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February 2007

Family Camping: How to Pull it Off

87 tips for making your next family trip easy, fun, and comfortable

Camping with kids is all about highs and lows. One minute they’re ecstatic because they scrambled up a boulder. Then, in a flash they’re sobbing because they dropped a lollipop in the dirt. To parents, planning a family backpacking trip can be daunting. After all, it can take a day to pack for a 2-day outing. But getting into the backcountry–even a few miles off the beaten path–can lead to a whole different kind of adventure. In short: It’s hard work that’s worth the effort.

Plus, we can make it easier. Here’s our straight-talking, trail-tested advice for taking children of all ages into the wilderness.

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