How To Go Hiking With A Toddler Carrier

You wouldn’t think that going hiking with a toddler carrier would be much fun.  But, actually, it is fun! And with the latest and greatest of toddler carriers out there, you can go in style and comfort.

Baby and toddler carriers

The baby and toddler carriers they have today are nothing like even five years ago. As the world gets more and more active the demand for such devices increases.  And, so the need for good toddler carriers is out there ready to be fulfilled. They will enjoy the ride on your back and the sights, sounds and smells around them.  And, you enjoy them not running off and getting into the poison ivy, again.

Getting the right toddler carrier for your body type is important.  You need to have one that will distribute the weight of the toddler.  It should do this in a manner that will not cause you pain. They have amazing backpack designs that can offer you a great toddler carrier design.

These are very similar to those complex hiking framed backpacks. If you are used to carrying all your gear, sleeping bag, tent and such on a hiking adventure then your toddler will be nothing.  However, it depends on how long you plan to hike. If you are looking for a weekend hike, be sure to look for a carrier that has ample storage as well.

Toddler Hiking Backpacks

Getting the right fit not only for you but for the toddler as well. Some carriers come with covers that you can put up over their heads to protect them from the sun, however, this can also be uncomfortable if the toddler is too tall or if they can’t see, they may get cranky.

Most are made lightweight so be sure to add the weight of the carrier to your toddler’s weight along with any additional gear to see how much you are looking at carrying. A pack should not be so heavy that you cannot go for the entire day with some nice amble resting spots of course.

Many come with great add-ons to the backpack itself. They will have a changing station on board. A place to put their diapers and wipes handy and all the essentials for a great trip.  Hiking with a toddler can be super fun when you plan for it. Be sure to bring along plenty of snacks.

Some of these carriers even have adjustable frames to fit both parent’s torso’s so you can take turns.  Having the frame fit you and your child is really the most important thing when looking at the toddler backpacks. Not all toddler backpacks are created equal.

Having the backpack not have the right fit can have your toddler towering over your head. This can get you off balance and can be dangerous when on the unlevel ground like you find hiking.

The first time out we recommend taking some wash clothes, as the pack may wear or rub in the shoulders or hips.  This will help with that and keep you from getting sore. This is something that is just impossible to know until you use it.

Enjoy hiking with your toddler with the perfect hiking backpack!


I have been camping and going outdoors for over 15 years! My first experience was when I joined the scouts. There I learned a lot. From building a campfire to set up a really big tent. Then I know this is awesome. Around 2005 I also started Geocaching. This is a lot of fun. And every time we go camping we look at the map to see if there are some nice caches around.

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