RV vacations continue to gain popularity, with as many as 5.9 million US families currently reporting ownership of an RV. Even if you don’t own one but dream of taking your family on an RV vacation, you can easily rent one for the required time. With more than 16,000 campgrounds and RV parking facilities all across the country, there are countless options to explore when it comes to finding your perfect vacation destination. Although planning an RV trip for the family may seem somewhat daunting, it doesn’t have to be a stress-inducing episode. You need little more than a great sense of adventure and a few basic tips to help you plan and execute a memorable family vacation.
Tips For Making Your RV Family Vacation Hassle-Free
Make sure you get the right RV
If you’re renting an RV for your family vacation, it’s important to choose one that will suit your needs. There are several things, such as your travel and vacation budget and the size of your family, that need to be considered before deciding on an RV. Ask yourself a few pertinent questions that will help you narrow down your search significantly. What built-in amenities do you require? How much can you afford to spend on RV rental? How many people need to sleep in the RV? What safety features does the vehicle need to have? Once you have answered all these questions, you can proceed to rent an RV that will make your trip not only safe but memorable as well.
Map out your stops well in advance
One of the first things you need to do after deciding to take an RV family trip is to map out your route. Keep in mind what the weather will be like during your vacation, as winter RVing is, without a doubt, more testing than a summertime trip. Decide on an ultimate destination, and then research suitable stops along the way. Aim to have at least one ‘fun’ stop during the course of each day to keep both the adults and the children in the family well-entertained. As an RV is undeniably a lot larger than your average family car, you might want to consider stopping at attractions that are not too far off the highway for the ultimate easy access.
Prepare for a long drive
When planning your RV vacation, you may envision the journey to the campsite as one of pure bliss. You can see yourself lounging on a comfortable chair and paging through a magazine, while the children happily (and quietly) watch a Disney DVD. Unfortunately, the chances of having such an uneventful ride are slim. Ensure that you have multiple plans in place as far as entertaining the kids is concerned, and allow them to familiarize themselves with the RV before you hit the road. By doing this, you can, to an extent at least, prevent them from bouncing around and fiddling with everything in their sight. Avoid packing any toys that are known to cause sibling rivalry, and have plenty of healthy snacks and water on-hand to placate hungry, irritable children.
Despite how well you plan your family RV vacation, things may still not go entirely according to plan. As long as you remember to have fun and not sweat the small stuff too much, your entire family will undoubtedly have a great time, regardless of any small mishaps that may occur.