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Hi there, we’re the Barons.
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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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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Destinations

Our 3 day rustic Vermont itinerary with our kids

Earlier this week, we posted about how the sharing economy produced another awesome idea of camping at farms. We came upon this gem while researching ways to level up our family camping experience while exploring nearby Vermont. As a family of 5 with a baby, a toddler, and a 5-year-old living in NYC, aka the city that never sleeps, we didn’t think our little attention spans would survive a secluded campsite off in the woods. The RV campground style camping with playgrounds and video games and overcrowding is too contrived for us though so we started researching a good middle ground. Enter Farm Camping. We came, we tried, and we fell in love with the experience.

Read along for details of our Vermont farm camping itinerary along with a few tips and recommendations. We spent a lot of time speaking to camp hosts and locals to curate the experience, but none of the content on this page is sponsored. 🙂

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If you haven’t camped on a farm with your kids, you’re doing it wrong.

If you’re thinking about camping with your kids, or anywhere for that matter, you should strongly consider camping on a farm.  The evolution of the sharing economy has now reached a level of creative genius that I tip my hat to, without dumping half my paycheck.  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, how to find a good campsite near you, whether you’re in Vermont as we were or not, as well as other activities to pair with all of the fun you’ll have on the farm.

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The car camping meal ideas menu to end all menus

Camping meal ideas usually go like this:

Hotdogs, smores, potato pockets, PB&J, repeat.

Hotdogs, smores, potato pockets, PB&J, repeat.

C’mon man! Camping meal ideas don’t have to be bland and you don’t have to be a professional chef either. We’ve been testing different options for the past few years and have made your lives easy. Behold our 5 day complete car camping food menu:

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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 and if you want clickable links to Amazon, we’ve curated a great gift guide as well.

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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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