Darrin Michael currently serves as the eCommerce/Marketing Director at Dave Arbogast Van Depot in Troy, Ohio, where he writes about the RV industry daily. His work has been featured on Woodalls.com, RVtrader.com, RV-pro.com and more. When he's not covering the RV lifestyle, he enjoys spending time in the Great Outdoors.
Traveling with children can be a big challenge regardless of the age of the children and the type of vehicle utilized. Taking an RV can have much more in the way of room and comfort for everyone involved. The sleeping quarters are much better than those that can be had in even the nicest of tents. There are also more options when it comes to equipment and games. Here's three tips for RV travel.
Burn Some Energy at Rest Areas
Long road trips can lead to trying times because of excessive boredom. To avoid the seemingly endless monotony of driving down the road for 10 hours, frequent stops might become a necessity. Rest areas are not needed for the usual reason by those using RVs because of self-contained bathrooms, but it is still a good idea to get out and stretch periodically while driving. Many rest areas include short walking trails, picnic areas and playgrounds. All of these can be a great change of pace for children. Some rest areas can also be free campgrounds for a few hours at night. Frisbees or footballs are great toys that kids can use to burn some of that pent-up energy that builds up during a long drive. Families with dogs might want to get out a tennis ball and play catch with Rover as long is it is not near moving vehicles.
Activities for the Road
After getting back in the RV after a short break, it is still a good idea to have something to keep children occupied. The available options are much better now than they were twenty or thirty (or even 10) years ago. Portable DVD players can show children's favorite movies. By using ear buds, each kid can watch his or her own portable device, and this leads to less fighting and complaining. Tablet computer or portable gaming systems can also help keep children occupied while driving long distances in an RV. Of course, there are also traditional games do not resort to modern technology and can still provide fun times. A deck of cards can lead to enjoyment with any number of games such as Old Maid, Go Fish or Rummy. I Spy is still a favorite for kids who try to stump parents or siblings. Looking for signs that spell the alphabet can take quite a bit of time and engage children at the same time.
At the Campground
Most of the time a campground (or a few campgrounds) is the destination in an RV. Those traveling with children will want to make sure that there is plenty to do in an RV. Children like campgrounds with many activities. Pool and playgrounds are common as are game rooms and mini golf. Campgrounds that sit alongside rivers or lakes are also popular. These environments can contribute to wonderful activities like wildlife watching and fishing. Some of the activities listed above can be done without bringing any extra equipment. It is important to bring the proper gear for those activities that require specific tools or equipment. Traveling with children can be a challenge, but by using some of these tips, an RV road trip can be filled with all sorts of wonderful events that children will remember for life.
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