The Camping Family

How to keep the kids (minions) happy on a long portage!

We get asked a lot about how we manage portages (especially long ones) with 4 kids and 2 dogs along for the trip. Honestly I like to use incentive otherwise know as bribery and it works! I buy a whack of treats and stow them away for the day of the big/long portage or day of paddling. Kids grumble way less if they know that there a treat for them at then end to enjoy while mom and day go back for the canoes. I change it up every trip and try not to repeat too often. Pictured are treats/ bribes for and upcoming trip that has a 1km, 2km and 3km along our route(I brought out the big guns and splurged on full size after all we need to keep our Sherpas, I mean kids happy!

P.S. This is a once in blue moon treat stash and in now way reflects what they eat on a regular basis when not canoeing 😄

Treats for 5 kids on 8 day portage trip in Algonquin Park. ©

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