5 Things You Need For a Fun Morning Hike

by Alli

5 Things You Need For a Fun Morning Hike is written by me on behalf of Nature Valley. All opinions are entirely my own. This shop has been compensated by Acorn Influence, Inc. and its advertiser.

During the summer months, I love to take long walks on the beach. There’s just something about hearing the waves crash and having my feet in the sand that compels me to walk for miles.

Once fall arrives, it’s all about long hikes in the surrounding woods. On a brisk, cool fall morning, my daughter and I love to explore the trails around our house with the kids. There’s also a preserve nearby that has the most amazing trails.

Fun Morning Hike

I’m not an all-day hiker yet. Maybe someday!  Whenever we prepare for a morning hike, we make sure we pack the essentials we need for hiking. You don’t need as much gear as you would if you’re camping or planning a day hike.

5 Essentials for a Fun Morning Hike


For me, part of hiking is stopping and enjoying my surroundings. We always try to find a beautiful spot to enjoy a snack. It’s fun (and needful) to take a break and refuel for the remaining part of the hike.


Our favorite snack is Nature Valley™ Peak Edition Peanut Butter Chocolate Granola Cups. Since peanut butter and chocolate are a match made in heaven, this is the perfect snack for me! Plus, they come 2 to a pouch and there are 5 pouches in each box. Talk about convenient! This is definitely the way to refuel for the rest of our hike.

Fun Morning Hike


While I’m in Walmart stocking up on my favorite snack, I also stock up on water. It’s important to stay hydrated while hiking.

Drinking Water - Fun Morning Hike

We always drink water before, during and after our hike.

Fun Morning Hike

Appropriate Footwear

If you plan on taking a fun morning hike, invest in a good pair of hiking shoes. You don’t want blisters! The good news is that hiking shoes come in all different styles and colors. Some of them even look like regular walking shoes.

Fun Morning Hike

Helpful Hint: Shop for shoes towards the end of the day to get a perfect fit. Your feet are naturally larger at the end of the day.


This is a given! I never go hiking/walking without slathering on the sunscreen first. Plus, I always wear a lip balm with added sun protection.

Everything fits perfectly into my backpack, including snacks, sunscreen, and water.

Packing Snacks - Fun Morning Hike


You’ll never catch me outdoors without sunglasses. It’s important to block those UV rays. Also, sunglasses keep those crows feet wrinkles at bay and I’m all about keeping wrinkles away!

Fun Morning Hike - Sunglasses

We had a blast on our hike this morning! If you’re planning a fun morning hike, you’ll need a lightweight backpack to hold your snack, water, and extra sunscreen.

Fun Morning Walk

Do you enjoy hiking?



robin rue October 23, 2017 - 5:55 am

Oh yes, we love hiking. We have a lot of state parks around where we live, so we like to get out there and explore everything. Snacks and drinks are a must for us.

candy October 23, 2017 - 8:13 am

Seems like whenever we are out in nature we are always that much hungrier. Having some good and healthy snacks and water on hand is a must for our family.

Amber Myers October 23, 2017 - 8:17 am

Fun! I don’t think I’ve ever been hiking before. I’ve been walking, of course, but I don’t think I’ve actually hiked. Maybe one day I’ll try it with the kids.

Jenn @ EngineerMommy October 23, 2017 - 8:47 am

We occasionally go hiking in a local park near our house. It is a lot of fun and the kids really enjoy it. I love these granola cups. They look so delicious – I’ll look for them at the store.

Jeanettte October 23, 2017 - 10:14 am

We have not gone hiking in quite a while and I live in an area where there are lots of mountains. This is a great reminder to get my butt out there and exercise more. It looks like your kids loved it and there’s granola cups are perfect for hiking.

Lisa October 23, 2017 - 3:30 pm

This is definitely the time of year when it is ideal to get outside and hike. We haven’t been on one in awhile, I’ll have to change that.

Kita Bryant October 23, 2017 - 4:59 pm

Of course I need my water. That makes me feel like I have so much energy.

Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh October 23, 2017 - 5:41 pm

I’ve never been on a morning hike, but your list are the essentials I’d want anytime of the day. Those granola cups are so delicious! I have some right now in my pantry.

Liz Mays October 23, 2017 - 6:11 pm

Bringing along some tasty snacks was a really good idea. I need to take more little hikes, especially now that the leaves are so pretty.

anosa October 24, 2017 - 3:21 pm

I really want to go hiking, I just need to sort myself out with some nice gear! the snacks look so yummy.

Melanie Walsh October 24, 2017 - 3:41 pm

The kids are getting better about hiking without complaining. Have a great plan, some fun activities to do while hiking, and a yummy snack help. You can’t go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate.

Our Family World October 24, 2017 - 7:55 pm

Hiking is a great way to get some exercise, and enjoy fresh air and sunshine as well. I loved hiking when I was younger, but since we moved in the city, the only time I could do this is when we go on a road trip out of the city. Thanks for the tips!

Annemarie LeBlanc October 24, 2017 - 8:16 pm

Sunscreen and snacks. Can’t leave the house without those! I love to hike. Being outdoors, enjoying nature and getting some exercise works well to keep me fit.

Sandy N Vyjay October 25, 2017 - 1:17 am

Absolutely love early morning hikes. Your list of essentials is so important. Especially the snacks. Getting up early and hiking is sure to set stomachs rumbling and having snacks handy is imperative.

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