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Gear Hall of Fame: Kids' Gear
Here's the recipe for nurturing an outdoor-loving kid: First, share your passion for nature every chance you get. Talk about all your amazing trips, tell them how much fun you had, how hard you worked, how much you loved it. Second, expose them to as many tent nights, as many beautiful places, as many grand adventures as you possibly can. Third, outfit them with the right gear, so that they're comfortable, warm, dry, safe, and happy. To that end, we've polled the parents on our staff for their all-time favorite kid-tested, parent-approved items.
Oh yeah, and don't forget the all-important rule number four: pack Skittles.
Osprey Jib 35
It's never too early to have your kid start wearing a pack. Little ones can carry snacks, water, and a couple favorite toys. Older kids can handle their clothes and sleeping gear. Either way, start them off with a real pack, like this one from the excellent Osprey Sprint series.