In what way?
Gunnar: An overnight trip or a micro-adventure shouldn’t stray too far out of your comfort zone. You can be sure of that as far as family overnighters are concerned, especially with the first child, when parents are inexperienced and haven’t built up a lot of confidence. These uneasy feelings can disrupt daily activities, and can have and adverse affect on kids during bikepacking trips. Power lies in peace, as one would say. In this respect, relaxing and slowing down are the order of the day. This is most important for parents. Trips should be fun and enjoyable, not a horror. Therefore, I would recommend riding to a nearby, reliable destination. Parents should pick a spot that’s as quiet and calm as possible, with a guarantee that they won’t have to deal with any unwanted surprises such as partying young people, active hunters or even a rotting wild boar carcass disturbing a good night’s sleep. You should help your youngest child keep their circadian rhythm intact as long as possible during the tour. Since unfamiliar surroundings and circumstances can disrupt a child’s sleeping patterns, it’s worth considering letting the child fall asleep next to their parents. However, evenings are short for parents, too. I remember our first bikepacking tour all together: how close the boys moved their sleeping mats to me, and how they snuggled right next to me when they were in their sleeping bags, even though I had wanted to sit by the fire for a while.