15 Best Hiking Backpacks for Kids, Toddlers, and Teens | 2021

You may be asking, do my kids really need hiking backpacks? The truth is they don’t…if you don’t mind carrying all of their water, food, and gear.  Let’s do some math! I have four kids with a combined weight of 232 lbs. According to the experts at REI, hiking backpacks should weigh between 10% and 20% of a hiker’s body weight. No backpacks for the kiddos means I’ll end up carrying an extra 23.2 lbs and a max of 46.4 lbs!  My knees can’t take another 46.4 lbs. 😬😨   So … Read more

Solo Stove Lite Review | Best Wood-Burning Backpacking Stove?

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If you love to backpack and want an efficient way to cook without the hassle of fuel canisters, you’ll LOVE the Solo Stove Lite. Yes, it’s true. Fuel canister stoves are faster.  And it’s also true that some canister stoves are smaller.  So does the Solo Stove Lite still deserve a place in your backpack? Is it really worth it? You might be surprised at what this little wood-burning stove is capable of…I KNOW I was! So I want to share my first-hand experience with the Solo Stove Lite. And … Read more

9 Best Kids Hiking Boots and Shoes | Footwear That Can Take a Beating

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Who better to ask about the best kids hiking boots than “The Beast” herself.  Well, since “The Beast” is just shy of her 6th birthday, I had to go ahead and ask her mom.  “The Beast” is the trail name given to young Juniper Netterburg.   Juniper recently completed all 2,193 miles of the Appalachian Trail (AT) at the age of 4 (Yes 4!) alongside her mom, dad, and 3 older siblings. “The Beast’s” mom Danae, was kind enough to give me the rundown on how their hiking footwear performed on … Read more

25 Tips to Make Backpacking With Kids a Breeze!

If you’re starting to plan your first overnight backpacking trip with your kid, then let me save you a TON of time and share what I’ve learned ! We just finished a 3 day, 2 night backpacking trip with our 6 year old, so it’s all super fresh! In celebration of my son’s 6th birthday and my husband’s 33rd, we wanted to try to summit Symmetry Spire in Grand Teton National Park. Thankfully we did already have a bit of gear since my husband grew up backpacking, but it was … Read more

9 Essential Backpacking Safety Tips | Stay Safe While Hiking

Backpacking is usually a fairly safe outdoor activity. But it’s still important that even experienced hikers follow backpacking safety best practices.  Don’t underestimate how fast a few bad decisions and some poor planning can put you in an “uncomfortable” situation. That’s why it’s important to follow these 9 tips for staying safe while on the trail.  Do that and you’ll really enjoy your next hiking trip, instead of letting it turn into your personal reenactment of Man vs. Wild.  9 Tips for Staying Safe While Backpacking 1. Have a Checklist … Read more

7 Leave No Trace Principles for Backpacking and Camping (+FREE PDF Printable for Kids)

In recent years more and more people are spending time outdoors backpacking, hiking, and camping, which is why it’s more important than ever we all learn how to “Leave No Trace”.  Our outdoor activities can really take a toll on mother nature – litter, polluted water sources, effects on wildlife, and even wildfires. Don’t you just hate seeing campsites and trails littered with garbage!? To help combat our negative effects on mother nature, the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics helps take the lead in educational programs and projects … Read more

Backpacker Survival Skills | 11 Basic Outdoor Skills You Need for Your First Hike

Think you’ve got the outdoor skills to survive your first backpacking trip just because you’ve seen every episode of Running Wild With Bear Grylls? Think again.  Sure, you don’t need to know how to skin a snake with a stick or make elephant dung casserole, but you do need a few basic backpacker survival skills that’ll help you stay alive and find help in case of an emergency.  So let’s have a look at some outdoor skills every hiker needs to have. Fortunately, they don’t involve eating bugs or other … Read more

Beginner’s Guide to Packing a Backpack for Hiking | Expert Tips to Help You Pack Like a PRO

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So you’ve planned out your first overnight hiking trip. You’ve got all your essential backpacking gear. Now it’s time to pack your backpack for hiking.  But does it really matter how you pack your gear as long as it all fits in your backpack? Yes, yes, and yes!  Just stuffing your backpack full of gear all willy-nilly will lead to a top-heavy pack that makes it next to impossible to lift a foot without falling over backward. Not to mention the extreme sense of panic you’ll feel when you need … Read more

Women’s Hiking Journal + Motivational Tracker Photo REVIEW (you won’t believe how it looks on the inside!)

If you’re looking for a beautiful new hiking journal to inspire you in your travels, then check out this pretty womens hiking journal! I myself LOVE to journal, and seeing as I also love to hike (check the url… crazy OUTDOOR mama!) it’s something I’ve worked on for awhile! This flowy, feminine journal has useful prompts and plenty of space for your own pictures and thoughts + some fun progress tracking pages. As a bonus for journal owners, I thought it would be fun to include a downloadable, matching calendar … Read more

6 Simple Backpacking Recipe Ideas + How To Create Your Own!

“Hard work should be rewarded by good food.” – Ken Follett Backpacking is hard work. After a day of trapesing up and down a mountainside carrying what seems like a mountain of gear, you’ll be thankful you planned some simple backpacking recipe ideas.  The last thing you need is to set up camp and sit down to a mediocre meal of funny-tasting protein bars and trail mix that’s just basically peanuts, raisins, and a single tiny piece of chocolate at the bottom of the bag.  Wouldn’t it be better to … Read more