I went bike camping for 10 days — with a baby and toddler! This is the bikepacking gear we used for an epic family adventure on the Oregon Outback Trail.
Luckily, me and my husband, Jason, have the same outlook on kids. We agree that they are very adaptable, and when it comes to their moods (especially the bad ones), nothing is constant. We figured as long as we kept reminding each other of this throughout the trip, we’d be OK.
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寻找完美的拖车是我们能够从容地拖了很长的距离关键。对于我们的许多较小的旅行，我们把我们的Thule Chariot.But for long hauls and bumpy roads, its width becomes an issue.
After doing some research, we found theWeehoo IGO两与两个席位——独轮拖车。这是苏per easy to modify, and we were able to remove one seat and attach 9-month-old Revel’s car seat.
After a few tests we turned the car seat around so that the boys faced each other, and all of our lives instantly got better. Most of the time, there was nothing but giggles coming from behind us as the boys babbled back and forth.
下一块规划过程是路线。我们知道，我们想要做的Oregon Outback Trail，but we wanted to make it a loop where we could start and end in Bend. So Jason got to work on Gaia andOrienteer.coand made us a loop where we could link up with the first part of the Oregon Outback outside of Klamath Falls.
该first part followed 200 miles of Jason’s made-up route (almost all dirt road). In the second 200-mile section, we followed the documented Oregon Outback bikepacking trail.
In general, we stuck to our roles and followed the natural rhythms of our home life. I woke up early and made coffee and breakfast.
Jason packed up the tent while I fed the kids and then we took turns getting the bikes ready while one of us played with the kids. Whoever wasn’t towing the beastly trailer was on kid duty — telling stories, delivering snacks as we rode, and keeping sunscreen applied.
On average, we could go for about 2 hours before they would ask for a stop. Our breaks lasted for an hour — full of yummy food and playing in the dirt so that when it was time to get back on the bikes, they were tired and ready.
We then would ride for another 2 hours, break again, and then continue as long as needed to get to our final camp.
Nearly every day, we all experienced “finish fever,” a phenomenon we know so well from耐力赛。越接近你的目标，更多的情绪排水每英里的。
Once at camp, one of us would sneak away and hide a new little mini car. The other one would then get out the map, read the clues to Max, and take him on a little hunt to find his new toy. This activity, along with his new toy, would occupy him for the rest of the night, which gave us some time to set up camp, make dinner, and just be happily tired.
Before we left, we put together a crew of folks willing to pick us up in case we needed it. We planned to go for as long as we could and wanted to complete the full loop back home. But we also wanted to make it fun and successful for everyone involved.
Nine days into our trip, we rode into a small town 80 miles from home. The temps were 90 degrees and rising, with no water supply or shade from that point on. Furthermore, a fellow bikepacker informed us that we had “25 miles of the worst sandy gravel riding on the whole route” coming up.
We discussed various scenarios over our melting convenience store ice cream and decided to call in the rescue. It was the best decision for everyone. Our friend came out with his bike, Jason drove the kids home, and I got to finish the loop with a good friend and no kids.
Niner RLT 9 RDO：$ 6,600
我达到了我的碳Niner RLT 9 RDO碎石自行车这一使命，因为行程的前半部分充满了未知的道路。Niner调用RLT 9 RDO它的“多刀自行车”，其应对从粗砾什么泥土小径平滑沥青的能力。我完全同意。
What’s more, it can take a range of different-sized tires, from super-skinny 650c x 28c tires to 2.0. The 26 mounts make this bike an amazing gear-hauler as well.
Ritte Satyr Gravel Bike：$ 4,999
No matter how good carbon bikes get, nothing beats the feel of an expertly built steel frame. The new Ritte Satyr was designed by the legendary Tom Kellog and definitely qualifies as “expertly built.”
It’s specced with the new and capable Shimano 1x GRX drivetrain and ENVE carbon fork, which made for a beautiful ride on both smooth and rough roads. The Satyr outshined the Niner on the 3-mile “highway to hell” section — an ancient paved road with consistent deep 3-inch cracks every 10 feet.
Racks and panniers are necessary on longer bikepacking trips. And carrying gear for four on two bikes made this even more important.
Bikepacking Bags: $49-158
Apidura和Revelate的设计中the best bikepacking bags of 2020而且我们两个的耐用性和多功能性的首选。这两个品牌举起不间断滥用，仍然9天的好看如新。
We ended up using these in place of many stock straps that come with bike bags because they’re so much more durable and easier to adjust. Also, having a few extra on hand is always a good idea for repairs.
Weehoo IGO两: $489
If there were other options for a trailer like this out there, I’d be harsher on this one for its many shortcomings. But as it stands, there are none. And theiGo Twowas perhaps the key piece of gear in making this sort of family bike trip possible and enjoyable.
We relied on our phone for our camera, GPS, and noise machine (for our 9-month-old). Being able to keep it and our headlamps charged up was super important. Enter the Goal Zero Venture.
BioLite SunLight: $25
到了晚上，孩子们也爱和它的“派对模式”功能，播放和观看灯变色。杰森，我喜欢它以其柔和的光线下看书或做魔方in the tent while the kids slept.
RumplStash Mat（$ 69）：Junior Blanket($49)
该lightweight, durableStash Matwas another critical piece of gear for us. Because we often would break and camp in the middle of the forest, we didn’t have any picnic tables to eat on. This mat was the first thing to come out whenever we stopped.
And it became the kids’ eating mat, play mat, and was crucial for bedtime. It provided a blackout environment for 9-month-old Revel as he went to bed when it was still light out.
该Rumpl Junior Blanketwas Max’s favorite on-the-go blanket. He loved covering his legs up and getting cozy with it on the chillier days on the bike. We loved it because it’s light, packs down super small, and holds up to dirt and heavy use.
And the huge floor space (nearly 38 square feet) was enough room for the four of us. Setup was a breeze, and it’s super easy to pair with theWing Tarp（$ 190）雨水覆盖。
My favorite was that it is equally easy to set up either the house or the wing first and then add the other in a flash. When the rain threatened, we threw up the tarp and then put up the mesh house underneath. And when the sky cleared later that night, the tarp easily came off so we could count the stars until we fell asleep.
In Central Oregon, water can be hard to come by. And because campgrounds were closed due to COVID-19, we had to be a little more self-reliant. With the BeFree 3L filter, this was not an issue.
Within minutes of filling our filter from the river, we could easily fill all our bottles and bladders. Toward the end of our trip, the filter did get a little clogged. But after a few shakes and jostles, it went back to flowing freely again.
Compared to other filters that are on the heavier or bulkier side, this one could roll up so small it easily fit in my frame bag for quick access.
冒险Eats Dehydrated Meals:$ 10-11每
And we love that they’re made from local ingredients in small batches right down the street from us in Bend, Oregon. Best of all, the meals we tested are really tasty dry (seriously) and can be cold-cooked in about 90 minutes if you run out of fuel.
Sleeping well on family adventures is key. And making it as light as possible is just as important. For our 3-year-old, we used a set of破冰船260技术基础层（$ 60），他心爱的Big Agnes Little Red 15 Degree Sleeping Bag（$ 70），和一个小THERM-A-休息PROLITE睡垫($95) that fit perfectly in the sleeve of the sleeping bag.
Just Go For It
Things didn’t go perfectly, but it’s worth getting out and going for it. If you’re looking for ways to get the family outside, start small. Go on an overnight camping trip nearby or hop on the bike for a few hours.