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.