Traveling in general with young kids can be a challenge, but RVing with kids comes with its own unique hurdles. You’re on the road a lot, you’re all together in close quarters, and your plans can change in an instant. Needless to say, there are a few tips on how best to RV with kids. If you’re doing the same, here are a few tricks we can pass along:
Bring road trip entertainment
You’re inevitably going to hear, “I’m bored” or “Are we there yet?” So, try to have a few activities ready to give the kids in the car to take their minds off the miles ahead. You can pack an entertainment bag full of car goodies that sits in between their seats.
Get out when you need to
If tensions rise on your way to the campsite, take a break. Stop at a travel center or rest area and reset.
Keep your itinerary flexible
No matter what your plans, whether it is a beach day at the park or sightseeing, be flexible. Nothing kills a day faster than a cranky child, so plan your most important activity in the morning. If the kids’ moods take a turn, skip out of the other activities and head back to the campsite.
You can solve a lot of problems by just asking, “Do you want to take a break and have a snack?” Aside from problem-solving, kids are always hungry, so having snacks on hand is always helpful.
Pack simple meals
You don’t want to spend your entire time in the kitchen prepping meals, so keep your meals simple. Plan on doing sandwiches, foil meals you can toss on the grill, and camping staples like hamburgers and hot dogs.
Bring board games
After a long day of fun outside, consider winding down with a board game or two. Bring five or six games for each trip.
Try to find a campground with on-site activities
If you can, stay somewhere with an on-site beach, playground, or other activities.