For some parents, it can be plenty challenging just to take young children on a trip to the mall. Then there are those who take their tiny hikers into the wilderness. The outdoor gear industry is ready to help with a range of easily packed camping items that both parents and kiddos can enjoy. Not that you need lots of gear. New Yorkers Amy and Paolo Marini, both avid rock climbers, have camped in the Catskills with their 5-year-old, Lorenzo, and family friends with 5- and 2-year-olds. Just getting a leafy site by water provides ready entertainment, Amy says. “Little more is needed other than swimsuits, butterfly nets and maybe water shoes to guarantee hours of afternoon fun,” she says. For hikes with very young kids, she advises packing a pair of trekking poles, as backpack-style baby carriers can throw off your center of gravity. Vermont-based writer, photographer and outdoor enthusiast Berne Broudy, who blogs about hiking and camping, recommends the Thule Sapling Elite as a carrier. Adjustable and well-padded, the pack has a built-in reservoir sleeve and lots of pockets for phone, snacks and diapers. Plus, says Broudy, “Kid-focused features include a sunshade to keep your car...