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I love to plan family travel adventures with our four kids. Encouraging time in nature, National Parks travel, backpacking and hiking are my passions and I love to write about them.


  • I also meant to say THANK YOU for taking the time to write all these posts about family backpacking. It’s been really interesting to read each one, and inspiring! I love your blog and can’t wait to read about this summer’s adventures. I also have the goal of visiting all of the national parks with my family, and would love to camp in each one, starting with Acadia (next week! Researching it was how I found your blog a while back!) and either Yellowstone or Zion next year. Someday we’ll backpack, but my youngest so far is 2 right now, so it’s a bit daunting to think about. How old were your kids when you started? (I think I asked this question on another post but forgot to “subscribe” and can’t find it now.)

    • You are so welcome! I hope you have a wonderful time in Acadia! It is such a magical place. Our youngest were 7 when we first backpacked any real distance. We did take a couple of trips where we hiked a mile or two in when they were younger, but not long hikes. Before that we car camped quite a bit. Have fun planning your adventures!

  • Great idea to assign these a place even if they don’t “belong” together! So, obviously this all adds up to a lot of stuff with six people– multiple tents, sleeping bags and pads, cooking gear, food, hygiene, safety, clothing… how do you keep track of where each stuff sack is? Does each family member always carry the same stuff on every hike?

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