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 take travel photos on your phone

There are many benefits to using your phone to take photos while traveling. First of all, when you learn how to take travel photos on your phone, you won’t have extra equipment to pack; chances are, you’re already bringing your phone. It’s always … [Read more...]

Choosing the right snack bags for road trips

Going on a road trip can be a lot of fun, but when you have children, it can make things a little challenging. You have to find ways to keep them entertained, and goodness knows they will eventually start complaining about being hungry. Chances are … [Read more...]

Travel Gear We Use: Winter jackets that pack down small

Winter is a tough time of year to pack light, but it IS possible to do so. The easiest solution: winter wear that packs down small. We love our 'puffies'! The best packable jackets keep kids and parents warm during winter travel, but fit well into … [Read more...]

Family ski wear checklist: What you need and which brands are best

Ski season is upon us, and if you're a skiing family, you're busy cataloguing your gear and checking to see what fits each family member. If you don't ski often, you may not be outfitted yet at all. If you only ski once a year or so, we highly … [Read more...]

Travel style for men: Best travel wear brands

We have three men in our house...at least when it comes to clothing size. Our Pit Stops Dad and our two teenage sons all have a no-frills travel wear style, and they're never interested in a lot of shopping. But I know how important it is to buy … [Read more...]

Travel Gear We Use: Five items I never travel without

On average, I travel twice a month, either by car or plane. I'm in airports at least once a month. This is not as much travel as some people, to be sure, but it's enough that I've pared down my carry-on luggage to include only the essentials. Whether … [Read more...]

Products for parents who work on the go

None of us want to, but sometimes as parents, we simply must work on the go. My job has me working on the fly on airplanes (pun intended), in cars, and in hotel rooms on just about every trip we take, and while I'm the exception, I know most parents … [Read more...]

My oh my: Which insulated water bottle to buy?!

At each season's Outdoor Retailer show (where new products from outdoor and travel brands are showcased and introduced), one or two top travel trends always emerge. This summer, one of those trends was insulated water bottles. It started with … [Read more...]

Travel products to protect against Zika Virus

We love family adventure, but we're careful to be mindful of threats to family safety while we travel. Before you go to Central or South America, or the Caribbean, make sure you pack these travel products to protect against Zika or other … [Read more...]