Becoming a parent is one of the most-rewarding experiences you can have. However, little ones have a tendency to change your life drastically—making that spontaneous trip up to the mountains for a powder day more elusive. Rather than scrapping the outing, it’s just as easy to incorporate the kids into your mountain adventure… especially with the right equipment.
Check out these four pieces of gear to ensure that your children get to enjoy the mountains as much as you do.
Why settle for a stroller in the mountains when your child can have their own Chariot? The Thule Chariot Chinook 2 is an all-terrain child carrier capable of transporting two children with a host of features for mom and dad.
The adjustable suspension ensures a smooth ride and uninterrupted naps when you’re taking your precious cargo out for a stroll on a rock-laden path. For a more active outing, lock the pivoting wheel in place to turn the Chinook into a jogger.
Opt for either the Bicycle Trailer Kit or the Cross Country Skiing and Hiking Kit to transform the Chariot to fit your favorite mountain activity. Installing these kits is quick and easy even in cold temperatures, and the one-handed folding system allows you to collapse and store the Chariot efficiently.
Our favorite part of the Chariot is that it can be used for infants under the age of 1 thanks to the infant car seat adapter and head support. Unlike many newborn accessories, the Chariot has several more years of life in it since it can hold children up to age 4 or 5.
If your outdoor pursuits can’t be accomplished with your child on wheels or skis, then toss them on your back with Osprey’s top-of-the-line child carrier. The Osprey Poco Premium is excellent for day hikes in the mountains, for allowing your little one to take in the sites and sounds of a mountain town music festival or any other light outdoor adventure.
This tricked-out pack comes with a detachable daypack, lightweight changing pad, a drool guard, hydration sleeve and a cell phone pocket on one of the shoulder straps. A host of adjustable straps and suspension make for a comfortable and safe pursuit for both parent and child.
The sturdy, but lightweight, aluminum frame clicks into place ensuring easy and safe loading and unloading of your little one when the pack is on the ground. With padded framing, grab handles, changing pad and straps along with a sunshade for junior, the Poco Premium makes it easy to stay out on the trail for hours.
If you plan to expose your child to the elements during a multi-hour adventure, it’s important to keep them warm. Bundling little ones in Patagonia’s Infant Synchilla Bunting might be your best bet for a long outdoor pursuit.
Infants can slip in and out of the bunting with ease, and the two zippers on the legs make diaper changes a snap without unnecessary exposure to the elements. The insulated mitts can be used to keep little hands warm or folded back to allow for dexterity. The hood features elastic sides that seal out wind and snow while fitting nicely around your baby’s face.
It’s abundantly warm, yet not very bulky, ensuring hassle-free entry into the Osprey Poco Premium or the Thule Chariot Chinook 2. So look to a tried and true fabric like Synchilla if you want to make sure your baby stays warm out in the mountains.
For your child, hydration is just as critical as warmth during a day in the mountains. So, pack along the Camelbak Eddy Kids Water Bottle to quench your little one’s thirst. This water bottle holds 12 ounces of your child’s favorite beverage and is, of course, BPA free.
Cool outer graphics are a hit with the kiddos, and the fact that it can be fully disassembled and cleaned in the dishwasher is perfect for parents.
The standout feature of the Eddy is the easy-to-use, no-spill Big Bite Valve system. Parents are free from unscrewing lids or pulling out valves. Rather, kids can flip up the Big Bite Valve for easy drinking and flip it down for storage. Now, only if getting them to sleep were that easy…