Kid Friendly RV vacation camping trips are among the most liberating, enjoyable, and memorable experiences you could share with your family, while also teaching your children some necessary lessons about responsibility and cherishing the beautiful natural surroundings.
However, if you’re just planning your first campervan trip, you might be a bit apprehensive as to how you will manage to pack everything and how the family will cope in such a small space.
Thankfully, there’s no need to worry. Here are some of the best beginner tips that will help make any family RV vacation a more pleasant and rewarding experience for everyone involved:
Choose The Most Suitable RV Type
From towable RVs to large motorhomes, campervans can come in a wide array of types and sizes.
When choosing the best and most suitable option for your family, keep in mind the number of family members that will be going on vacation, as well as any necessary amenities you might need.
While there should be enough room for everyone to sit and sleep comfortably, you might also have other unique requirements, such as a more spacious kitchen if you plan on preparing meals for the family, or even tech like TVs and a good Wi-Fi signal in case you need something to keep the kids occupied on the road.
Prepare Your Campervan In Advance
Doing a thorough check-up of your RV before you head out on your trip is one of the most important things you could do in order to ensure your family’s safety on the road.
However, campervan travel preparations might require a bit more effort than that. You should also equip your vehicle with enough food and drinks, necessary cooking and other supplies, as well emergency kits in advance, to make sure you are properly prepared.
It might also be a good idea to include your kids in the packing process, to make the work a bit easier, while also teaching your children the necessary RV travel responsibilities.
Invest In Safety And Security Features
Apart from ensuring your campervan is in great working condition, you might also want to think about additional safety features when traveling with children.
For instance, installing a quality RV camera system would be a great idea, as not only will it allow you to park and maneuver your campervan more easily, but it might also turn out to be quite beneficial if you have small kids that like to run around your vehicle.
Similarly, including a few other security features like a good alarm system could also be useful, if the safety of your family is your main concern.
Select The Most Fitting Campground
Although current circumstances might come with some restrictions, your post-pandemic adventures will surely include spending the night, or even a couple of days, in an RV campground.
For that reason, you might want to include the entire family in the conversation when selecting the best park or campground for your needs.
While the general rule would be to opt for camping sites that offer playgrounds or other safe areas for the kids to play, consider your preferred family activities, such as hiking, swimming, and playing games as well. This will help you to find the best compromise in the most fitting natural surroundings, which will cater to everyone’s wishes.
Carefully Plan The Route Beforehand
While it’s likely that your children and even pets will require frequent stops to rest, stretch their legs, and get some fresh air, you need to keep in mind that making stops with an RV isn’t quite as simple as with other vehicles.
Campervans tend to take up much more space, and often require larger parking places. That is why it would be wise to carefully plan out your entire route in advance, including any truck-friendly locations where you can safely park your RV.
Try to make these rest stops as often as possible, as they will help to keep the entire family much happier and more relaxed.
Don’t forget to relax and have fun
Even though RV camping might be a different form of vacation, it’s a holiday no less, and still represents a time for relaxation, unwinding, and fun.
So, aim to be as flexible and adaptable as you can, and don’t stress too much if things don’t go according to plan.
Instead, focus on how rare spending so much time with your family is, and try to make the best of it.
Laugh and play games with your kids, plan some interesting activities, or have a barbecue and eat s’mores by the fire; no matter what you choose to do, just relax, have fun, and create some wonderful memories your kids will surely cherish forever.
As long as you follow the helpful tips mentioned above, you will be able to create a safe and exciting RV camping experience the entire family will undoubtedly enjoy.
My name is Andrea Thompson and I’m a home based freelance writer. I’m 23 years old, married to my best friend, and mother to a wonderfully independent and opinionated 3 year old girl and step-mother to a sweet seven year old boy. I live in a tiny, little town in Kentucky, where I spend my free time fishing with my kids.
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