Hi there, we’re the Barons. Welcome to Five Pax!

FivePax is a family travel website focused on responsible and educational experiences involving nature and culture. Our goal is to make the concept of being responsible global citizens as native to our kids as cell phones are to millenials.

We are everyday folks with day jobs, yet we travel fairly extensively as a family of five. See how we do it in our guide on how to travel more with kids! Check out our posts on camping and hiking, road trips, and international travel, or follow us on Instagram or Facebook to see where we are headed next!

International Travel Tips, Road Trip Tips With Kids, Travel Tips

Complete List of Children’s Books Every Adventurous Family Should Own

The FivePax house is a house of book lovers. I was a teacher and later worked for an early-literacy non-profit. So naturally, our kids had an impressive home library before they were born. This is not a casual interest, friends. I am a certified ‘kid’s book nerd’! Thankfully, our kids have also fallen in love with books and adventures that come through reading. Check out their absolute favorites, all listed here!

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Adventure Tips and Hacks

13 Outdoor Learning Activities for Toddlers

As we began our homeschool year and combing through curriculum after curriculum for toddlers and preschoolers I was simultaneously overwhelmed and unimpressed. The websites and books I found either required an expensive list of materials, hours of adult preparation time, or assistance of technology, sometimes all three. All of the things I was trying to avoid. Toddlers learn through play and the simpler, the better! Have you ever given your toddler a cardboard box? They don’t need expensive learning gadgets!

These ideas pulled from my years working in early education and largely inspired by our own kids’ interests and ideas are minimal set-up, inexpensive, and tech-free.

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Adventure Tips and Hacks

Back to School and Cutting Back on Screen Time

If your back-to-school plans include a shake-up of routine and getting back to a new normal, you are not alone. We aren’t fully back with new waves of the pandemic, but there seems to be a buzz and desire for something resembling normal and at least a fresh routine.

A theme among our friends has been the desire to cut back on screen time in the new normal. If you have followed our family over on @fivepax social media for a while you know, we are all about that screen-free life. Our kids watch cartoons on weekend mornings while we prep for adventures. And on a rare afternoon when the parents need to get some work done. We have had a million things in our favor (kiddo with screen anxiety to start) but we have also made a lot of intentional decisions.

But let’s be real, it’s hard. Here are 5 strategies to help your family cut back on screen time that doesn’t feel like a dreaded punishment for everyone or anyone. These tips will leave you feeling confident on how to limit screen time for kids and setting everyone up for a successful school year. 

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Camping and Hiking, Gift Guides

Best of REI’s Anniversary Sale

Schools out for summer! Around here that means time to get busy planning summer adventures. And as we dig out our gear and take inventory, there are a few things we need and a few things we want but have been waiting to buy when they go on sale! Well, folks, we are in the final hours of the REI anniversary sale!

I have spent an embarrassing amount of time combing through the entire REI website for the best deals and realized I should share the results of my late-night research. This way I can call it ‘work’ and I won’t feel guilty about how much it blew up my screen time this week.

If you are looking for a more comprehensive list for car camping with kids or backpacking we have those as well as a post on the best gifts for dad this father’s day!

Getting down to business, here are our top deals in the REI Co-Op Anniversary Sale!

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Gift Guides

Father’s Day Gift Guide for Outdoorsy Dads

There are endless gifts and lists for dads from grooming supplies to tech gear and gadgets. It begins to feel impossible to find the perfect gift for the ‘guy who has everything’. We have rounded up our very favorite finds for Father’s Day 2021 for the outdoor-loving dad or pop or dada or just awesome dude in your life.

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Holiday Gift Guide for Moms
Gift Guides

Mother’s Day Gift Guide for an Outdoor-Loving Mom

In 2021, all moms could use a little extra love and celebration. This list is filled with the best gadgets and gear for her outdoor adventures and nature therapy. Snag a few items from this list to let mom know you love and appreciate how she held together the absolute ummmm (working on swearing less), we will just call it a ‘show’ that has been the last year.

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