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There are few things I enjoy as much as backpacking through the mountains. At least twice a year, I trade my complicated yet comfortable life for a simple, arduous one. And while I’m away, I’m sure to find a tranquil perspective that’s impossible to attain during my normal routine.
My children don’t fully understand backpacking. All they know is that it’s loosely related to camping. And since they LOVE camping, they’re certain they’ll love backpacking, too. And while I hope they’re right, I’ve always had my doubts. After all, backpacking is a lot of hard work, way harder than camping.
Still, they’ve been bugging me forever to take them. Luke (who’s two) and the triplets (who are five) are clearly a bit young, still, but Alli? She’s 11, and I’ve long told her this was the summer I’d take her on her inaugural excursion. And I’m happy to report that it was a complete success.
But it wouldn’t have been had I not poured so much thought into it. See, you want everything to be just right when backpacking with kids. Because the last thing you can afford is for their first time to be an unpleasant one, lest they develop a negative past association with backpacking that can’t be overcome.
Which means you gotta get tick-tock tight before you go backpacking with kids. Here’s a list that will help you do just that: