Children and Camping- these two words not only signify plenty of fun but also arouse worries in parents. While traveling in an RV is a great option for keeping the kids 24/7 with you, you have to plan each and every step of your camping vacation very consciously and carefully. This includes selecting the best suitable RV, choosing the camping site, gathering all the necessary items, checking the weather and much more. I recently went on RVing and camping with little kids, and I know how challenging it is to manage these impatient souls! But I managed to make camping with children a pleasant memory. Let’s see how I did this!
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Make the RV your home
‘Are we there?’, ‘When will it come?’, ‘Have we reached?’ Are you familiar with these questions? You must be because that’s what children keep asking when you are on a journey. (Plenty of toys, video games, or picture books are not going to work!) The reason behind this is that they feel uncomfortable anywhere except home. That’s where choosing the right RV comes into the picture. Check if there are enough beds, water, entertainment, first-aid box and other important things in the RV. Better ask your kids what they require before you start planning your trip.
Design suitable activities
The best way to keep the children engaging is to design interesting activities for them. As camping comes with an opportunity for relaxing as well as learning new things, activities should be designed such way that it improves the knowledge of your kids with fun. You can ask your kids to make their own sandwiches, organize a story contest during the campfire, or make them a ‘nature explorer’. You can also keep a micro-kit of paper, pen, glue, and stickers in your RV and let them explore their creativity.
Do an advance research on the Campsite
Well, this is something we all do. But with children, you have to be extra careful! As soon as kids step out of the RV, they need fun. You might love a camping site where you can enjoy a chatting with friends under the star-studded sky or listen to your favorite music in the cool breeze coming over the trees. But this is not how you can enjoy with kids (or to be more specific, children won’t). So, search for the place where they can build the sand castle, swim, explore the hidden place, in short, do some ACTIVITIES. Also, make sure that the site has some restaurants nearby (for kids, hunger is unpredictable).
Guide them on safety and courtesy
I think this should be an important aspect of every vacation planning. To experience the best of camping, you can guide your kids to follow some safety measures in case of an emergency. Teach them by providing real-life examples. Also, teach them how they can maintain the environment clean, respect the privacy of other campers, or help their family by doing small chores.
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