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Kyle Lapham

works as the Fire Manager for The Nature Conservancy. He and his wife, Jessie Lapham, who works as a special education teacher, have two daughters, Norah, 11, and Lena, 8. The Laphams have enjoyed tent camping since Norah was just weeks old, and have camped, paddled and hiked in 14 states and counting! They have begun a family tradition to camp somewhere new each spring break, often at an Arkansas state park. 

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Our kids love this Camelback Mini Mule, a small backpack with a hydration bladder. It helps them carry their snacks and a few extras, but the main thing is it holds water. Having them carry their own provisions has been important.

Our kids love this Camelback Mini Mule, a small backpack with a hydration bladder. It helps them carry their snacks and a few extras, but the main thing is it holds water. Having them carry their own provisions has been important.

What is camping without pancakes? This Lodge griddle gets pulled out at about every camping trip. I wouldn’t backpack with it, but for car camping it sure is handy!

What is camping without pancakes? This Lodge griddle gets pulled out at about every camping trip. I wouldn’t backpack with it, but for car camping it sure is handy!

The Passport To Your National Parks books have been a great way to document our travels together as a family. The book has over 400 National Park's Service locations, and There is a spot to stamp the location with the date you visited! The girls really enjoy acquiring new stamps in their passports. There are many right here in Arkansas, including Little Rock Central High, The Buffalo River and The Arkansas Post, to name a few!

The Passport To Your National Parks books have been a great way to document our travels together as a family. The book has over 400 National Park's Service locations, and There is a spot to stamp the location with the date you visited! The girls really enjoy acquiring new stamps in their passports. There are many right here in Arkansas, including Little Rock Central High, The Buffalo River and The Arkansas Post, to name a few!

Bug repellent is a must outside. Ticks can come out on a warm day even in the winter. I am a big fan of Permethrin. spray down your clothes or gear with it and Wait for it to dry overnight. it's better than DEET, I think, and lasts for six washes or six weeks.

Bug repellent is a must outside. Ticks can come out on a warm day even in the winter. I am a big fan of Permethrin. spray down your clothes or gear with it and Wait for it to dry overnight. it's better than DEET, I think, and lasts for six washes or six weeks.

The Big Kids’ Terradora Waterproof hiking boots have been our go-to since their little feet could fit in them.

The Big Kids’ Terradora Waterproof hiking boots have been our go-to since their little feet could fit in them.

The Patagonia Girls Nano Puff Jacket is tried and true. It is thin, soft and super warm even on the coldest Arkansas day, and they pack down into their chest pocket to take up almost no space in your bag.

The Patagonia Girls Nano Puff Jacket is tried and true. It is thin, soft and super warm even on the coldest Arkansas day, and they pack down into their chest pocket to take up almost no space in your bag.

When the sun goes down and it's time for bed, or time to go to the bathroom, you need a little light. We have had this d.light solar lantern for almost 10 years. just set it out in the sun and charge it up.

When the sun goes down and it's time for bed, or time to go to the bathroom, you need a little light. We have had this d.light solar lantern for almost 10 years. just set it out in the sun and charge it up.

Both Norah and Lena have had their camp blankets for several years. This Columbia throw blanket is extremely versatile, acting as a sleeping bag or blanket for cool evenings by the fire.

Both Norah and Lena have had their camp blankets for several years. This Columbia throw blanket is extremely versatile, acting as a sleeping bag or blanket for cool evenings by the fire.

I carry this “Trees of Arkansas” book, and other guides to keep the kids entertained and aware of the plants outdoors. You can pick this book up from the Arkansas Forestry Commission for around $5.

I carry this “Trees of Arkansas” book, and other guides to keep the kids entertained and aware of the plants outdoors. You can pick this book up from the Arkansas Forestry Commission for around $5.