Ask Me: How Old Were Your Kids When You Started Taking Big Trips?

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Hi Michael,

We have a newly turned six-year old, a three-and-a-half-year-old, and I’m expecting! How old were your kids when you started doing “big” trips with them? By big I mean hiking and camping for multiple nights, etc.

Huntsville, AL

Hi Sara,

I love this question.

Since my kids were born, I’ve been a big believer in making outdoor activity just a normal part of our lifestyle for them. I’ve also been a big believer in the idea that, while I knew doing anything with little kids was always going to be a lot of work, we should make it as enjoyable and as easy as possible for all of us by doing trips that were feasible for their ages.

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2 Responses to Ask Me: How Old Were Your Kids When You Started Taking Big Trips?

  1. Shelley   |  October 20, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    4 of my 5 were on multi day backcountry canoe trips as infants. We go on at least one major trip a year. It’s a lot of work and you have to make adjustments/allowances, but it is doable and totally worth the effort! Michael’s suggestions about when to carry their own packs, add weight, etc. is right in line with what I’ve experienced with our kids.

  2. Phineas Anderson   |  September 29, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    Ditto on starting early with camping, road trips, etc. Many VW camper trips. including across country. Took the boys out of school when they were 11 and 13 and backpacked the world for a year, including a 240 mile hike to Everest (up Kala Pattar). Hiking, camping, travel still a big part of their lives and their children……

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