When I was pregnant with my second, I had no clue how I would continue hiking with two small children. I knew tandem carrying was a thing, but wasn’t sure how I’d pull it off.
Flash forward several months and hikes later, and I’ve happily discovered that it’s completely possible. I have some takeaways that helped start me out.
1. HOW TO TANDEM WEAR. I prefer to put on the front carrier and secure the baby first and then work on the back. Next, if I’m using the soft-structured carrier, I secure the bottom belt on me and then put my toddler on my back and secure him in the carrier. If I’m using the hard frame, then I secure my toddler in the carrier before putting it on my back.
2. HIKE EASIER TRAILS. With all that extra weight you will feel the burn much quicker. Gage where your new limits are and work up from that.
3. BUDDY UP! Bring a partner for the first few hikes (at very least) to help you figure out the logistics. I’m a bit of a lone wolf, but luckily for the first hike (pictured here) my husband was with me. And for several hikes to follow, I had a wonderful mama friend to give me the support I needed.
4. INVEST IN HIKING POLES! Use them for all hikes, no matter the terrain. These things are your new bestie. Your support and balance. They distribute weight off from your legs. Lift you up after you’ve crouched down to put the toddler back on your back. Keep you steady when you bend down for whatever your kids have dropped. Hiking poles are priceless!
5. PACK EXTRA WATER! On my first hike back in Texas I misjudged how much water my toddler and I would drink. We unfortunately depleted our supply 1/2 mile before getting to our car. Until you’ve done a few hikes and can properly assess your new intake, it’s 100% worth bringing extra..
There’s more I could say, but this basic knowledge is what helped propel me in the beginning. Despite feeling unsure if I’d be able to carry both, I am so grateful I went for it. Countless benefits have come from doing so and I will forever treasure these memories..
I’d love to hear your tips or questions. It’s community that’s been essential to my family outdoor adventures.💚