If you have kids, one of the greatest things in the world is sharing your passions with them and spending time together doing things you love.
For me, that's backpacking.
Ever since I got into backpacking after I graduated from college, I've been in love with it. Getting outdoors and connecting with nature while you disconnect from the world is when I feel the happiest.
When my son was born, I was already counting down the days until he'd be able to go on his first backpacking trip with me. After seeing him complete a 1 mile walk around the block at age 5 I figured it was time.
So we set out for the Manistee River Trail in Manistee, MI. Here is at the trailhead, all excited.
Well, things turned south after about 45 minutes and in this article, I'll talk about the real side of taking your kid backpacking that you don't usually hear about. I'll give you some of the tips that I wish I had known about before I left so you'll have a better time when you get to take your kids hiking with you.