Gear Find: Kid Sized Water Bottles

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Something to ponder….ever gone shopping for child sized water bottles that are neither heavy, flimsy as a paper cup or heavily encrusted with cartoon characters and not break your wallet? Yeah, not so easy! If I ever see another Frozen The Movie water bottle in hot pink it’ll be way too soon….. While I had […]

Gear Review: SunBell

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A few months back we were sent a Bright Products SunBell to review. Solar and LED’s have made what once unreachable, now something many of us can have along. The SunBell is interesting. It isn’t the lightest at 1 pound, 3 ounces, nor is it the smallest device. It does though work well, charge easily […]

What Do Our Toddler & Preschooler Carry?

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Posts on “What I Carry In My Pack” are pretty common on the interwebs, although it is nearly always written from an adult’s perspective. Children get covered here and there, but it is nearly always older children (school-age). In my years of hiking I have noticed one constant truth: children are not taken out enough, […]

Gear Review: BigShot Wide Mouth

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I am admittedly a throwback to the past with certain gear. Example? I don’t like hydration bladders. Loooong ago, when they first came out, I jumped on it. And found I never did like it, no matter the brand. I found I like a bladder for in-camp use great, but not for drinking. I went […]

Gear Review: Deuter Backpacks For Kids

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I’ve often mentioned my loyalty to Deuter – my daypack, backpacking pack and kid carrier packs are Deuter. My daypack (and sometimes an overnighter) has been with me for 5+ years now, without any issues. Compared to an REI daypack I bought at the same time, the Deuter still looks great – no fraying, no […]

In My Daypack This Year

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I try to go through my daypack every spring and look at what is there. What needs to be replaced. Or tossed. Or added. It is a good habit, and then you don’t wish you had something later on! And I’ll be upfront about it this year: This year I have a much heavier haul […]

Gear Review: Goal Zero Lighthouse 250 Lantern

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When I first started backpacking, back in the dark ages, there were not many choices for lights. You had heavy headlamps, that slid down into your glasses, lanterns that weighed a ton or flashlights that burned through batteries. I have felt for a long time that what really changed everything was LED bulbs finally being […]