Family Backpacking 101- Everything You Need to Know to Start Backpacking

Family Backpacking 101Family backpacking is my absolutely favorite way to travel and explore and I find the places that we have camped overnight are the destinations I hold the most memorable and special. Call me sentimental, but there is something about being immersed in a location throughout the rising and setting sun that allows me to better understand my place in the world. The first time I went on a backpacking trip, I was a young teenager attending summer camp in North Carolina.  A local man, who was an avid hiker, took a group of us for an overnight on the Appalachian Trail.  Having never backpacked before, I had no idea of what to expect, but after that trip I was hooked. I will be forever grateful to him for introducing me to what is now an integral part of my life. If you’ve never taken a wilderness backpacking trip before, figuring out all of the logistics can be intimidating but it doesn’t need to be. With a little organization, planning an outdoors backpacking adventure for your family is simple and the memories you will make will last a lifetime.  The following links will cover the basics for planning a family backpacking trip and I hope you will find exploring this way as special as I do.  Happy Travels!

Family Backpacking 101- Everything You Need to Get Out There!

Seven Reasons to Take Your Kids Backpacking

What to Pack When Backpacking with Free Printable Backpacking Gear List

Basic Camping Gear




Cooking and What to Eat


Sleeping Bags

Sleeping Pads

Camp Bathroom:  How to “go”

Clean Water

Frequently Used Essential Items

Dehydrating Food to Take Backpacking

Is there anything you always take backpacking that I left out?  I’d love to hear about it!

Happy Travels!



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