How do you do it? How do you get your tyke excited about hitting the trail with you…wandering into nature for fresh air, no television, no computers and the sounds of wildlife?
Here’s an idea! Buy them their own gear that they will be excited to use. It can be as simple as their own water bottle, backpack, camera, binoculars, hiking journal or anything else you know your tyke would love to use.
We, thank goodness, don’t have to entice or excite J-Man to hike, not yet and I hope never. He comes home after school asking to go hiking and camping.
Since J-Man loves to hike we thought it would be great for him to start wearing his own backpack. Ya know, relieve some of the weight from Mom and Dad. So, Santa brought him the Deuter Junior Backpack and he LOVES it.
For our first hike with the backpack, J-Man insisted on packing his own snacks and hiking ‘essentials’, aka toys. The backpack is easy for him to zip and unzip on his own and buckle and unbuckle without any help. It’s perfect. He can feel proud and have a sense of independence by doing it all himself. J-Man made sure that he filled the outside pocket and the main portion of the pack with his goodies.
He was packing at lightning speed, so it was impossible to get a sharp picture.
We hit the trail in Arches National Park along the Park Avenue Trail. J-Man wore the backpack the entire time. There were, of course, the occasional stops to get his own snacks and to play with some of the toys he brought along. There are two water bottle holders on each side of the pack for easy access, the sternum strap helps keep the pack in place and the nice padding makes it comfortable against your tykes back.
Thank you Santa for providing J-Man with a great backpack of his own, the Deuter Junior Backpack. The only thing I wish it had was a sleeve for a hydration pouch. J-Man doesn’t use water bottles, so the hydration pouch had to go in the main compartment of the backpack. Just a minor detail.
Does your tyke wear a backpack while hiking? If so, which one is their favorite?
Deuter kindly provided this backpack for this review. All the opinions expressed are my own. Affiliate links are provided in the review to help us continue to bring out the adventurers in all of us and most importantly our tykes.