If you’ve had some fun traveling as a solo woman, it’s no wonder that you’d want to share life-changing moments with your family at some point in time. An RV trip is a great way to share some family-bonding experiences and explore the nature and and activities available around the world.
It’s not only fun for your children, but educational as well. By traveling to new places, you help them gain a better understanding of the world around them. And by traveling in an RV, you can also teach them valuable lessons, like how to manage time, pack for trips, and live well together in smaller spaces. Whether you’re taking your first RV camper trip or are an experienced traveler, there are a handful of tips you can follow to ensure a successful trip. Here’s what you should know:
Choose the Right RV
Choosing the right RV for your family trip can make or break your adventure. RVs come in all shapes and sizes, and it’s also important to note that some RVs are not permitted on certain campgrounds. If you have your heart set on specific destinations and specific campgrounds, it’s best to take at look at their RV requirements before you make any decisions.
One of the first steps you’ll make is to conduct a search for RV rentals in your local area. Some of the best RV rental companies include Outdoorsy, an RV rental company with campers available around the country; RVShare, a peer-to-peer rental platform (think of it like Airbnb for RV and camper bookings), and CruiseAmerica, a company with a large fleet of motorhomes and rental centers.
All of these are viable options; you can also rent from smaller, local independent companies. No matter where you book an RV from, be sure to have dedicated RV insurance like this Good Sam Extended Service Plan.
Pack the Right Way
Packing is a major part of the RV experience. With the right packing tips, you’ll have everything you need in order to have a successful trip. And believe it or not, packing for this type of trip is both an art and a science. While you shouldn’t stress out about packing, or worry too much about the smaller details, always remember it’s better to be overprepared. Many parents mistakenly believe that packing light is always the answer, and then run into situations where they need things they don’t have.
In addition to all the essentials your children will need, always have medical emergencies in mind. First aid kits, vitamins, medicines, teething tablets, and car sickness remedies are all staples. Additionally, bring along some familiar items from home that help make your kids feel comfortable on the road, like a blanket or stuffed animal. And lastly, allow your kids to help and get involved, which makes them feel more a part of the trip.
Choose Great RV Parks
RV parks are designated areas where RVs can park and stay overnight, or for several days. All across the country, there are family-friendly RV parks that make it easy for kids and parents to have a good night’s rest in a temporary base. With a family in tow, ideally you want a place that’s cozy and quiet, while also having activities to keep the little ones occupied.
For example, at the Mission Bay RV Resort in San Diego, you’ll find a park full of hot showers, laundry facilities, Wi-Fi, convenience stores, and even a dog park. Even Disney has their own RV campsite called Fort Wilderness, which is nestled in a forested setting and offers plenty of fun activities on-site, like horseback riding, archery, and canoeing. Check out this list of some of the best RV parks in America.
Map Out Your Stops
Now that you’ve taken a look at some of the more family-oriented RV parks around the world, it’s time to start mapping out your stops. Everyone has a different method for approaching their travel itinerary. Often, there’s a particular destination in mind you’d like to go to. For example, if you want to take the family to visit the Grand Canyon, you’d start researching the proper route to take and which campgrounds to stop at along that route.
However, families with a more open idea of where to go might approach the itinerary in reverse, considering the campgrounds they’d like to stay at, a mapping out destinations they can visit based on where they want to sleep overnight. Whatever the case, a clear plan can prevent headaches. It helps to use itinerary applications like Travefy to map out your entire route. Other itinerary applications to consider include TripIt and RoadTrippers.