Over the last few months, I’ve been exploring different types of holidays that we can take as a family, and have been pleasantly surprised to discover how family-friendly walking holidays are.
Some of the best walking holidays in Europe can be found in places I’d love to visit, like Austria, Croatia, Norway and Switzerland. I love the thought of getting to explore places off of the beaten track, away from all the touristy hubbub. But I know that if we did, we’d have to prepare for it in a very different way to what we’re used to on our family holidays.
I’ve done a fair bit of research, and it seems the success of a walking holiday is all in the preparation. So with that in mind, I’m sharing 7 tips on how to prepare for your first family walking holiday!
1. Pick your perfect walk
Not only can you choose a walking holiday by location, but by the type of experience you’d like to have. From adventure walking holidays to a family walking holiday and even island hopping. There is a walk for every type of person and experience. I love the idea of a walking holiday in the Alps or Tenerife, having seen the amazing landscape first hand on our family holiday a few years ago.
2. Make sure you have the right gear
From walking shoes to waterproofs, having the right clothes and kit for everyone can be the difference between a happy family and a miserable one. Making sure everyone is comfortable should be one of your top priorities. Because no one wants a child that wants to be carried everywhere because their feet hurt!
3. Make sure you have the essentials
Plenty of water to keep everyone hydrated, snacks to keep little (or big) ones happy between stops and a first aid kit in case you need it at any point are essentials. I always think it’s better to be prepared for any eventuality!
4. Protect yourselves from the sun
It goes without saying that suncream and sun protection are essential, particularly during the warmer months and especially for little ones. But even in the cooler months winter sun can be just as damaging so it’s a good idea to make sure you’re protecting yourselves, especially at high altitudes.
5. Don’t carry more than you can manage
Less is more when it comes to a walking holiday. When it comes to the day to day, you should only pack what you absolutely need and can carry. Balance the essentials with things you’d like to take so that you can enjoy your walk as much as possible. Because a backpack that feels light at the start of a walk can end up feeling like a sack of rocks 25 miles down the road.
6. Think about entertainment
Whilst children will probably enjoy observing everything around them there will probably be moments when a game or two may come in handy. Making sure you have some fun games (and maybe even songs) up your sleeve for the road is a good idea on a walking holiday.
7. Don’t forget your camera
As much as I believe that we hold our memories in our mind, I love nothing more than capturing a good photo. A camera, Go Pro or smartphone is an absolute must on a walking holiday. To make it even more special give children their own little cameras so that they can capture the things they see and experience along the way too!
As they say, its all in the planning and preparation and that can’t be truer than it is for a walking holiday.
Have you been on a walking holiday before or are you considering one? If so, what would you add to this list?
Disclaimer; this is a collaborative post, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.