More families than ever are hitting the open road and heading to RV parks and campgrounds this summer. Recreational vehicles provide a great way to travel during a pandemic, and these families are making the most of RV parks and amenities as they travel across the United States and other countries without the need for close quarters in hotels. If you and your family are considering a road trip this year, there are a few things to consider before packing your bags and filling those tanks. For RV entertainment ideas for the entire family and kids at every age, to destinations and bigger plans, read on.
Solid Travel Plans
One of the best ways to ensure the entire family will have a great time on your next road trip is to make a reservation for a space at a premier RV park. With amenities like Wi-Fi, community meeting spaces, fire pits, playground options, laundry facilities, and more, these parks offer something for all ages. Set up much like campgrounds in many cases, RV parks are a great way to meet like-minded travelers and locals, too.
In 2021, the RV industry is booming, and with more families than ever traveling in recreational vehicles, it’s important that you make reservations at any destination. Even if you hope to take advantage of a free campsite on public land, you’ll want to call the state park or forestry service to check about Covid-19 rules and regulations ahead of time. Being prepared will mean a better experience for all and ensure that you have a great place to stay.
Games for the Road
When traveling with kids and toddlers, it’s a good idea to pack toys they can pull out on the road. Consider toys like magnetic blocks and trivia cards to keep kids of all ages entertained during your travels. Some parents have great luck with downloading kid-friendly apps on tablets and other devices for children on the road. A great way to keep kids occupied is by having a combination of electronics and toys they can play with will make your drive time more peaceful.
Regardless of where you go, it’s likely you’ll have days where the weather’s not optimal. Think about planning for indoor days where kids can make puzzles, crafts, and enjoy activities away from the TV. For those sunny days, be sure to bring swimming tubes, life jackets, sunscreen, umbrellas, and picnic baskets. The better you pack ahead of time, the more likely it is that everyone will have fun on the trip.
When planning a trip with kids, one way to help them get excited is to ask them to help pack their favorite items. By allowing each kid to bring a favorite toy, stuffed animal, or blanket, you’ll be giving them packing and planning skills they can use in the future should they decide to become travelers.
Reading for the Road
The same way you’ll want to pick up some books for the kids during travel time, it’s a good idea to think of your own interests. For many people, RV travel allows them to get closer to nature and is a time of spirituality. These travelers often pick up prayer books or head on over to their favorite Catholic book publishing company for reading material for any trip.
Maybe you’ll be spending a month boon docking by a national park. Few things could be as peaceful as reading a favorite book as the sun rises or sets. When thinking about reading materials for you and the rest of the family, consider magazines and travel guides, too. You might be surprised how many tips you can pick up in a travel guide of the area you’ll be traveling to.
If your plan is to spend time with your family on the road, the reality is that you’re probably looking forward to creating memories together. If making memories is at the top of your bucket list, think about investing in quality digital equipment like cameras, drones, and more to capture your favorite moments. Whether your ultimate plan is to create a trip video to upload to YouTube or you’re hoping to make a scrapbook of your trip, having high quality pictures to look back on will help make those memories stick.
When planning an RV trip for the entire family, consider each individual person’s interests. Maybe you have one child who loves nature and another with a specific interest in aliens. By finding places to encourage both interests, you’ll be more likely to keep the kids engaged. As you plan your trip, don’t forget to consider your own needs and interests, too. Many people make the mistake of leaving their own interests and passions out when planning a trip with family.
At the end of the day, if you take the time to consider each member of your family’s interests, unique destinations, entertainment for driving days, and more, you’ll be in a better position to enjoy your RV adventures even more. Happy travels to you and your family! Don’t forget to take pictures.