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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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Great gift ideas for outdoor families
Travel Tips

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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Rowan at the Pacific Ocean in Costa Rica
Destinations

How to plan your first time to Costa Rica with kids

Costa Rica is really a bucket list destination for many families. For most, planning the first time in Costa Rica can be a bit overwhelming trying to sort through the sheer volume of information on the country. We know this because we went through it last year when planning for our family of 5. No matter where you end up in Costa Rica, however, you’ll find it is a great value in terms of safety, affordability, and education for parents looking to have a great time together as a family and help develop little global citizens.

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Renting a car with babies and toddlers and this guy in Costa Rica
Destinations, Travel Tips

Things to know about renting a car with toddlers in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a bucket list destination for many and land of endless beauty. It has a dramatic ecosystem that spans lush cloud forests in the mountains, an active volcano, and stunning beaches on both the east and the west. While a prearranged tour will surely get you from point to point, having the flexibility to pull over to peer over at the alligators under the bridge or extend your conversation with the local Tico at the corner soda really enhances the experience. The only way to really embrace a Costa Rican immersion with your toddler is by renting a car.

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Gifts for outdoor families under the Christmas tree
Destinations

Essential Guide for a Magical Christmas in New York City with Kids

A trip to New York City in the winter is quite possibly the best time to visit and at Christmas, it truly is quite magical. Sure it’s quite crowded and a bit cold but it is also quite crowded in the summer, fall and spring! It’s NYC we have a lot of people and tourists here! To make the most of your holiday visit to enjoy Christmas in NYC, we have pulled together our top tips and favorite winter fun-time activities for small children to ensure you hit the most popular family destinations but don’t lose the magic due to overwhelming crowds and cold little fingers and toes. 

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Coming home after traveling without the kids
Travel Tips

Planning a no-anxiety trip 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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Travel Tips

Essential Prep Guide for 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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Destinations

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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Destinations, Travel Tips

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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Travel Tips

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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