Getting started with backpacking can be an expensive endeavor for a family. There are some primary gear items that must be obtained. These gear items can cost a significant amount, especially when multiple items need to be purchased. If purchasing these items is out of the range of your budget then consider these alternatives to purchasing: renting, thrift stores, online auctions, borrowing from friends, or joining a Boy Scout Troop.
If this is an activity you would like to continue with your family then add your gear over an extended period of time. Consider the alternatives below until you can afford to purchase a better piece of equipment.