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Why RV rental is your next best family vacation. Part II.

Planning your trip

If you are considering an RV trip with kids, it’s important to plan ahead to ensure everyone stays safe, comfortable and entertained. There are some things you should keep in mind to help make your trip a success.

First, choose your route and destinations carefully. When planning your RV trip, take into account the needs and interests of everyone in your family. Choose destinations that offer a mix of adventure and relaxation, and make sure to plan your route with plenty of stops along the way.

You could opt in to have your RV delivered to a park of your choice. This would give you even more flexibility in terms of coming and going. It would also completely eliminate the need to set up. Additionally you don’t have to drive a very large, new to you, vehicle yourself. Check out the tips on how to choose an RV rental in this article.

Second, think about packing the smart way. Even though you will have more space than if you had suitcases in the trunk of your car, it’s important to remember that the space you have in the RV is still somewhat limited. Pack only what you need and consider packing items that have multiple uses. For example, bring clothes that can be layered for different temperatures, and pack versatile toys and games that can be used both inside and outside the RV.

Think about the meals you plan on preparing and the snacks you can realistically eat during your vacation. Don’t bring too much! It can be a hassle moving large amounts of items before and after your vacation.

And lastly, prioritize comfort. RVs are designed to provide a comfortable home-away-from-home experience, but it’s important to make sure everyone in your family is comfortable during the trip. This means bringing pillows and blankets for the beds, packing comfortable clothing and shoes, and making sure the RV is well-stocked with your family’s favorite foods and drinks.

RV travel offers the freedom to explore the great outdoors and participate in free activities. Here are some of our favorite activities to enjoy on your RV trip with kids:

Hiking: Many national and state parks offer hiking trails that are free to access. Not only is hiking a great way to get exercise and fresh air, but it also allows you to explore the natural beauty of your surroundings.

Beachcombing: If your RV trip takes you near a beach, consider spending a day beachcombing. Collect seashells, build sandcastles, and enjoy the sun and surf with your family. We have spent many hours on various beaches across US and Canada playing games, building sand castles and looking for shells. Kids love it!

Fishing: Fishing can be a fun and relaxing activity to enjoy on your RV trip. Many RV parks and campgrounds offer fishing opportunities, or you can research public fishing areas near your route. The boys in our family absolutely love fishing. However, my daughter and I are not in the same boat at all. So it can be refreshing to split up and do separate activities and then have exciting stories to share with your loved ones. We are also big fans of doing what these guys on the picture do – just sit and read while the men are fishing! It is very relaxing and gives us an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and the sunshine.

Sightseeing: Many cities and towns offer free or low-cost walking tours or self-guided tours. Take advantage of these opportunities to learn about the history and culture of the places you visit. Over our Christmas vacation we visited a little known town in Florida called Celebration. What an amazing gem of a place! The town is known for doing *real* snowfalls every hour, made up of a soapy substance somewhat resembling real snow. It is also a gorgeous town and you can spend an entire day exploring and sightseeing.

Stargazing: RV travel often takes you to remote areas with little light pollution, making it the perfect opportunity to go stargazing with your family. Bring a star chart or download a stargazing app to help identify constellations and planets. Kids will enjoy this activity even more if this is one of the first opportunities they get to stay up past their bedtimes. The freedom and the new activity are surely to leave a lasting impression.

Campfires: Majority of RV parks allow fires between certain hours, usually between dusk and midnight. As a lot of the neighborhood in our cities don’t allow fires, this can be a great opportunity for children to experience the joy of campfires – and S’mores! This can be combined with stargazing for an even more unforgettable experience for both adults and children in the family.

By participating in free or low-cost activities, you can stretch your travel budget further and create unforgettable experiences with your family. With a little research and planning, you can find plenty of fun and affordable ways to enjoy your RV trip together.

In conclusion, renting an RV for a family vacation is a fantastic way to bond with your loved ones, explore new places, and create unforgettable memories. With its flexibility, comfort, and affordability.

Read the first part of Why RV rental is your next best family vacation here.

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