him, catch a cold, the temperature will rise.

In this case, you need to act in the same way as usual at home. There is a set of drugs that should be in the first-aid kit: if the temperature is antipyretic. In children, the body is easily self-healing in nature. The same runny nose goes away in two to three days. If allergic - antihistamines.

Among the options for children's summer vacation, hiking is considered the most risky venture. On hikes, with tents, bonfires and songs with a guitar went to the USSR. Now, not every parent will dare to send a child somewhere in the deep woods without constant telephone communication. But if you choose the right company and take into account the pitfalls, active travel can be a great experience for a child, temper his character and improve his health before the new school year. How best to do this, says Matvey Shparo, a polar explorer and founder of the Big Adventure camp network for children.

The child needs active travel

The main diseases of our time are a sedentary lifestyle, virtuality, disunity, depression, loneliness, satiety. Everything that almost instantly disappears when you are on a hike. At the same time, these negative aspects are almost fatal for the emerging personality. If an adult still somehow finds internal reserves to deal with all this negativity, then what should a child do? He becomes crazy about the Internet, but does not realize it, considers himself happy and cannot tear himself away from it. He does not know how and does not like to work, he cannot believe that stress can bring joy, that a job well done is a guarantee of a great mood. He hangs for a long time on the refrigerator door, choosing between yogurt and a sandwich with boiled pork, and cannot imagine that after rowing, buckwheat with stewed meat melts in his mouth.

Until the child finds himself in special conditions, he will suffer from his own satiety and inactivity

And this is where hiking or active travel comes to the rescue. First, you yourself have to be a professional in this matter. It is ugly to write about myself, so I refer to information on the Internet. Secondly, you need to love and understand children, while children in their most difficult and unpleasant version - in adolescence. Teenagers - loud, self-confident, notorious, demanding attention - this is an explosive cocktail. And you put this explosive mixture into potentially dangerous conditions. What for? Paradoxically, it is in such conditions that their energy is directed in the right direction and an excellent result is obtained, the maximum effectiveness of upbringing is achieved. Without exaggeration: before our eyes, timid boys and girls became confident personalities. Deviant teenagers were so fond of travel that they went into it with their heads, there was no more gateway in their life, they did not need it.

When hiking, we offer everyone a healthy alternative. Learn to think not only about yourself, take care of others and about nature, realize yourself through serving others and some common cause. In terms of educational effect, there is no alternative to active travel in a short period of time.

What a well-organized hike looks like

But, of course, such a journey shouldn't just be moving from point A to point B. It should be a lot of hard pedagogical work. Our principle is that children are busy all the time, their day is scheduled by the minute, full to the limit. At first, the participants in our programs simply fall off their feet. They arrived at the camp and away we go: exercise - breakfast - classes at the velodrome - rope courses - lunch - animation hour - lesson on a catamaran - a walk with a husky - an evening event. Not every adult can withstand such a busy regime. But children, excited by the unusual environment, novelty of activities and communication with peers, include some of their own special children's "programs" and become normal adolescents. Because at this age it is normal to be in motion all the time, in communication, and it is not their fault that now the courtyards are empty and the children are scattered around the computers. This is their misfortune, the misfortune of our time, and our task is to help them cope with this misfortune.

In active travel, the very atmosphere works for us, for our goals. This is a complete separation from civilization

There is no such thing as a computer, there is not even the most ordinary stoves, plumbing and even a roof over your head. Children begin to appreciate simple things: food, warmth, and most importantly, the attention and care of others. The children develop such qualities as independence and responsibility, which is almost worth its weight in gold in our life, where 90% of children are in overprotective conditions. And if a child has the makings of a leader, then to show them on the journey means, thanks to strong impressions, to give them powerful development far into the future.


Although we are ardent supporters of active travel, in some cases we recommend that parents and children stay at home or choose another type of vacation. A child may not be ready for the trip in different ways: psychologically, physically. But more often than not, the reasons are confused and it is difficult to separate one from the other. For example, how to understand - a child is bad on a trip because he is a stay-at-home or because he has weak muscles? But if he had not been a homebody, he would have been more tolerant, and his homesickness would not have been aggravated by fatigue, he would have coped with it calmly. The reasons for psychological unpreparedness can be called the following: home child, shy, introvert, "mama's boy", a child in a state of stress.

In the end, psychological unpreparedness can also arise due to the child's elementary lack of information

Hiking is more than just physical activity or getting from point A to point B. A hike lasting hours, days or even weeks creates a special sense of connection with the place and the surrounding landscape. We are in solidarity with this thought, so we made a translation of the material on the eight most scenic hiking trails, which was compiled by the largest publisher of travel guides in the world Lonely Planet. Russia is not on the list, but at least three places are not particularly difficult to get to.

Laguna de Los Tres, Los Ledyares, Argentina

This 22 km route is a hiking classic. It stretches across the Fitz Roy ridge to three mountains: Cerro Fitz Roy, Aguya Poinseno and Torre, which are located around the lake. This is an option for a long but rewarding day trip. You can relax in the city of El Chalten, where the path begins and ends. There are many good and affordable accommodation options for tourists.

Start/End: El Shalten Distance: 22 km Details: losglaciares. om

Adam's Peak, Sri Lanka

Globally, this conical mountain is not that high - only 2243 meters. Pilgrims love to climb it, since for religious people the mountain is considered sacred: as they say, Buddha, Shiva or Adam left their mark here, depending on which religion the pilgrim belongs to.

There are six possible routes to the summit, but the most popular one is the Hatton Trail. It is a steep mountain trail with numerous staircases carved right into the mountain. Getting there by sunrise takes an early start and a bit of luck: as the jungle weather of Sri Lanka often plunges the route into clouds. But if you're lucky, at the top you get an unforgettable view spanning the west, south and east coasts of the island.

Start/End: Dalhousie Distance: 14 km round trip Details: sripada. rg

Southwest Coastal Trail UK

The longest of the 16 UK national routes runs along the beautiful coastline of the southwestern part of the island. Tourists planning to walk all the way through quaint towns and incredible natural landscapes will have to spend at least a month or two. A leisurely pace and frequent stops for cream tea are recommended - especially in places like Bigbury-on-Sea, where Agatha Christie wrote her crime novels.

Hiking this epic trail is actually the equivalent of climbing Mount Everest four times, so you should only be in good physical shape and well prepared to start the trail.

Start/End: Minehead, Somerset - Poole Harbor, Dorset Distance: 1014 km Further information: southwestcoastpath. rg. k

Tateyama-Kamikochi, Japan

Summer is on its way, which means it's time to think about its pastime. And if you have children, this is not a reason to give up your favorite habits and entertainment. For example, with children, you can easily go to the approach. One has only to get acquainted in advance with the information on how to properly prepare for a hike with a child.

What needs to be thought out?

When planning a trip with a child, parents need to consider a few things:

  • Determine the degree of endurance of your child. Also consider your baby's interests and abilities. The first hikes, especially if your little one is not yet particularly an adult, should be short and not exceed two hours of walks. For a hike, it is necessary to calculate in advance the number and places of the passes, when the child will be able not only to relax, but also to explore the area.
  • The choice of the end point of the hike is also an important planning detail. It will depend on the place where you go with your child whether he gets an unforgettable experience from the walk. With adult children, you can go to little-known places, but with a baby, you go to proven territories. In addition, if you intend to lead the baby in a stroller, then the paths of passage should be smooth and not thorny.

Going on a hike with your baby: what to take and how to prepare

Young people are very fond of going on camping trips, especially when they are not burdened with caring for children. But with the advent of babies, young parents begin to deny themselves a lot, including tourism, which turns out to be a completely vain sacrifice. The hike will be very useful for the child.

The kid will be pleased to communicate with the surrounding nature, moreover, it will contribute to his overall development. While discovering this wonderful world, a child's eyes will always find something interesting and informative. A trip with children is necessary, because it brings children and parents closer together. The main thing is that you need to carefully prepare before the trip, take into account all the details.

Walking with a baby

Going out into nature with a baby may seem like a difficult challenge, but it's worth going once - these thoughts will go away by themselves. There are practically no difficulties with children under one year old. Their diet is breast milk or formula, and there are a huge number of devices to free the parents' hands, such as kangaroos, slings, ergo backpacks. You don't even have to worry about a special sleeping bag - it can be your baby's warm overalls.

The best option for a hike with a baby is a radial hike.

That is, a base camp is set up in some tourist place, and from there, short walks to nearby attractions are already made. The kid will swim and play with great pleasure under the rays of the sun.

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