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Children on day hikes will need clothing suited to the environment, such as a brimmed hat, sunglasses and sturdy shoes for the desert. Kieran Bignell at Vasquez Rocks County Park, Calif. (April 2011).

Just about anything can interest a kid on a hiking trail - like the plumes made by kicking sand. Kieran Bignell at El Mirage Dry Lake Bed, Calif. (Oct. 2010).

Be wary of allowing children to run too far ahead on a day hike. To avoid getting lost or injured, they always should be in eyesight. Kieran Bignell on Pacific Crest Trail near Wrightwood, Calif. (Sept. 2010).

A good first-aid kit is one of the essentials of a day hike. A homemade kit can be assembled from common items found in most medicine cabinets.

"Hikes with Tykes" author Rob Bignell with his son Kieran atop the Vetter Mountain Lookout Tower, Angeles National Forest, Calif. (Aug. 2009).

Book cover, "Hikes with Tykes: A Practical Guide to Day Hiking with Kids"

Book cover, "HIkes with Tykes: Games and Activities"

Book covers for "Hikes with Tykes: A Practical Guide to Day Hiking with Kids" (left) and "Hikes with Tykes: Games and Activities" (right)

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