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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.

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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Providence Canyon Georgia with kids
Camping and Hiking, Road Trips, Southeast

Taking the kids to Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon

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For a weekend adventure in the southeast United States that rivals the beauty of the actual Grand Canyon, if not the size and scope, Providence Canyon is a great option.  Known as Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon, Providence Canyon is a 1,103 acre Georgia state park near Lumpkin, Georgia, about two and a half hours southwest of Atlanta.  

With massive gullies and 16 canyons that tower as high as 150 feet, the views of the chasms, plateaus, cliffs, and pinnacles are spectacular.  Activities in the park include hiking and camping, along with full facilities, a nice amount of open space, and plenty of picnic tables to feed the family.

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FivePax - How to travel more with kids
Camping and Hiking Tips, International Travel Tips, Road Trip Tips With Kids, Travel Tips

How to travel more with kids

We have all come across and admired full-time travel families who sold their homes, quit their jobs, and picked up nomadic jobs in marketing or writing code and thought, “I have too much at stake to drop everything and do that, but I really want a slice of that experience. I need to know how to travel more with my kids!”  We have lived and continue to live this struggle but have hit a pretty sweet stride in regularly traveling with our kids and are here to share a few tips on how you can experience more. 

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family backpacking gear laid out.
Camping and Hiking, Camping and Hiking Tips, Travel Tips

The Ultimate Family Backpacking Checklist

So you’re ready to step it up a notch and hike your kids into the wild. You want to get away from the car campsite, where RV’s and motor homes wouldn’t dream of reaching. A backpacking adventure with kids is a fantastic way to truly unplug and enjoy nature. Whether you’re an experienced backpacker, or just dipping your toes in at a walk-in campsite, with our family backpacking checklist, you should wander into the trees with confidence.

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Great gift ideas for outdoor families
Camping and Hiking Tips, International Travel Tips, Road Trip Tips With Kids, Travel Tips

29 Actually Useful Gift Ideas for Family Travelers

Do you have an outdoors-loving or jet-setting family member who doesn’t return texts when you ask for ideas for an upcoming birthday or the holidays? We know all about that daughter, or brother, or grandson… because we are guilty as charged. It’s hard to think of gift ideas when we’re building fires, climbing trees, or planning our post-pandemic global adventures! If you or a family member need holiday gift ideas for travelers of all kinds, read along.

We are first and foremost advocates of giving experiences over material gifts. From concert tickets to passes to National Parks, experiences always make the best gifts. But even minimalist families need a few things to support their adventures. These great gift ideas for travelers are our favorite items and items on our wish list this holiday season.

Happy Holidays!

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