This weekend we’re heading out there! We’re packing up our family of 5, including a 2 month old infant and going backpacking. It’s not going to be an epic trip. It is going to be tons of fun. I’ve learned that taking my kids backpacking is less about the vistas, mileage, or route and more about getting out there, making habits and having fun.
My kids love camping. I’m pretty sure they could spend most of the summer at a campground, eating off a campfire and playing in the dirt and be the happiest children you’ve ever seen. For them, backpacking is just hiking and camping. Two of their favorite things. I’ve wanted to continue to backpack, even with our newest addition. Rhett will be 2 months old when he goes backpacking for the first time. We did our first camping trip at 2 weeks, so I’m already pretty sure we can sleep in a tent.
We are currently planning on the following sleeping arrangement. Elliot, Graham, and Warren on their own pads. Rhett and I together. Instead of springing for the Milk & Honey infant bag that I’ve been ogling, we will be using our infant snowsuit to keep Rhett warm. Additionally Warren is going to be wearing his snowsuit. We struggle to keep him in his bag, which means one of us wakes up often to shove him back in. The snowsuit option is a trial run this time. Hopefully it helps this wiggly dude stay warm. Graham and Warren both have Insulated Air Core (48″) pads. Graham’s bag is a Icicle Creek bag that I’ve cut off at the 48″ length and sewn to size. I’m considering adding straps to keep it on the pad-but Graham seems to sleep pretty still, so I’m not sure about that part yet.
I purchased 12 flats from Green Mountain Diapers to use as our backpacking diapers. They should dry quickly. My main concern with this is Rhett sometimes has a lot of poop one day and very little the next. If it’s a poopy day 12 might not be enough. We are also bringing 2 disposables for Rhett for nighttime and 1 disposable for Warren for nighttime. Additional concerns: toilet training for Warren isn’t completely finished yet, so we may need additional bottoms for him.
Luckily Rhett’s nursing has been going great. So this part is just bring extra snacks for me. I’m bringing a nursing tank (not a base layer) and toping it with a long sleeve merino half zip for nighttime. We’ve almost got sidelying nursing down, so that’s good. I plan to bring a microfiber towel and an extra pair of nursing pads to absorb any leaks. I’m hoping to not have to wash my bag after each trip.
This is the one area that I’m really struggling. We don’t have any “backpacking” clothes for Rhett. He’ll probably end up in a fleece type pajama for nighttime. I’m currently pulling out everything we own that’s even close to hiking material and examining it. I have about 5 days to decide. He will be wearing his swimsuit/rashguard from Hanna Andersson. I’ve found that it wicks sweat nicely and drys fast.
I’m sure I’ll work out more kinks and quick tips as I go. For now I’m just glad to be pushing myself to get out there with the kids and to make it work. I’ll be back with a trip report next week!
Have you gone backpacking with a really young infant? Any tips and tricks you’d share?