Planning an RV Trip with Your Kids in Mind


If you have kids, they are probably one of the main reasons you purchased an RV in the first place. Most kids love to go camping, and traveling with an RV instead of staying in a tent makes for a much more enjoyable experience for the whole family. Your RV will provide many of the comforts of home, without the hard work that is required to set up and live inside of a tent for a few days. Without a doubt, there are many RV owners who were first motivated to get into this lifestyle by the prospect of providing a great time for their kids.

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Given the right activities, kids love to go camping.
Given the right activities, kids love to go camping.

So, if you would like to make sure your kids are having fun on each RV trip that you take, it would be smart to plan your trips with them in mind. After all, even though kids tend to love RV travel, not all RV trips are created equal. By picking out a destination and activities that appeal to kids, you can set yourself up for an enjoyable experience from start to finish.

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Plenty of Action

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With few exceptions, kids like to stay busy. For you, a vacation might be a chance to slow down, get away from work, and just relax. However, most kids don’t like to relax. They like to be on the go, doing one thing after the next throughout the day. With that in mind, make sure your destination will provide for plenty of kid-friendly activities that keep them engaged and excited. You don’t want to wind up with bored kids who can’t find anything to do, as expecting them to just sit around for long periods of time is unrealistic. Plan for plenty of action throughout the trip to make sure they are having fun as often as possible.

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Limit the Road Time

Going along with the previous point about kids getting bored, you might want to keep them in mind when deciding how far from home you are willing to drive. It might be good for kids to learn how to sit still in the RV for a period of time, but pushing that time too far is just asking for trouble. Pick out a destination that is a reasonable drive from home so that your kids aren’t bored before you even get to the campground to start your trip.

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Find Ways for Them to Help

There are plenty of chores involved with owning and operating an RV, so it is a great idea to find ways to have the kids help get this work done. Asking them to help will give them a sense of ownership in the process, and it will also help you to get everything done faster. Of course, any task that you assign to the kids should be simple, and it needs to be safe for them to perform. Always supervise what they are doing, and teach them how the RV works at every opportunity. As they get older, you should be able to get more and more help from them, and they just might grow up to own their own RV’s one day.

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