RVing With Children

RVing can be a wonderful experience for children, whether it is for a weekend, an extended trip, or even full-time. Travel and visiting new places stimulates a child’s curiosity and provides a wealth of learning experiences.

There is no reason why your children can’t enjoy RVing as much as you do.

Whether it is a weekend trip or a way of life, RVing offers many benefits to families. One is cost—a family with children can usually camp more economically than they can stay in motels and eat out in restaurants. It is also more convenient and healthier—having a fully equipped kitchen on board, the security of familiar surroundings, and not having to pack and unpack suitcases.

Cajun Palms RV Resort near Breaux Bridge, Louisiana has great amenities for families with children of all ages. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Cajun Palms RV Resort near Breaux Bridge, Louisiana has great amenities for families with children of all ages. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Campgrounds generally provide an enjoyable environment for children. There is room to run and make noise, and often other children with whom to play.

Many campgrounds cater to children, with hay rides and other activities.

RVing with children presents its own unique challenges and rewards. Few other modes of travel present as many opportunities to open your children’s eyes to the world around them as RVing does.

And having the entire family with you sets the stage for so many priceless memories. Read more about what to expect and how to help everyone have a great time.

Teaching

Point things out along the road and make a game of it.

Teach your children about nature and wildlife, and about respecting it.

Children of all ages love aquariums. Pictured above Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute at Hyannis on Cape Cod. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Children of all ages love aquariums. Pictured above Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute at Hyannis on Cape Cod. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Give your children experiences they’ve never had before, like sleeping under the stars.

Meet new people and broaden your children’s cultural horizons.

Create a family map that shows all the places you’ve been together, and let the youngsters add dots for each trip completed.

Playing

After arriving at a new campground, one of the first things to do is check out the available activities. Some of this information is contained in campground directories, which can help you choose the best campground for your family. Look for campgrounds with playgrounds, pools, and arts and crafts activities.

It is a good idea to channel your children’s energy into outdoor activities, especially if your RV is crowded. Get your children outside as often as possible to enjoy the nature around them.

Switch up your routines so the kids don’t get bored with the same old activities. Encourage the youngsters to invent their own activities and games.

Have rainy day entertainment on hand, such as movies, board games, cards, and in-door crafts.

Bring plenty of on-the-road entertainment for long drives between destinations.

Children boats and boat trips. Pictured above passenger boat en route to Cumberland Island National Seashore, Georgia. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Children boats and boat trips. Pictured above passenger boat en route to Cumberland Island National Seashore, Georgia. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Helping

Give each of your children tasks to help with the RV and rewards for completing them. Make sure each child has their own designated space (bed or play area) and hold them responsible for keeping it clean.

Packing

Clothes should be interchangeable, durable, and easy to clean.

Many toys and games are suitable for traveling, but avoid any toy that makes annoying noises. Get the most for the least by choosing small toys like small cars or dolls. Toys that give the child options and stimulate creativity, such as Legos, Barbie dolls with interchangeable outfits, and children’s computers with a selection of learning programs, are ideal. Bikes and outdoor toys encourage outdoor play. And if your RV has a VCR, some children’s movies can be a lifesaver on a rainy day.

Things To Expect

You may have to make more stops with kids.

You might have to get creative with sleeping arrangements.

Privacy can be limited inside the RV.

Finding the right pace for your family may take some time and experience.

It’ll be a learning experience for everyone involved.

Taking your family hiking. Pictured above Catalina State Park near Tucson, Arizona. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Taking your family hiking. Pictured above Catalina State Park near Tucson, Arizona. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Whether you are planning a weekend trip, an extended vacation or full-timing with children, it can be a rewarding experience for everyone.

Worth Pondering…

We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.

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