Family Fun: Proven Tips for Traveling With Small Kids

RVing makes traveling as a family more fun and more affordable. But that doesn’t mean it’s without its challenges, especially if you’re traveling with small children. When you’re traveling in a tight space, even if it’s a large Class A motorhome, you still need to find ways to keep your little ones happy and enjoying your summer camping trips. Here are a few tips to help you keep smiles on everyone’s face whether you’re driving to your destination or are parked and staying in one spot for a few days.

Be Willing to Take More Breaks
You might be able to drive for eight hours without stopping for more than a quick lunch, but that doesn’t mean your young kids can do the same. Be prepared to take more breaks throughout the day. You can use those breaks to experience roadside attractions or sights that you otherwise might blow past. It may also be helpful to schedule shorter drive days so your kids can get out and run around at the campground sooner. 

Give Them Their Own Play Space
Your kids will still need room to play throughout your trip. If you can, set up a dedicated play space for them inside and outside your rig. All you need is a colorful blanket or mat. Let them know that they’re able to play on the mat whenever they want. This can help control the amount of toy clutter that happens indoors and may give you additional space to take care of food prep or even work if you’re working on the road. Once the kids are down or worn out, you can always fold the mat back up to free up space.

Take Advantage of the Outdoors
Your RV may have a limited amount of space for everyone to spread out in, but that doesn’t mean your trip needs to feel cramped. Instead of keeping everyone inside, make use of your outdoor space as much as possible. If the weather is nice, eat your meals at your campsite’s picnic table. Let the kids spend time at the playground if there is one. Encourage your family to spend time around the firepit at night and disconnect from your mobile devices while you’re at it. This can help you connect with each other while also letting you avoid feeling like your RV is overly cramped.

Bring a Sound Machine With You
Campgrounds often have quiet hours, but that doesn’t mean they’re as quiet as your house might be. And if you and the other adults in your family are staying up later, noise inside your RV might keep your kids awake. Mitigate the amount of noise inside your RV by bringing a white noise or sound machine with you. Set it up in your kids’ sleeping area and let it help block out unwanted noise.

RVing With Small Kids Is Doable
Traveling with small kids in an RV can be tough, but with a little advanced preparation and effort, you’ll be able to enjoy your trip without your rig feeling cramped. Just make sure all of your appliances are working well and can keep up with the needs your family has. goHomePort’s RV service and repair team is here to help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at a location near you.
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