But of course that didn't stop me. At first it was just random camping and then I started backpacking. That's when things got really interesting. How was I going to carry all of this on my back? I soon realized that things needed to change. It wasn't about comfort but more about necessity.
So what does one adult aka "sherpamom" brings along on these trips?
Backpack: I have been using my Mountain Hardwear Women's Ozonic 58 Outdry Backpack and my girl like both her Deuter packs but has been using my Mountain Hardwear Scrambler 30 Outdry Backpack quite a bit lately. She usually doesnt carry more then 6-7 lbs into the bag.
Sleeping pad: We both have been using the MEC Reactor 3.8 Sleeping pad and despite having to extra fill it by mouth we have been really satisfied by the product.
Sleeping Bags: I have been using the MEC Aquilina Sleeping bag 0c and my daughter still loves her MEC Explorer down bag 0c. We usually aren't cold, they are very comfortable and pack fairly decent.
Tent: My tent of choice is heavy, I have the Mountain Hardwear Trango and that is because we often use it in the winter or in the snow. I would recommend any lighter tent if you do not have an extra adults to carry the weight.
Down Jackets: These are very useful in the evening once the sun is down or on a cool day. My favourite is my Women's Ghost Whisperer Down Jacket. My daughter likes her Northface down sweater.
Shell/Jackets: I love and I repeat LOVE my Dry.Q Elite Women's Quasar Lite Jacket, I seriously cannot get enough of it! It is amazing in windy, rainy or even sunny situations. It is the first thing in my pack! My girl will usually bring a Northface shell as well as a fleece.
Tops/Bottoms: We both like to wear leggings and usually bring one pair each as well as a Long sleeve top. I have the Mountain Hardwear Women's Wicked Long Sleeve Zip T and my daughter has long sleeve underlayer sweater that she loves.
Others: 2 pairs of socks each (smartwool) and underwear (And this is the one piece that I cannot find something I truly like). Winter hats, gloves, gaiters, sunglasses and a summer hat.
Food sack: Stove (I use the MSR pocket rocket and MSR Trail lite duo system cookset system and absolutely love it!)
As for food, I started dehydrating all my backpacking food and I am very satisfied with it. Its a learning curve but it will pay off, and it is very addictive to make your own and FUN!
One day of food per person looks somewhat like this
- Breakfast: 2 oatmeal pouches and we add Dried fruits and nuts
- Lunch: Soup, Beef Jerky, cheese and crackers.
- Dinner: 1 Dehydrated meal and dark chocolate
- Snacks: Dried fruits, Nuts, veggies, Bars, Nuun tablets, Honey stinger, Dark chocolate
- Beverage: Juice, nuun tablets, coffee, tea and WINE!
On self: Bearspray (I carry one and she does also have one on her pack), Knife and InReach communication system.
I am lucky that my girl does appreciate playing with nature over bringing toys and all she ever brings is one small stuffed animal (I tell you, these stuffed animals get quite the ride!)
My bag is heavy but for the safety of my girl I would never dare to carry less. Safety First!
If you do choose to take one, two or many more kids backpacking, just remember that there will be some stressful moments, that it might not go as planned, but most importantly is to...Have fun!
Want more? Here is Part 2 "What's in our backpack (in pictures)"