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Camping and Hiking

Whether you are an experienced camping and hiking family or just thinking about sharing the outdoors experience with your kids for the first time, Mother Nature has something for everyone. The great thing about camping and hiking is the evolution of your relationship with Mother Nature and the great outdoors over time.

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We started FivePax as a family of five, including a grade-schooler, a preschooler, and a baby. The summer we launched the website, however, Brittany and I went on a 4-day backpacking adventure without the kids. After re-grounding ourselves into our love of nature, we have since focused a lot of our efforts on inclusively and educationally maintaining the entire family’s relationship with the outdoors. We have found that there are so many different ways to enjoy nature, whether via backpacking, car camping vacations, or traveling in an RV. Even within camping there are many options such as KOA style camping, dispersed camping, or creative ways to enjoy nature such as camping on a farm.

Camping and Hiking Content

We hope you find FivePax and the articles in this category as a great resource for your family outdoor adventures. We cover family camping essentials, family camping checklists for both beginners and experienced backpackers, and fun activities such as the National Parks Junior Ranger program. As we continue to hike and camp with our family, as well as meet excellent people around the world doing the same, we hope to build our content that matches our enthusiasm. We hope to contribute to the community of nature lovers out there with tips, tricks, activities, and destinations that connect people to nature.

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Camping and Hiking, Camping and Hiking Tips

9 Tips to Make Hiking with Toddlers Safe and Fun!

Hiking with toddlers, like camping with toddlers, is a fun activity if you are prepared and have grounded your expectations. When you are active on the trails, there are also added health benefits of hiking, while spending quality time with your kiddos. And just like with every area of parenting, you may hit the ground with success or it may take a bit longer to find your groove. We promise the joy of spending time together on the trail and hiking with a toddler will very soon be worth any hiccups along the way.

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Camping and Hiking, Camping and Hiking Tips, Travel Tips

Camping on a Vermont farm with kids

If you’re thinking about camping with your kids, you should definitely consider camping on a farm. And while you are at it, add Vermont to the top of your list. The evolution of the sharing economy has now reached a level of creative genius that we tip our hat to, without dumping half our bank account.  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. And more importantly, how to find a campsite near you. Whether you’re in Vermont as we were or not, we have our top tips and activities to pair with all of the fun you’ll have on the farm.

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Camping and Hiking, Camping and Hiking Tips, National Parks, Southwest

10 most stunning family friendly hikes of Arches National Park

A day of family friendly hiking in Arches National Parks is one of the most popular ways to enjoy what mother nature has to offer. Many of the hikes are rated moderate making a day hike in Arches National Park the perfect activity for the entire family.

The stunning landscapes of Southern Utah are on full display pairing picturesque sandstone formations with a back drop of majestic mountains or bone dry desert. On a clear night, the dark sky is second to none with awe inspiring views of the milky way framed by world famous landmark views.

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Delicate Arch - Moab - Arches National Park
Camping and Hiking, Camping and Hiking Tips, National Parks, Southwest

The Ultimate Kid-approved guide to Arches National Park

Arches National Park is one of the “mighty five” national parks in Utah along with Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Capitol Reef, and nearby Canyonlands.  The park boasts supernatural rock formations and stunning landscapes, including the famous delicate arch that can be seen on every Utah license plate.  Our kid-friendly guide to Arches National Park delivers the essentials you need to make the most of your trip.

The park is massive with plenty to offer, so having a plan with the kids is helpful.  On our first five day trip to Moab, we planned to visit Arches, Canyonlands, and Dead Horse State Park, but were so impressed with Arches that we never left.  This was a easy for us since we live a few hours away, but this guide should help narrow down the highlights.

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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 kid’s 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 adult men or women.  This guide aims to help simplify the options and identify the best hiking boots or shoes for kids.

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