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From my extensive road-tripping experience, here are some tried-and-true tips to ensure that your RV vacation goes smoothly.
Just see the Family Travel Poll Results, which showed most respondents’ dream family vacation is RVing around the U.S
1. Plan Your Route and Campsites in Advance
While spontaneity can add excitement to your trip, it’s essential to map out your route and potential campsites ahead of time. Some popular RV parks fill up quickly, especially during peak season, so reservations might be necessary.
2. Balance Travel Time with Down Time
While it might be tempting to pack your itinerary with numerous destinations, remember that children need downtime. Balance your travel schedule to include relaxed days at the campsite to rest, play, and enjoy your surroundings.
3. Keep a Handle on Packing
The storage space in an RV can tempt you to bring along all your children’s favorite toys and gadgets. However, excessive packing can lead to clutter and frustration. Stick to the essentials and a select few comfort items.
4. Stock Up on Healthy Snacks
Having a variety of healthy snacks on hand can stave off hunger-induced meltdowns during your journey. Opt for non-perishable, easy-to-eat items that won’t create a mess in your moving home.
5. Plan for All Weather Conditions
Remember to pack clothing for all types of weather, even if you’re traveling in the summer. A sudden rainstorm or cold snap can happen anytime, and being prepared will make these shifts more manageable.
6. Create a Daily Routine
Children often thrive on routine, and creating a simple daily schedule can help them adjust to life on the road. Incorporate regular meal times, rest periods, and bedtime rituals into your RV routine.
7. Bring Entertainment
Traveling by RV often means spending long hours on the road. Keep your kids entertained with a mix of traditional games, books, and digital entertainment.
8. Stay Safe
Ensure your family’s safety by adhering to speed limits, taking regular breaks to rest, and maintaining your RV in good working order. Familiarize yourself with the safety features of your RV and make sure all family members know what to do in case of an emergency.
The unique aspects of RV travel can create lasting memories and instill a love of adventure in your kids. While there are considerations to weigh, the freedom, flexibility, and family bonding that RV travel offers are hard to beat.
With the right planning and mindset, your family’s RV trip can be a remarkable and rewarding experience. Enjoy the journey!