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Welcome to Five Pax!

Five Pax is a weekly updated blog about family travel and everyday moments of our lives as an endlessly on-the-go family of 5. We are everyday folks with day jobs juggling the beautiful insanity of raising three kids in New York City, a cultural world away from the midwest where we were born and raised. We are excited to share with you our stories and lessons we are learning along the way in our endless quest to maximize our kids’ exposure to culture, history, and nature across the U.S. and around the world! But we won’t be doing it alone. To ensure we are giving you an honest and complete picture of our adventures and the locations we explore, we will be tapping into our incredible network of friends and family for their insights and tips from their own backyards.

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Traveling Without the Kids

Whether it’s a work trip or an adult get-away; the first trip for parents traveling away from the kids is filled with anxiety, fear, and dare I say it, excitement! We love traveling with our kids but we were travel-loving adults before the kids came along, too. And once in a while its quite enjoyable to take an adult-only adventure. For tips on how to prepare yourself or your kids, read on, we are here to do this together. 

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27 Actually Useful Gift Ideas That Outdoor Families Will Love

Do you have a jet setting family member who doesn’t return texts when you ask what to get them for their birthday or holidays? We know all about that daughter, or brother, or grandson… because we are guilty as charged. Geeze, Mom, stop texting! It’s hard to think of gift ideas when I’m building fires or climbing trees with the kids! If you or a family member need holiday gift ideas for outdoor families read along. We’ve done some asking for ya!

In addition to having a personal bias, we posted to several adventure travel message boards to see what other families either really want or just can’t live without. Below are the top results of our survey along with a few things that we either own and love or want.

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Baby’s First Flight

The first flight with your baby can make even the most seasoned traveler more than a little anxious. We have pulled together our best tips from short and long haul flights around the U.S. and across the world into this detailed guide for traveling with a baby. From the must-pack items, on-flight entertainment hacks, and all the gear you should leave at home, we have you covered! 

We weren’t always such confident pros! But after three kids and dozens of flights we have come a long way! Our third baby had his first international trip planned while he was still cooking on the inside!

Alright, let’s get to the big questions and then break down gear specific recommendations once we have you convinced that you CAN do this! 

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Your perfect 3-day Boulder itinerary with kids

If you plan on spending a few days in Boulder with your 5-year-old, you can do what I did and call your sister who lives in Boulder for an itinerary, or you can keep reading because I did all that work for you.  We’ve put together the perfect 3-day Boulder itinerary with kids.

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Boulder, CO travel tips with kids

For an action-packed, sun-drenched adventure with your little ones that mixes in kid-friendly adulting at craft breweries, look no further than Boulder, Colorado.  Read along for Boulder travel tips with kids followed by the perfect 3 days Boulder itinerary with kids. Crafted for me by a local. Tested and approved by my son.

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Motion Sickness Treatment for Kids

Motion sickness or car sickness in young kids is unfortunately as common as it is gross! With one easily motion sick parent and two very easily motion sick kids, we have tested all the theories out there over many years and across many more trips. We have pulled together our top tips on how to prevent and manage motion sickness while traveling with your small children. Don’t let motion sick prone kids keep you from traveling more often.

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Our 3 day rustic Vermont itinerary with our kids

Earlier this week, we posted about how the sharing economy produced another awesome idea of camping at farms. We came upon this gem while researching ways to level up our family camping experience while exploring nearby Vermont. As a family of 5 with a baby, a toddler, and a 5-year-old living in NYC, aka the city that never sleeps, we didn’t think our little attention spans would survive a secluded campsite off in the woods. The RV campground style camping with playgrounds and video games and overcrowding is too contrived for us though so we started researching a good middle ground. Enter Farm Camping. We came, we tried, and we fell in love with the experience.

Read along for details of our Vermont farm camping itinerary along with a few tips and recommendations. We spent a lot of time speaking to camp hosts and locals to curate the experience, but none of the content on this page is sponsored. 🙂

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If you haven’t camped on a farm with your kids, you’re doing it wrong.

If you’re thinking about camping with your kids, or anywhere for that matter, you should strongly consider camping on a farm.  The evolution of the sharing economy has now reached a level of creative genius that I tip my hat to, without dumping half my paycheck.  What started with renting otherwise free afternoons to TaskRabbit or leasing spare bedrooms on Airbnb has now evolved into “Go ahead and pitch your tent on that little corner of my farm.”  

Read along for an overview of how we got into this stroke of genius, how to find a good campsite near you, whether you’re in Vermont as we were or not, as well as other activities to pair with all of the fun you’ll have on the farm.

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The car camping meal ideas menu to end all menus

Camping meal ideas usually go like this:

Hotdogs, smores, potato pockets, PB&J, repeat.

Hotdogs, smores, potato pockets, PB&J, repeat.

C’mon man! Camping meal ideas don’t have to be bland and you don’t have to be a professional chef either. We’ve been testing different options for the past few years and have made your lives easy. Behold our 5 day complete car camping food menu:

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