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Backpacker Magazine – Online Exclusive

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Gear Hall of Fame: Kids' Gear

Want to get your kids to love the outdoors? Outfit 'em the right way.


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.

—Kristin



Jib

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.

 




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READERS COMMENTS

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Ash
Jul 20, 2014

How on earth are you going to backpack with a 3 year old strapped to your back in a carrier with a 18L compartment? I guess this is were "goatpacking" comes in handy.

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LawRenz
Jul 15, 2014

Very cool! I'm wealthy with unlimited resources and it is always good to find new ways to spend buckets of cash that I don't need.
Thanks BPM, but I wish I could find more expensive gear.

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marktapo
Jun 30, 2014

Very nice. i will buy it now.
http://www.kizi2.com | http://www.yepi250.com | http://www.friv2game.org

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