My family went camping this week, and we’ve been having so much fun going to the beach and staying in a motorhome. While I did get called out by a few people that it isn’t really camping if you stay in a motorhome, a lot of you showed up on my Instagram post agreeing with me that RV camping is still camping. THANK YOU!
Planning An RV Trip With Kids? A Few Things To Know!
If you’ve never tried RV camping with your kids before, here are a few tips that can help you have a successful camping experience.
Choose a family-friendly spot to park.
Public campgrounds and state parks are usually family-friendly. Some of the private campgrounds are more geared towards adults, though, so call ahead and ask any questions before you plan out your route. And if you are bringing a pet (we brought our dog!) you will need to check on pet policies, too.
It’s easy to bring all of the things with you when you are in an RV because you have more room than a car (and definitely more room than a tent), but that doesn’t mean you need to move your whole house into your home away from home. Let your kids bring some of their favorite things (blanket, toys, games), and make sure you have all of the necessities, but try not to load your RV up with items you won’t use.
Here are a few things that you should be sure to pack:
- First aid supplies (bandages, antibiotic cream, bug spray, sun screen, aloe vera, fever and cold medication, pain relievers, etc.)
- Kitchen necessities (food, pots and pans, utensils, plates, cups, bowls, napkins, coffee pot, etc.)
- Cleaning supplies (dishtowels, dish soap, sponges, trash bags, paper towels, etc.)
- Bedding (sheets, waterproof mattress pad, pillows, blankets, air mattress, etc.)
- Bathroom essentials (rv toilet paper, soap, shampoo and conditioner, toothbrush and toothpaste, quick dry towels, deodorant, and laundry soap if you are taking an extended trip and plan to wash clothes)
- Outdoor gear (camp chairs, bikes, hiking shoes, backpacks, etc.)
- Indoor gear (toys, drawing supplies, games, playing cards, etc.)
- Clothes (pack weather appropriate items, but even if you are camping in the summer it can be a good idea to pack a light jacket)
Stock up on snacks.
Yes, this is a packing item, but it deserves it’s own line. The nice thing about being in an RV is having space to prepare food and room for snacks. Be prepared for super hungry kids to want a lot of snacks.
Yes, the camping is an activity in itself, but when you have small kids in the mix, it’s a good idea to have at least a loose schedule in mind.
Here’s a look at some of the fun moments we had while camping:
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Do you have any camping tips? Drop them in the comments!
Jessica — Mom of Sophie & Jake