Backpacking with a Toddler Highlights
When Kyle and I first started dating, we quickly realized our mutual love of the outdoors. We had both grown up hiking, camping, and backpacking, and it didn’t take much of a discussion to determine that we were going to raise our family in the same way. When Rosalie was nearing her first birthday, we took her car camping for a couple nights. With that successful outing under out belts, the next step was backpacking. This summer, with Rosalie just turning two, we decided it was time.
There were a number of things we could have done better, but there were so many things that went really well. Bug spray didn’t make it into our packs, but Rosalie proved to us that she could hike a mile on her own! We were worried that she wouldn’t sleep well because we didn’t have room for another sleeping mat. However, Rosalie played and hiked so much that she was exhausted by bedtime and didn’t mind sharing our pushed together mats. Memories were made, and we can’t wait to do it again!
Backpacking Explorer Tips
Interested in doing this with your family? Next week we will be posting more details on how to prepared for and enjoyed our first backpack with a toddler.