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...]

Outdoor gear brands that give back

As a gear reviewer and travel writer, I am familiar with many travel brands and outdoor gear companies. As we head into this year's 'giving season', I'd like to highlight just a few that donate significantly to a charitable cause or program...not … [Read more...]

Camping recipe ideas and tips for fall

We enjoyed one of our last summer weekends on the Oregon Coast at Eel Creek Campground. It was cool and foggy, which meant fall camping conditions for us! We came to this part of the Oregon dunes to go sand boarding with a big group of tweens and … [Read more...]

Camping packing lists and tips

Family camping trips are an excellent way to spend time together in the outdoors and enjoy a vacation on a budget, provided you have some camping tips and hacks up your sleeve. Otherwise, it can take as long to prepare and pack for a camping trip as … [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...]

Preparing kids for mountain biking adventures

When it comes to mountain biking, kids and younger riders are often left behind. For many, the sport is viewed as dangerous and not fit for kids. However, that couldn't be further from the truth. Mountain biking is a great sport for kids of all ages. … [Read more...]

Pack the gear and go: Camping with kids in Canada

To enjoy a camping getaway with kids, it's important to plan and prepare carefully. Camping is a great way for families to spend time together with Canada's beautiful outdoors as a backdrop to all the memories you'll create. Your kids will love the … [Read more...]

PCT section hiking with teens

We've been wanting to backpack on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) long before it was cool. This summer, my 16-year-old and I finally set out, tackling almost 70 miles of the PCT in Central Oregon. We built up to this trip with years of family … [Read more...]