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!

winter snow
Adventure Tips and Hacks, Camping and Hiking, Camping and Hiking Tips

Keeping kids warm during winter adventures

If the amount of time you are spending getting your kids ready to head outside to play is longer than the time you actually play outside… you might be a parent in winter. We have been there, and after conquering winter in several zones of the US with our four little ones, we have several snow-tested tips and tricks to cut down on the tears and increase your time actually having outdoor winter fun!

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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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The right hiking boots can make a big difference on the trails, even for the little guys
Camping and Hiking, Camping and Hiking Tips

Actually useful guide to buying kids’ hiking boots

If you plan to spend a lot of time on the trails, arguably the single most important piece of equipment you can own is appropriate footwear.  A lot has been written about how to choose the best hiking boots, and there is even a recent heated debate in the hiking community about whether hiking boots are even the best tool for the job, but factors that go into hiking footwear decisions for children varies wildly from those for adults.  This guide aims to help simplify the options and identify the best hiking boots or shoes for kids.

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three boys riding scooters on a sidewalk
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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three boys riding scooters on a sidewalk
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 a reset you are definitely not alone.

A theme in our end-of-summer parent sideline chatter has been the much-anticipated reduction of screen time that comes with school and a new routine. If you have followed our family over on @fivepax social media for a while you know, we are all about that screen-free life. For years our kids watched cartoons on weekend mornings while we prepped for adventures. And then maybe a few hours on a rare afternoon when we the parents needed to get some work done.

As the older kids have gotten bigger we have extended to 3 hours of tech each week with more hours available to be earned through chores. We have had a million things in our favor (a kiddo with screen anxiety to start). But we have also made a lot of intentional decisions as well. And we stick to them even when our kids let us know how unfair it seems. More on how below.

But let’s be real, it’s hard. Really hard to both set limits yes, but to stick to them.

Here are 5 strategies to help your family cut back on screen time that don’t feel like a dreaded punishment for everyone involved. These tips will leave you feeling confident about how to limit screen time for kids and set everyone up for a successful school year. 

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REI backpack
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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