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Backpacking Gear Checklist for Moms & Babies

Updated: Feb 9



Backpacking with a baby is really just an extension of hiking with your baby. You get to stay out on the trail and that is pretty magical. I am relatively new to backpacking and really new to backpacking with a baby. So please know that you can backpack with your baby too.


I am sharing all the items that I love to bring. You do not need all of the items on my gear list by any means. I wanted to share everything that I bring and a list format to help you when packing or shopping for your next backpacking trip. Here is my backpacking gear checklist


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Hiking Pack:



I chose my pack because it has 65 L of capacity and allows me to pack all the things for my kids. I got the pack fitted at the outdoor store to ensure the fit was perfect. Comfort is a huge factor when hauling kids into camp. I love that my pack has a built in waterproof cover and plenty of extra pocket space for gear and snacks.




a mom backpacking with a baby
My Osprey Backpacking Pack

Tip: Bring along a TrailMagik carrier for carrying your children on the trail.


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Hydration


Making sure you have enough water for yourself and your kids is extremely important. Our Osprey hydration pack fits perfectly into the back of our Osprey Poco Plus and my boys learnt to drink out of it on their own at a young age.


Tip: when picking a trail, try to choose one that follows a stream or water source so you have ample amounts of water available.



Environmental Protection


By prioritizing environmental protection, you're not only ensuring the health of your family but also instilling responsible outdoor habits in the next generation of nature enthusiasts. Shielding kids from the sun's intense rays is crucial for their well-being. Equip your young adventurers with sunscreen to guard against harmful UV rays, and don't forget a wide-brimmed hat for added protection.





Navigation


Navigation devices not only make the journey more efficient but also add an extra layer of excitement for the little explorers. Plus, in the rare event of taking a wrong turn, these gadgets help us course-correct swiftly, ensuring that every backpacking trip with the family is filled with joy, discovery, and most importantly, a safe return home.



Tip: Always have a family member or friend in-the-know on where you're going and when you're expected to return to service.


Shelter


Choosing the perfect tent for family adventures involves considering key factors to ensure comfort and functionality. Begin by assessing the size of the tent, ensuring it accommodates your family comfortably with space for movement and storage. Opt for a user-friendly design that aligns with your camping experience, prioritizing easy setup and takedown. Durability is crucial, so select a tent with robust materials to withstand various weather conditions. Ventilation is key for a pleasant experience; look for tents with mesh panels or windows to promote airflow. Consider the tent's weight and packability, especially if you plan on moving frequently. Lastly, read reviews and seek recommendations to ensure the tent meets the specific needs of family camping, providing a reliable and enjoyable shelter for your outdoor escapades.


Tip: Use code KWE2024 for 15% off your purchase at Morrison Outdoors sleeping bags





Clothing


Let's talk merino wool. Equipping your family with merino wool layers for backcountry camping is a game-changer in ensuring comfort, functionality, and safety throughout your wilderness adventure. The fabric is also remarkably odour-resistant, allowing your family to stay fresh even after days in the backcountry. Merino wool's insulating properties ensure warmth in chilly evenings, while its lightweight and packable nature make it convenient for layering.


Tip: Use code 'kidswhoexplore2023' to recieve 10% off Iksplor Base Layers



Emergency Medical


Backcountry camping is all about being prepared to face any problem that may arise. Whether its bug bites, a scrape or a hole in the tent, I always make sure I am prepared by carrying all the stuff below


  • First aid kit

  • Advil

  • Blister protection

  • Benadryl

  • Afterbite

  • Emergency whistle/mirror

  • Bear Spray

  • Wipes


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  • Multi tool

  • Duct tape

  • Cord

  • Knife




Fire


Where I backcountry camp in the Canadian Rockies, fire pits typically aren't at these campgrounds but I still bring the listed items just in case of an emergency. Never start a fire outside of a dedicated fire pit or unless it is a dire emergency.


  • Lighter

  • Fire starter

  • Match kit

  • Fire starter blocks

  • Cotton balls and vaseline



Food Preparation




I hope this helps get you on the trail sooner!



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