Is Backcountry Tenting for us?
Are you thinking of tent tenting with all the young ones this summer season? Have you ever considered about adventuring into your backcountry? If that is you, there are several things which you should take into consideration. To start with of all, are your youngsters truly up for this? Although our loved ones likes to tent camp and we take pleasure in a vigorous hike in the mountains, not each individual child finds that sort of journey his/her issue. Do your young ones despise training? Do they appreciate video clip video games into the exclusion of other additional "outdoorsy" activities? If so, you may want to start out with a smaller excursion such as a day hike or campground tenting in a RV. Another issue to contemplate is the age of your children. Though our little ones were babies and toddlers, we stuck to campgrounds where we had showers and real potties for toilet trainers. I've heard of some people taking babies to the backcountry, but that wasn't for me. What if there is an emergency? Somebody has to care for an injured person and who's going to care for the baby? Also, think about yourself. Are you presently definitely up to cooking over a fire or a little burner? Can you sleep on the hard ground? Can you put up with sore muscles and long hikes? These are a few thoughts that you simply may want to take into account before starting a backpacking experience.
If you do decide to enter the backcountry, here are a few suggestions.
1. If your children are not teens yet, take into consideration a short trip. Our children are all under the age of 10-too young to carry heavy loads or hike for miles. We usually camp in the Smoky Mountains. We spend hours poring over the map in order to find a backcountry tenting site within a couple of miles of a campground. No matter what park you camp in, try to find a potential campsite close to your vehicle. You as parents will be carrying the heavy load, and will be glad you only have a thirty minute hike before you have to put it down.
2. Stay in one location the initial few times you camp. It is difficult to "put up" and "take down" camp. There's tents to set up, potential "potties" to locate and dig, and a fire to start (if that is permitted where you are tenting). Spend a couple of nights, and then go back to civilization. And showers!
3. Let the youngsters "help". They can gather firewood properly, and start a fire. They can carry their own change of clothes and swim trunks in their backpacks. The older they are, the a lot more responsibilies we give them and they revel in it.
4. Buy the children cool gadgets to take along. They appreciate compasses, and (gasp) survival knives. Please supervise them well! They enjoy to carry binoculars! Our boys carve their own walking http://learningstore.uwex.edu/Backpacking-Expeditions-P1006.aspx sticks before we leave to go camping-we even put their initials on them!
5. Realize that children don't seriously like hiking forever and not "going anywhere". Have a destination in mind for each hike you do though tenting. Perhaps a fishing hole or waterfall within a couple of miles of your campsite would be a good destination. Or if they like, maybe a nearby river to wade in would be fun for them. Choose a backcountry campsite with several points of interest nearby.
6. Bring points for them to do. Our young ones bring card game titles to play at night or if it rains. We bring glow sticks like you get at fairs to play with at night. That's fun for us parents, too. If you have room in your backpack, some light sports equipment, like a frisbee, is fun. Give them age-appropriate jobs to do around the camp. My boys adore the responsibilty, and it makes our tasks a little easier, too.
7. Remember to pack light. Actually. This can be the hardest part for us. You will detest yourself if you pack each single matter. Try out your backpack before you leave. Hike the approximate distance that you choose to wil be going and see if you are truly able to carry the load that far. If not, it's still early enough in the planning to lighten the load a little. Remember if your children are young, you will be carrying their backpack, too! If you are camped within a mile or so of your vehicle, you can leave some factors there, such as extra food in a cooler, or extra changes of clothes.
8. If it rains and doesn't stop, don't stick it out. Seriously, there is nothing much more miserable that being stuck in a little tent with bored, wet young ones. Head for the vehicle and rescue your trip with a stay in a motel with a pool!
9. Get help from the local sporting goods store with backpacks, tents, cooking utensils, and sleeping mats/bags. Try to find an expert in the field. They will help you with everything from fishing bait to bear spray. Thankfully, we've never needed bear spray! Try on backpacks and waterpacks. Remember the youngsters, they will want equipment, too. Get good hiking boots. Most of the "carryouts" by park rangers are from twisted/sprained ankles and knees. You don't want to be in that position with your children dependant on you.
10. Remember to take it easy on yourself and your youngsters. Laugh - believe me, sometimes its either laugh or cry! Rest often. Give them incentives (some people call them bribes:}) Play tag with your youngsters. Plan lots of food. Being outdoors makes everybody hungry and don't worry, food tastes better outdoors, too. Play, explore, and discover with your children.
I hope some of these tips are helpful for those of you thinking of a backcountry tenting trip with your young ones. Remember, to appreciate the time spent with them, they won't be children forever!