Below are links, with brief descriptions, to posts that should be helpful to beginners….
1. What do I need to take my kids backpacking? Pt.1 – This post discusses first things first as far as the general categories and the practicalities and attitudes.
2. What do I need to take my kids backpacking? Pt.2 – Here is a detailed list of what we take backpacking during the 3 milder seasons.