Food: Bring along plenty of snacks, preferably what your kids like (you can read in my next post what snacks proved well for us). If you know that there is a picnic spot along your way, check my 12 picnic essentials to know what to pack. Kids seem a lot more interested in going for hikes if roasting sausages are in the cards.
Water: you don´t have to take gallons of water since there is drinkable water available all around Switzerland in various fountains, streams, mountain springs etc.
Spare clothes, especially T-shirt or socks (I recommend you to read my post on how to dress kids for hiking to get better idea)
Survival kit: OK, it isn’t a real survival kit, but for me, it works as if it were (read my post on 9 necessities to always carry with you)
Baby carrier: don’t be afraid to invest in a good baby carrier. We have the Manduca and I am 100% satisfied with it – I can’t even feel the weight of 10kg baby
During the hike
3. Set out early
To avoid full parking lots, set out early. You can also get interesting price reductions on cableways fees (eg at Niederhorn) and you can avoid long queues in waiting for a cableway, that does not operate too frequently (eg at Stockhorn – btw if you happened to find a way how to entertain a child for half an hour in the queue, let me know!).
4. Places of interest
5. Take a lot of breaks
There are so many things that can happen during your hike (bad weather, changing the mood of your kids, siblings quarrels), but try to keep calm and enjoy every little moment of the time spent together!
6. Talk about it