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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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How to travel more with kids

We’ve all looked at all these aspirational blog posts from 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!”  Thankfully, we have lived and continue to live this struggle and are here to share a few tips on how you can experience more. 

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Family Camping Checklist

You have signed on for (or at least began to explore) the adventure of camping with your toddler (and maybe your younger baby or older sibling, too). But where do you even begin packing? Our camping checklist details everything you need to start gathering and loading up your car and the items you can leave behind! Need more tips about navigating the actual adventure? Head over to our Essential Guide for Camping with Toddlers.

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Destinations, Travel Tips

Rockaway is the best baby and toddler friendly beach in New York City

New York City in the summertime is hot.  Between the humidity and the heat, it can get downright oppressive. Mingled into most plans for a week in NYC is a trip to Coney Island, which is totally worth it, but the beach there can be a bit suffocating with the crowd.  An alternative to Coney Island is Rockaway in Queens. Rockaway is a local favorite, and in my opinion the best baby and toddler friendly beach in NYC. Brittany and I bring our family to Rockaway at least two or three times every summer.  

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Essential Guide to Car Camping with Toddlers

Having grown up camping ourselves, of course, we would sleep under the stars with our babies on warm summer nights. We quickly learned (as with everything in parenting), there is quite a bit more planning and packing required to enjoy a backcountry adventure with little ones.  After a few hiccups along the way, we have found our footing and now love a quick weekend or weeklong camping getaway and have put together an essential guide to car camping with toddlers!

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16 toddler friendly restaurants in NYC that are local favorites

People come to New York City for a variety of reasons, but after having lived here for the better part of 9 years, I can attest to the fact that the food really is top notch.  There are plenty of food guides for a proper foodie trip to New York, but when traveling with toddlers there has to be a balance of unique and different from home versus requirements of the kids.  Lucky for New York City tourists we have a pretty solid list of 16 toddler friendly restaurants in NYC where we frequently eat and recommend.

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