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How to Hike With Children : Hiking With Kids: Poison Ivy, Berries & Plants

One thing that I strongly suggest before you
go hiking with your kids is that you do your research and familiarize yourself with what
poison oak and poison ivy look like. There is plenty of it out there on many, many hiking
trails, and you don’t want to get stuck with a little souvenir that lasts for very long
after your little hiking trip. Be sure that you stay completely away from it, that you
learn how to spot it. Also, once again, the knee-high socks, the long pants, that’s going
to help you avoid brushing up against it and being infected with it. But it always helps
to just know what it looks like so that you can sort of deviate and bring your children
around an area where there might be some poison ivy or poison oak. The other thing that I
caution strongly against is letting your children pick any sort of berries or any sort of plants
and put them into their mouths. There are many, many different plants that are poisonous
and berries that are poisonous and mushrooms. And unless you’re an expert in this field,
then you’re not going to know what is okay to eat and what is not okay to eat. So even
if it looks like it’s okay, even if you think you know what it is, my advice is don’t do
it. You don’t want to get stuck out in the middle of nowhere, poisoned by some sort of
berry or fruit or anything that you found along the way. And make sure that your children
understand this and that they’re not popping anything into their mouths if you turn away
for a minute. Those are some tips to stay safe on the trail.

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