Hi, I’ve just got home from an overnight tramp to a hut with a group of friends and their kids. There were 13 of us in total, 6 mum’s and 7 kids aged 10 to 4 years. For some it was their first overnight in the backcountry with their kids (more on this experience in the next blog!) In preparation for this I made the list below.
The trick is to take everything you need and as little as possible!
There is a tendency to take far too much. It can be hard to get some kids to leave behind the four soft toys and the cuddly blanket they need to take to get to sleep. Yes I am speaking from experience, but with a little encouragement about what an adventurer is and then perhaps letting them choose one special (hopefully small) soft toy to bring; most kids should be able to carry that and their own sleeping bag and then you will be off to a good start!
It seems a lot to take I know, so see if you can find someone else to come along with you, like we did, it lightens the load, shares the responsibility and enriches the experience. Each time you go, you will pick up another tip or trick for next time.
Don’t forget to check the weather report and always let someone know your plan.
Good luck – We’d love to know about how you get on in the comments.