OK BUT.. WHAT SHOULD I TAKE?
BACKPACK AND ESSENTIAL ITEMS
- 10-L to 20-L backpack (depending on build, length, weather)
- Snack + numerous small snacks (cereal bars, biscuits, dried fruit, etc.)
- Water bladder in addition to a flask: fun, it will make them want to drink without having to stop
- Tissues / toilet paper
Bonus: A small knife if your child is quite big
- Light and resistant trousers - tip: there are trousers which can be turned into shorts
- A comfortable and breathable t-shirt
- Hat with a wide rim or cap with neck protector
- Grade 3 or 4 sunglasses (check that they are suited to their face) - discover how to choose children's sunglasses here
- Light fleece (nobody is protected from a sudden change in weather)
- Light waterproof jacket or 3-in-1 to go from a warm jacket to a light jacket via two zips (the weather in the mountains can change quickly)
- Good shoes: soles with good crampons, ideally with good ankle support and favour laces over Velcro as they offer more accurate adjustment. (if required, bring spare laces). We have developed a Cross Contact sole to better grip different kinds of terrain.
The added extra: Kit them out in clothes that dry quickly, children will not hesitate to splash around, but afterwards they risk cooling down very quickly
- Headlamp: in case of something unexpected
- Survival blanket
- Mini first aid kit (at the least some plasters in the event of blisters)
- Factor 50+ sunscreen
- Map + compass
Important: a mobile that has been charged beforehand with the emergency services contact details saved on it and possibly knitted or written on the top of your backpack.
A precaution to take: before leaving, put the route that you are going to take in your pockets and the time that you think you will be back.