Traveling With Kids by RV

Traveling With Kids by RV
Family vacations come in all different varieties, and some parents take camping or RV trips with their kids because it helps save money. Instead of paying for expensive hotel rooms and meals, you stay inside your camper and make meals there, too. But before you start traveling with kids by RV, make sure your kids can handle it.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Step 1
Make sure your kids can handle spending a large portion of their time inside an RV. Some kids can't handle the long drives and lack of time outside, which means reevaluating your trip. Your kids should be as excited about the trip as you are.
Step 2
Look for RV parks and campgrounds that offer activities specifically for kids. Many have game rooms, swimming pools and a playground, and others offer kid-friendly activities such as arts and crafts, dance parties and video game tournaments.
Step 3
Bring items from home that keep your kids occupied and make them more comfortable. A favorite stuffed animal or blanket can go a long way toward making your kids feel comfortable and at home on the road. A music player works well for older kids.
Step 4
Play car games with your kids to help reduce boredom. License plate bingo and the alphabet game help break up the monotony of traveling in a camper for long periods. Another option is to stop every few hours to let your kids play and work off some of their energy.
Step 5
Let your kids help set up camp at each of your stops. You want to get your kids involved in the process, which makes them feel like they're helping on your trip. Try finding small tasks that the kids can do, such as setting out the chairs, finding the restrooms, mapping out routes to your next stop or finding things to do in the area.

Tips & Warnings

Put ground rules in place before you leave on your camping trip, and let your kids know what they can and can't do while the vehicle is moving. Make sure your kids know they can't run around the RV or play games while it's moving.
Make foods at the campground that your kids can help make such as biscuits, hot dogs, corn on the cob and other items. Look for foods that are easy to eat and that little hands can easily hold.

Article Written By Jennifer Eblin

Jennifer Eblin has been a full-time freelance writer since 2006. Her work has appeared on several websites, including Tool Box Tales and Zonder. Eblin received a master's degree in historic preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

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