What to expect on an O.A.R.S. river rafting trip

Earlier this month, we enjoyed our fourth multi-night rafting trip with O.A.R.S. If you do something four times, it's because you love it, and there are very few vacations we've loved as much as O.A.R.S. trips. This unique family vacation combines … [Read more...]

Three northwest backpacking routes for families

Parents with young children: you absolutely can backpack with kids! Our family has found success by choosing backpacking routes that are short on distance but big on rewards, whether that be in the form of a fun lake or river to swim in, dramatic … [Read more...]

Travel Gear We Use: Top sleeping bags for backpacking families

It's time to think family camping! Get your family geared up for the summer camping season by snuggling up in a down or down-alternative sleeping bag! Today on Travel Gear We Use, we're listing our favorite sleeping bags for backpacking and camping … [Read more...]

How to teach kids the joys of fishing (and plan a fishing trip)

Fishing is an easy and relaxing activity that's easy for children to learn and gets them outside to enjoy nature. If you're interested in learning how to teach your children the joys of fishing, discover some helpful tips and advice for making … [Read more...]

Central America packing list and gear picks

Heading to Central America? You're going to need to pack smart, for both sun protection and insect protection. And of course, you'll want to be comfortable in humid and tropical weather. We just returned from Panama and Costa Rica, where we stayed … [Read more...]

How to prepare meals in a camper van

When your family hits the road in a camper van, you want your kids to be well nourished throughout your journey. After all, well-fed kids are generally happy kids, which can make your road trip more enjoyable. However, a small campervan kitchen might … [Read more...]

Born Wild: The importance of getting our kids into the outdoors

Happy New Year! I'd like to start 2017 with what I believe is an important subject: the value of getting our kids into the outdoors. Long-time readers of Pit Stops for Kids know that as often as possible, our pit stops, destinations, and adventures … [Read more...]

Travel Gear We Use: family tents for camping

This week in our Travel Gear We Use series, we're talking about best family tents for camping. There are a mind-boggling array of family camping tents on the market, in a very wide price range. What's best for your family will depend on where you're … [Read more...]

Camping Hacks for Families

Ah, the family camping trip: fun-filled days at the lake or river, restful afternoons lying in a hammock slung between two trees, roasting marshmallows by the fire, and snuggling into cozy sleeping bags at night. At least, that’s what glossy magazine … [Read more...]

Coleman camping gear and #FindYourPark

It's camping season in most of the US and Canada, and I'm excited to spend time in the outdoors for the next few months. Most of us are now familiar with our National Park system's #FindYourPark initiative, which is helping more families than ever … [Read more...]