Welcome to The Walking Mermaid

The Walking Mermaid is an outdoor family travel blog. It is focused on inspiring other families to disconnect from their daily lives and to reconnect through nature. My blog shares a variety of blog posts and guides to help your family get outdoors and plan your trips safely. I also share gear reviews to help you explore with the best gear and products out there that we personally tested, trust, and love.

Unlike most family travel blogs, I also like to share blogging tips to help other outdoor bloggers get their journey. I highly believe that when we work together we can accomplish many things. I hope that through my tips and resources other bloggers can inspire other families to travel outdoors too.

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Hi there, I'm Jessica!

I am the story teller behind The Walking Mermaid. I am a wife and mother to two beautiful girls. A coffee addict and wine lover. I also have a huge love for the mountains and the the ocean. Through my blog I hope to inspire families to spend more time outdoors. My goal is to create family friendly outdoor travel guides to share with you. This way you can safely explore outdoors with your own family and even visit the places I’ve been to.

I am currently based out of the state of Tennessee. I love to explore through the southeast of the United States. It has a lot to offer but so does our entire country. Our main goal as a family is to travel to all 50 states and even the world if the opportunity presents itself.

Hi there, I'm Jessica!

I am the story teller behind The Walking Mermaid. I am a wife and mother to two beautiful girls. A coffee addict and wine lover. I also have a huge love for the mountains and the the ocean. Through my blog I hope to inspire families to spend more time outdoors. My goal is to create family friendly outdoor travel guides to share with you. This way you can safely explore outdoors with your own family and even visit the places I’ve been to.

I am currently based out of the state of Tennessee. I love to explore through the southeast of the United States. It has a lot to offer but so does our entire country. Our main goal as a family is to travel to all 50 states and even the world if the opportunity presents itself.

Latest on the blog!

camper kitchen storage with lunchboxes, fruits, tumblers, and a coffee maker

Ultimate Camper Kitchen Packing and Storage Guide: Perfect for RVs, Camper Trailers and Fifth Wheels

After living in our camper trailer for a year, I have come to find all the useful items for our camper kitchen that keeps things organized and easy to manage. Having a small kitchen was a huge adjustment for us. Learning how to cook in a propane oven was definitely a curve ball too. Storage was a big mess at first. Things were everywhere! We felt so unorganized and unprepared for the downsizing. It took a lot of learning, a lot of research, and a lot of measuring to find the best items for our camper kitchen to make it work for our family of five.

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Top of Makapu'u Lighthouse Trail

The Top 5 Kid-Friendly Hikes in Oahu, Hawai’i

On a beautiful day such as today, where the sky is bright and sunny, full of life and not too hot, I would grab my girls and go on a beautiful hike. Now hiking with little ones is not easy so sometimes choosing a hike that is good for the kids can be a little challenging. If you are visiting Hawaii you will come to find that Hawaii is filled with all sorts of hikes for any hiking experience level. For this reason I have decided to make it a little easier for you by creating this list of my top five favorite kid friendly hikes in Oahu. You will come to find that there is a little bit of everything in this list. From ocean views on top of volcanic craters to waterfalls in the rain forest and even mountain top scenes. You are destined to have a very amazing experience when venturing of to any of these hikes.

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a woman holding a map during a road trip and reading her route

20 Things To Do Before Going on a Family Road Trip

Family road trips are a lot of fun but when you don’t plan accordingly or prepare in advance, things can go wrong. In this road trip guide I am going to share with you the top twenty things to do before you go on your family road trip. From preparing for your road trip, cleaning your home, how to prepare your car, and much more.

With this road trip guide you are sure to be able to go on your trip with some peace of mind that everything will go well. Though emergencies and unexpected delays may always happen, having a good plan in place can make a world of a difference.

Read More »

Latest on the blog!

camper kitchen storage with lunchboxes, fruits, tumblers, and a coffee maker

Ultimate Camper Kitchen Packing and Storage Guide: Perfect for RVs, Camper Trailers and Fifth Wheels

After living in our camper trailer for a year, I have come to find all the useful items for our camper kitchen that keeps things organized and easy to manage. Having a small kitchen was a huge adjustment for us. Learning how to cook in a propane oven was definitely a curve ball too. Storage was a big mess at first. Things were everywhere! We felt so unorganized and unprepared for the downsizing. It took a lot of learning, a lot of research, and a lot of measuring to find the best items for our camper kitchen to make it work for our family of five.

Read More »
Top of Makapu'u Lighthouse Trail

The Top 5 Kid-Friendly Hikes in Oahu, Hawai’i

On a beautiful day such as today, where the sky is bright and sunny, full of life and not too hot, I would grab my girls and go on a beautiful hike. Now hiking with little ones is not easy so sometimes choosing a hike that is good for the kids can be a little challenging. If you are visiting Hawaii you will come to find that Hawaii is filled with all sorts of hikes for any hiking experience level. For this reason I have decided to make it a little easier for you by creating this list of my top five favorite kid friendly hikes in Oahu. You will come to find that there is a little bit of everything in this list. From ocean views on top of volcanic craters to waterfalls in the rain forest and even mountain top scenes. You are destined to have a very amazing experience when venturing of to any of these hikes.

Read More »
a woman holding a map during a road trip and reading her route

20 Things To Do Before Going on a Family Road Trip

Family road trips are a lot of fun but when you don’t plan accordingly or prepare in advance, things can go wrong. In this road trip guide I am going to share with you the top twenty things to do before you go on your family road trip. From preparing for your road trip, cleaning your home, how to prepare your car, and much more.

With this road trip guide you are sure to be able to go on your trip with some peace of mind that everything will go well. Though emergencies and unexpected delays may always happen, having a good plan in place can make a world of a difference.

Read More »
a woman holding a cup of coffee while sitting on a log while camping

Brewing Coffee Outdoors – 11 Ways To Make Camp Coffee!

Nothing beats a good morning like waking up outdoors to the morning breeze and a fresh cup of camp coffee. It is by far one of my favorite ways to wake up. That cool morning breeze, the smell of campfire and freshly brewed coffee, and the sound of birds singing. It is such a relaxing way to start the day. I have decided to make your camp coffee routine a little easier by creating this guide on how to make coffee outdoors. There are many many ways to make camp coffee but I have narrowed it down to eleven ways that can fit any outdoor adventure.

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This planner includes packing lists, itinerary, camp planning, meal planning, hiking planning, & much more. You will also receive full access to our “Resource Library” created only for our TWM Tribe Members. By subscribing to our email list you will receive a variety of outdoor activities, camping and hiking resources, and much more. 

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Join our Tribe!

Subscribe to our email list and receive this 21 PAGE CAMPING TRIP PLANNER!

This planner includes packing lists, itinerary, camp planning, meal planning, hiking planning, & much more. You will also receive full access to our “Resource Library” created only for our TWM Tribe Members. By subscribing to our email list you will receive a variety of outdoor activities, camping and hiking resources, and much more. 

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