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Lisa Tantrum 

Hiking with a toddler in a hot country - should I put him in shorts or long light-weight trousers? And should we stick to short, flat walks near roads just to be safe, or has anyone been more daring than this? Any tips?

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Anonymous 
We used to hire out a back pack carrier. (Alps). And the other useful thing was my buff hat - to stop my hair being pulled!
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JKill 
Can't speak to doing this in a hot country but we found having one of those carrying rucksacks invaluable as we'd alternate him walking and riding. It got him used to doing longer and longer walks and meant that we could be a bit more adventurous where we went. He's now 5 and will quite happily do a 3-4 mile yomp. (chocolate bribes essential)
Lisa Tantrum 
Thanks, that is useful. I think the alternating is a good idea to keep his interest and save our backs! Yes, lots of people have mentioned the importance of snacks to me! Trail mix, here we come!
Anonymous 
We've hiked a lot with our kids. I'd always have a backpack but encourage them to walk if they can, if it's safe. Because they can get quite heavy and the ground might be rocky, it's good to have walking sticks for extra support. Lots of snacks and drinks. But perhaps avoid chocolate if it's hot. Watch out for sunburn. We used to put our kids in the surf vests to protect them from the sun. Cool, but with long sleeves. And a sunhat that protects the back of the neck and ears too. Sounds exciting. Where are you off to?
Anonymous 
We used to hire out a back pack carrier. (Alps). And the other useful thing was my buff hat - to stop my hair being pulled!
Anonymous 
If you are using a back pack carrier then carrying a pocket mirror is really useful so that you can keep an eye on them really easily. And a dummy clip stops you loosing toys they might want to play with while in the pack.

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