Articles by: Amelia Mayer

SportRx Oakley Custom Prescription Sunglasses Review

SportRx Oakley Custom Prescription Sunglasses Review

My vision is really nothing to complain much about – I can legally drive without contacts or glasses. However, I do need a little “help” and especially appreciate wearing Rx glasses when I am outside playing. I want to be able to spot the wildlife further away and anticipate changes in the trail (both of which are tough for my “naked eyes”). Therefore, I am constantly on the search for the perfect Rx sunglasses (because even on a cloudy day, sun protection is essential.)

by February 18, 2014 0 comments Gear
Yakima Skybox Review

Yakima Skybox Review

The Yakima SkyBox Pro 21 has become a rather permanent fixture on the top of our minivan. While there are a few things we think could be improved, it has drastically helped us travel with more, be more organized (by limiting gear in the actual car), and cut down on the gas mileage of driving a bigger car (or truck).

by September 9, 2013 0 comments Gear
What’s In Your Day Bag? – Amelia Mayer

What’s In Your Day Bag? – Amelia Mayer

I usually carry everything in my Osprey Mira 34 – it’s big enough to handle it all and keep it organized with plenty of pockets. Plus, it’s super comfortable to wear all day long!

by July 9, 2013 0 comments Gear, Skills
Pack-It Specter Cube Set Review

Pack-It Specter Cube Set Review

Packing for a 10 day camping trip for a family of four (with two children under age 4) can be tough. The kids have really small items (underwear, socks, diapers, mittens, hats, etc.) that tend to get lost easily, and more often than not, we have something wet we have to deal with (dirty clothes, wet swim suits, etc.) It was the perfect opportunity to put the Pack-It Specter Cube Set from Eagle Creek to the final test before publishing our review.

by June 10, 2013 0 comments Gear
Book Review: “Camping with Kids: The Complete Guide to Car, Tent and RV Camping”

Book Review: “Camping with Kids: The Complete Guide to Car, Tent and RV Camping”

This book is geared towards families just starting to camp together and looking for some advice on how to make it easier. Half the book (literally) is focused on the actual planning of the trip: foods to bring, games to play in the car on the way there, gear to obtain and pack, etc.

by April 11, 2013 0 comments Gear
The Best of Outdoor Retailer for Kids and Families

The Best of Outdoor Retailer for Kids and Families

When we hit Outdoor Retailer, we are looking for the gear that is going to help families get outside better together. While I always wish they had a section of Outdoor Retailer for kids, we managed to dig deep enough to find some real treasures. Some of this gear is available now and some won’t hit markets until the end of the year.

by March 4, 2013 0 comments Gear
Deuter Kid Carrier II

Deuter Kid Carrier II

Though buying any sort of kid carrier is an investment that is best made with first-hand experience trying them on, the Deuter Kid Carriers fit most people well. At 5’3”, I set it to it’s lowest shoulder strap setting and it can easily accommodate the 6’ something hiker as well. Like all Deuter packs, it is well thought-out, clearly with outdoor families in mind! We give the Deuter Kid Carrier II two thumbs up!

by October 31, 2012 0 comments Gear
Deuter Starlight EXP Sleeping Bag for Kids

Deuter Starlight EXP Sleeping Bag for Kids

While we are out camping with our kids we rely heavily on our gear to make sure they stay safe and warm. There is really[Read More…]

by October 22, 2012 0 comments Gear
Staying Cool in Merino Wool (All Summer Long)

Staying Cool in Merino Wool (All Summer Long)

Our kids are out on adventures with us all year long. We invest in quality gear and clothing because we know it makes a difference. The day just goes better when we are not worried about who is hot, getting sunburnt, fighting the cold, remaining wet or is just plain ol’ grumpy.

by September 17, 2012 0 comments Gear
Do Your Kids Love to Hike or is it a Four-Letter-Word?

Do Your Kids Love to Hike or is it a Four-Letter-Word?

Unfortunately “H-I-K-E” to kids can all-too-easily become a “four-letter-word” they run from. It means a rapid pace, no break from mom and dad’s nagging and[Read More…]

by August 9, 2012 0 comments Community, Skills