Having kids tends to limit how far you can go off the beaten trail - I found myself pretty much stopping things such as hiking and mountain biking to spend time with my girls.
It seems so obvious now – but for those of you as challenged as I am when it comes to kids: get a child carrier/backpack. I purchased a Macpac Vamoose with the poncho, sun shade and head rest over a year ago and, due to the age spacing between our girls, we recently purchased another carrier – the Kathmandu Baby Carrier v4 with sunshade during the Kathmandu member’s sale (note mid last year there was a product safety issue with this model, however I was assured that this year’s model doesn’t suffer the same issues).
I’m happy with both packs – and whilst the Vamoose has a rain cover that covers the full bag, I’ve yet to really need it.
The bonus is that here in New Zealand we have some very accessible and well maintained tracks – the above is a photo of my oldest daughter fast asleep in the Vamoose walking the Orongorongo track.