Backcountry Camping with Kids - Gear list
Kids Who Explore has put together a printable gear list with all you need to know about packing for backcountry camping with kids. From campsite essentials, to clothing and footwear, kitchenware and meal planning, we have put together the ultimate backcountry gear list to make sure your camping trips go smoothly from start to finish. Scroll below to download our Backcountry Camping with Kids Gear List.
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The 10 Essentials
“What are the 10 essentials?”
The 10 essentials are 10 items you should never leave your house without when you’re heading out on an adventure – with or without kids. These are items you can use incase of an emergency and can increase your survival rate. Although this is never something you want to think would happen, when we are adventuring, we must make sure we are prepared for any situation that may occur.
These are the 10 essential items:
Finding the perfect backpack can be a game of trial and error, and there are many things you must take into consideration. Especially when backcountry camping with kids, you have to take things into consideration like the extra gear you’ll be carrying, if you’ll be needing to carry your children in a carrier, etc. MEC has put together a comprehensive guide, which you can read by clicking here, on how to pick the perfect pack and fit. Here is a YouTube video they’ve shared, as well:
- Women’s Osprey Ariel 65
- Women’s Osprey Renn 50 or 65
- Women’s Gregory Jade 63
- Men’s Gregory Katmai 65
- Kids REI Tarn 12 or 18
- MEC Mountain Fountain JR Hydration Pack
- Osprey Poco Plus — Click here to read our Osprey Poco Plus Review
- Deuter Kid Comfort Carrier
- Thule Sapling Child Carrier — Click here to read our review on the Thule Sapling Carrier
- TrailMagik Kid Carrier — Use code ‘KIDSWHOEXPLORE’ to recieve 10% off your TrailMagik purchase
Finding a lightweight tent for backcountry camping trips with kids is incredibly important, as this is where a lot of your weight will come from, besides food! Some tents that were suggested by families within the Kids Who Explore community were:
Sleeping Bags, Pads & Pillows
There are 2 different types of materials you can choose from when deciding what sleeping bag or pillow to get. You can choose between Down Material or Synthetic Material. Down is typically lighter, but is meant to keep you warmer. Synthetic is heavier, but can withstand getting wet. Always keep in mind about not getting Down materials wet as they take a lot longer to dry than Synthetic, which can consume lots of body heat.
- Morrison Outdoors Sleeping Bags – Use Code ‘kidswhoexplore’ to receive 10% off your sleeping bags for the whole family at morrisonoutdoors.com
- Sierra Designs Backcountry Bed 20 Duo
- Zenbivy Double Light Bed 25
- Marmot Women’s Trestles Eco 20 Sleeping Bag
- Marmot Mens Ollan 20 Sleeping Bag
Dependant on what age your taking your children into the backcountry, you might want to invest in a closed-cell sleeping pad over an air-filled sleeping pad. Closed-cell pads are firmer pad and is a great safe sleep practice at younger ages. Here are a few different suggestions for both closed-call and air-filled sleeping pads:
- Klymit Double V Sleeping Pad
- NEMO Roamer Double Sleeping Pad
- Exped DeepSleep Mat 7.5 Duo
- TurnWay Self Inflating Sleeping Pad
- MEC Reactor 10 Double Sleeping Pad
Another thing you’ll also come across is R-value. R-value measures the pads ability to resist heat loss through the ground. The higher the R-value, the warmer your sleep system will be.
Getting boiled water, fast, is one of our main priorities when hiking in the backcountry. Between MSR, Jetboil, Primus and other brands, there are so many amazing options for camp cooking. We’ve tested the Jetboil MightyMo and the MSR Pocket Rocket stove, and have to say that we are huge fans of Jetboil. We find their fuel canisters last a long time, and we always have boiling water in 2 minutes or less, even on chilly nights!
Tip to preserve fuel: Don’t turn your stove on fuel blast, and always have your pot on the flame. Turn the fuel level up gradually after igniting your stove, and always boil your water prior to adding your food.
What pot set you need all depends on what you’re bringing for meals, and how you plan to eat them. Because you’re going as a family, you’ll want to bring something that allows you to split meals evenly – so something that includes bowls/plates etc. Here are a few backcountry pot sets that we have either tried ourselves, or have been suggested by the Kids Who Explore community:
There are a few things to take into consideration when choosing a water filtration system for backcountry camping like the weight, size and filtration time. The more people in your party, the larger/faster you’ll want your water filter to be. Nothing is worse than having to wait a long time for your water to filter, especially if you have some hungry hikers and depend on water for your food source. Here are some water filters that have been suggested by the Kids Who Explore community:
- Platypus GravityWorks Filter 4L
- Platypus QuickDraw Straw + 1L Reservoir
- HydroBlu Go Flow Gravity Filter
- MSR AutoFlow XL Gravity Filter – 10L
Eco-friendly items you should pack
We are beyond grateful for every adventure we go on, and want to continue to give back to our earth while doing said adventures. Using products that are biodegradable are incredibly important for the ecosystem your adventuring in, and the animals that call it home. We do our best to use eco-friendly, sustainable products when in the outdoors, and encourage you to do the same. Here are the products that we use to ensure we are doing our part in the outdoors to preserve it for generations to come:
Other additional backpacking items
Here are other items that we make sure to always pack, or have been suggested by our community members to never leave behind:
Thank-you for taking the time to read our blog on Backcountry Camping Gear for families. We hope you have the best time backcountry camping, and can’t wait to see your adventures. Don’t forget to tag us on instagram @kidswhoexplore so we can see where you explore next.
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