Camping with babies and toddlers: gear up!

The first time my family and I took our eldest son out camping, it was a three-day backpacking trek into Oregon's Columbia Gorge near Multnomah Falls, and he was 13-months old. Were we crazy? Well, yes, but we had a great time introducing baby Nate … [Read more...]

Home (Away) for the Holidays: Five things to do from our front door

As you know, we loved our HomeAway vacation rental in South Tahoe. Not only is this house idyllic, comfortable, and convenient, but it sits right in the midst of Eldorado National Forest, providing acres of wilderness to explore right from the front … [Read more...]

Home (Away) for the Holidays: Introducing an Alternative to Hotels

Halloween is over, and for me and my family, that means one thing: the holiday travel season is upon us! Instead of staying home for the holidays, the Pit Stops family is excited to be reviewing >this beautiful HomeAway property near Lake Tahoe, CA … [Read more...]

Packing for a Family: Tips and Tricks to Ease the Load

Packing for an entire family can be daunting (not to mention time consuming). First there's the pre-trip laundry, sorting, and folding. Then there's the piling of bags in the car or airport security drop-off. And even after that, there's all the time … [Read more...]

Pit Stops for Kids’ Pre-Road Trip Checklist

As my family and I gear up (literally speaking!) for our upcoming 22-day road trip throughout the western states, piles of equipment, duffel bags, coolers, and the like are starting to dot the landscape of our family room. As I always wonder before … [Read more...]

Travel tip: road trip preparation with kids

We're all about getting out of the car on long road trips and stretching little legs and exploring what the local community has to offer, but what about all those quality hours spent in the car? My family and I are leaving tomorrow for a two week … [Read more...]