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Ask Me: First Backpacking Trip With a Toddler

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Morning Mike,

I saw some of your pictures in High Country News attached to an article about getting kids out with you nice and early. I am really hoping to do some backpacking and camping with Luke this summer (he’s 15 months now) and thought you would be a perfect person to go to for advice on how to get started. For starters… what do you do about diapers, just pack them out? I am sure there are some tricks of the trade–or maybe I am just desperately hoping for ingenious tips from a veteran. I am thinking about a 4-day trip into the Bighorn Crags (in Idaho’s Frank Church–River of No Return Wilderness) in August and should probably do a few warm up trips before that.

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5 Responses to Ask Me: First Backpacking Trip With a Toddler

  1. Melissa   |  July 16, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Our daughter is currently 5 months old. We are starting on day hikes with our Osprey Poco Childcarrier. My husband and I are new to the idea of overnight hikes but are eager for the challenge. We use cloth diapers, and I never would have thought of letting them dry to make them lighter. Thank you for the great insight, and I look forward to reading more.

    • MichaelALanza   |  July 16, 2013 at 12:39 pm

      Good luck on your family adventures, Melissa.

  2. Melissa Avery (@melissabravery)   |  May 3, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    I was running into this problem as well with diapers, my daughter is 19 months old and she’s starting to potty train but still wears diapers most of the day. I was just going to take a kitchen trash bag and carry it out but we lucked out and the hike-in camp at Point Reyes National Seashore has garbage bins. We are going next week!

    I totally agree with Michael Lanza about minimizing the days and setting up base camp with day hikes. I can’t imagine setting up camp and breaking down camp everyday with my two toddlers running around! I’m planning on still minimizing diapers because my daughter is starting to potty train and 50% of the time knows when nature is calling!

  3. Stefanie   |  May 1, 2013 at 9:51 am

    We’re really enjoying your blog posts since we share in your philosophy about getting outside with the kids. Kudos to you and your lovely family!

    • MichaelALanza   |  May 1, 2013 at 10:26 am

      Thanks Stefanie.

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