The Today Show’s Travel section has a new article out about backpacking with kids. It’s talks about how to inspire nature loving in your kids, how to start camping or backpacking, and things to bring along.Here’s a great piece of advice from the article: “Make sure the trip includes a river, creek, lake or wilderness beach…water has never failed to entertain kids endlessly.” That’s so true!
My family wasn’t a camping family, and though I’ve done several “car camping” trips since joining the staff here, I had never gone backpacking until I co-led last year’s Women’s Backpacking trip. I had absolutely no idea of what to expect. Beforehand I was nervous, excited, nervous, curious, nervous…and everything in between. After 8 days in the John Muir Wilderness I was blown away by how – with thorough preparation and a supportive group – beautiful, fun, inspiring and restorative the week was.
The Today Show article lists resources for figuring out where and how to hike and backpack with kids. We’d add another two suggestions to the list:
- Try basecamp backpacking. You spend one day on a longer hike into a remote area, but then can settle in for a few days. Explore an area in depth, really get your kids comfortable, and make yourselves an outdoors home!
- Go with other families! This way you spread out the gear more, improve the adult to kid ratio, give yourselves more support and up the fun. Or join an excursion like the Camp Stevens annual Adult and Family Backpacking Trip.
Mostly, just get out there!