5 Must-Have Items When Hiking with Toddlers

“Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


Ralph (we’re on a first name basis) encapsulates so much of my life as an adult through his words, but more importantly on the experiences I establish for my kids. We, as humans, have this inherent need to be outside coursing through our veins. This is particularly true when it comes to my kids. The sentiment of “stay wild my child” appropriately fits the mold of my boys. When we have the opportunity to be in nature, we seize it!


You’ll often find us at a local park or hiking through a trail. While my kids LOVE to be outside, we have to be prepared for the storm that is a {TODDLER}. It can hit at any moment and rain on our outdoor parade. Being equipped to tackle the beast of their emotions can keep one’s time in nature a harmonious experience.


I’ve learned from experience, as most parents do, on what I need to take to keep my kids moving and grooving when enjoying the work of Mother Earth. Here are the 5 must-have items you need when hiking with a toddler.


  1. Hello Bello Organic Bug Spray – How many times do I hear “there’s a bug on me!” “Help! It’s eating me!” “I don’t like squitos!” or my favorite “EWWWWW!” With two gingers, their skin is super sensitive, and it has been an actual journey to find a safe and effective bug spray that’s not going to destroy their skin. The Hello Bello Organic Bug Spray is 100% USDA Certified Organic, hypoallergenic, non-irritating, and lab-tested to repel mosquitoes, flies, ticks, and more. I feel comfortable using this on my kids and they have a more pleasant experience exploring the beauty of nature. This helps cut out the toddler drama (parents, you know what I’m talking about).


  1. Squeasy Gear Squeasy Snacker – My boys LOVE water! Keeping them hydrated is not only important while outdoors, but it keeps them happy and satisfied. We actually use Squeasy Snacker, the silicone pouch, to keep the kids water cool. It’s easy to store in our backpack, clip to our belts, or carry around in the woods. It’s such a versatile product – water, apple sauce, yogurt, etc. you can take your favorite snack and drink with you wherever you go!


  1. My Super Cookies – In our house snack time is 24/7. What’s the saying? “They’ll eat you out of house and home.” My boys already eat us out of house and home and they are only 2 and 4!! With this said, they obviously want a snack (or two) while we are hiking or on the nature trail. My Super Cookies organic whole grain cookies are the perfect go-to snack for the boys. Like I mentioned, they are whole grain as well as 100% nut free and made with coconut oil and chia seeds. It’s a healthy options and gives them the boost of energy they need.


  1. Bumkins Reusable Snack Bags – As you may or may not know about me, I am pretty big on sustainability and living an environmentally conscious life. Bumkins Reusable Snack bags are perfect for storing, well of course snacks, but also first aid needs, IDs and cash, as well as lollipops! You may be asking – “why lollipops?” Well, here’s the thing; lollipops keep my kids focused and on task. I do not need them wandering all over God’s green earth. It also gives them a sugar boost to keep their energy up and going. For myself, I constantly need to be doing something on top of the thing I am already doing, and unfortunately for my children, they are the same. Lollipops are my trick to keep the experience a happy one.


  1. Crckt Backpack – When we hike or explore a local trail, we always use our Crckt blue and green camo frog backpack. Yes, it stores all of our exploration necessities, but it’s also a fun distraction for the kids. If my husband and I are wearing it, the kids know to keep their eye on the frogs. If my oldest wants to wear it, which he often does, it helps us keep an eye on him (he’s my wanderer…but he gets it legally from me). It’s important to keep all of your necessities in one place, and we have found this backpack is the perfect option for our family on so many levels.


Of course there are more items to consider when going on a hike, but these are the 5 I make sure are on person at all times. What would you add to your must-have item list for hiking? Let me know in the comments below.


“I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.” – Henry David Thoreau


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