Going on a family RV trip is one of the best ways to spend some quality time with your loved ones. Once you arrive at your camping location, everyone can get out, stretch their legs, and enjoy the great outdoors with one another. Taking an RV trip alone or with adults only can much different than traveling with little ones.
If you’ve never taken a family RV trip, then you’ll want to do some research on what should be included in your RV packing list. To ensure the kids are kept entertained throughout the drive and the camp experience itself, you’ll want to continue reading for some solid advice on how to prepare.
Here’s a few things you’ll want to add to your RV camping list when traveling with children!
1. Favorite Items
Everyone can become homesick at times, but a trip away from home might be even more difficult for your little ones. If you pack a few favorite items from home, it’ll help make your children feel more comfortable. Plus it helps them make their ‘space’ their own!
Do they have a favorite stuffed animal that they sleep with at night? Is there a favorite blanket they like to use or a favorite toy they always play with? You may also want to take along a small battery-operated lantern to help them feel more cozy in their bunk, or tucked away on the sleeper-sofa?
Give your children the option of choosing their own favorite toy to bring along with them to make them feel close to home while away.
2. Board Games and Card Games
Board games and card games will come in handy during the road trip. Select a few different board games and a few different card games. This will give kids plenty of options while on the road.
If you have some games that normally take a long time to finish, then this would be the perfect time to play them. If you don’t have many of these games at home, then be sure to pick some up on the way.
3. A Variety of Electronics
Electronics can come in handy while on the road as well. You might not want them to bring out the electronics once arriving at the campgrounds, but you may want to have then available to use during the drive.
Laptops, portable DVD players, tablets, cell phones, and other electronics are all great ways to stay busy and distracted during long road trips. And for those parents trying to limit screen time, audio books are always a great option too! You can find audio books on-line to download before the trip, so spotty internet connections won’t be an issue. And for teenagers, make sure they download their tunes before you leave your internet behind. You’ll also want to be sure there’s a device for each child to eliminate arguing.
4. Water Toys and Outdoor Activities
If the campgrounds have a lake, a river, or a swimming pool, you’ll want to have plenty of water toys for the kids to play with. Be sure to add all your pool floats, water blasters, swim floaties, and more to your RV packing checklist as well!
Walkie talkies, binoculars, games of horseshoe, and other outdoor activities should be brought along as well. You’ll want your children to enjoy as much time outdoors as possible and bringing these kinds of toys along will provide a variety of options.
5. First Aid Kit
While we certainly hope you don’t need a first aid kit, it’s better to be prepared! When you have little ones along for the trip, you don’t want a scraped knee or a pesky mosquito bite to hamper your fun. Having a basic first aid kit stowed on-board your RV is always advisable. And there’s no need to go buy one- you probably have everything you need at home to make a suitable kit to take with you. First, make sure you get a bag that is big enough to hold all your supplies- and label it accordingly. Next, make sure everyone in the family knows where it is & what’s inside to minimize frustration if someone is asked to go get it. Third, stock it with the basics you feel best suit your family. If you’re not sure what to include, check out this list from trip savvy.
What’s on Your Family RV Packing List?
What family essentials will you include on your own RV packing list? Be sure to grab the items listed above in our guide above and you will have a head-start on your next family RV trip!
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