In my posts, I talk a lot about gear. I’ve collected a decent amount (for me, at least), and have a system that works really well for me. It’s slightly embarrassing, but to get outside for a few hours with kids is a lot of work!
You’ve seen my post on clothing in winter, so start with that as a template. As a reminder, it’s baselayers, fleece, windbreaker, wool socks, a hat and good shoes. Then I put my 3 year old up in the carrier. We use the Kinderpack. Next is the fanny pack. I know, okay, but I need a way to carry my shit. Inside the fanny pack are snacks, my PStyle, keys, phone, kleenex, sometimes bug spray or sunscreen. Then I clip my water bottle to my carrier straps with a carabiner.
So with the above picture for reference:
1-hat from Little Canyon Outfitters
2-shell from Steep and Cheap
3-fleece over baselayer top
4-water bottle clipped to carrier with carabiner
5-doubled up baselayer tights
6-wool socks + hiking boots
My five year old has his own hydration backpack, which is stuffed with his own snacks. Lastly I’ll put on gloves.
Initially I felt ridiculous, but this set up is really comfortable and basically lets me carry everything I need and want. I’ve got water and snacks, my phone and keys, my baby.