Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Brands

Beginner Skills

Trip Doctor: Making Junior's First Backpacking Trip a Success

Any suggestions for making my 5-year-old's first backpacking trip a success?

Get full access to Outside Learn, our online education hub featuring in-depth fitness, nutrition, and adventure courses and more than 2,000 instructional videos when you sign up for Outside+ Sign up for Outside+ today.

JUST LIKE THE COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS, anticipation is half the fun, says Scott Graham, author of Extreme Kids. Let a child choose special trail snacks (chocolate, jerky, cheese sticks, or other treats). Get him a small daypack; hauling some of his own stuff will make him feel important. And remember this formula: Low miles (three per day) + light packs (five pounds) + a campsite with a creek or lake = happy kids.

MORE TRIP DOCTOR

Trip Doctor Which national park has the best bus system?

Trip Doctor: How can I theft-proof my vehicle at the trailhead?

Trip Doctor: Can I get married in a national park?

Trip Doctor How can I comparison-shop for a guided trek in Alaska?

Trip Doctor: How Can I Get My Spouse to Go Hiking with Me?