Wednesday, 16 June 2010
How to Resolve Kids Hiking Problem - Mosquitoes
It is great to take your kids hiking on your favourite hikes and show them why you love the pastime so much. However there are a number of problems when you take kids hiking which you need to tackle a different way to adults. One of these problems is mosquitoes.
During your hike you need to make sure your kids are fully protected by mosquito spray. I know I cannot trust my kids to put on the spray correctly so I always do this myself. So get them to stand still in their kids hiking gear, with their feet nicely apart and their arms stretched out to their sides.
Get them to close their eyes, hold the spray about 12 inches from their bodies and spray all over - hands, arms and torso. Legs and feet are particularly important as this detracts the other bugs from the ground. Next you need to protect their necks and ears. To do this get your kids to put their hands out and spray into their cupped hands. Then ask them to rub behind the ears and neck. You have now given the best mosquito protection for kids hiking during the day. Of course do not forget to spray yourselves as well.
Once your hiking day is completed and you are ready for camp you will need to ensure you are all protected during the night by a mosquito net. This is important for all of the team but especially for kids hiking. There are many types of net you can buy however I always use a Dome or Self supporting net as I find these the best for camping. In addition you need to consider the mesh size which will depend on the where you are hiking and the mosquitoes in the area.
So indeed it is great to take your kids hiking but please ensure they are protected day and night from mosquitoes.
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