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Survival Tips for Taking an RV Trip with Your Kids This Summer

Mon, 07/13/2020 - 5:20pm
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RV Trip with Your Kids

An RV trip is always fun, especially you get to share this amazing experience with your family members. Enjoying a wonderful panoramic view, soaking in the scenic surroundings, and admiring an attraction while being parked overnight – all these things make RVs superior to other vehicles while also adding value to your experience. 

However, when traveling with a family, things can get pretty hectic pretty quickly, so you should make sure to prepare well in advance. Doing so is important if you want to truly focus on the adventure ahead. With these survival tips in mind, your RV trip with your family is sure to go smooth and stress-free. 

Make sure your RV is in good working order

It goes without saying that your RV needs to be a safe place for everyone sitting inside. Before you head out, go through all the mechanical things which could break easily, to ensure that everything is in working order. Bear in mind that driving an RV is quite different from driving a car. You need to take into account the amount of fuel that is necessary and the type of terrain suitable for an RV – for instance, instead of going down gravel roads, you should stick to the safe spots. Beyond mechanical things going awry, you will also have to look out for cuts and wounds you might get during your journey. Pack a first aid kit, or better yet, make your own DIY first aid kit, which will come in handy in case of minor medical injuries. Bear in mind that it will be only helpful temporarily and that you should visit a hospital as soon as you get a chance if anything serious happens.

Put safety on top of your priority list

Traveling with kids requires you to be cautious and keep everything under control, and staying safe is something you should put on top of your priority list. Other than ensuring you have a way to communicate in case of an emergency, equipping your vehicle with a surveillance system is another step you can take to provide extra security. Aside from keeping your RV safe when it’s parked overnight, installing a quality RV camera system is a great way to ensure that you arrive at your destination safely. These security systems are rather easy to install on existing RVs or trailers, and their properties such as night vision and motion detection will provide peace of mind, allowing you to enjoy your family road trip to the fullest.

Only pack the essentials

Road trips are all about simplifying your life and moving away from your daily routines. Therefore, traveling with your family in an RV can be a great opportunity for teaching your kids how to work with what they have. You want to travel lightly, so be sure to pack only the essentials you can bring in a carry-on. Try to include your little ones in the planning and packing process and have them pack their bags, but consider limiting them to four to five outfits to avoid packing too much. Healthy snacks are a must during road trips, so make sure your kids have some with them. That way, they won’t have to get up to get them.

Bring something for entertainment 

Even though there is a myriad of road games to play, they can get old real quick. To avoid causing any accidents due to fatigue and boredom or children being loud or misbehaving, be sure to find ways for them to entertain themselves during the drive. At the same time, make sure to keep your eyes peeled and on the road. You will need a bit of fun on the road, to assure that time passes faster, that the kids are kept busy, and that you do not fall asleep. Furthermore, if you already have the route planned out, make it part of the entertainment, to have everyone looking forward to it. You can also use this time to stretch your legs and to freshen up a bit. 


There are fun and then there are amazing RV trips. The difference is in how you prepare for it and what you bring along on the road. Nevertheless, RV traveling is a great way to save money and travel flexibly and conveniently while also getting an opportunity to unplug, spend some time outdoors, and bond with your family members.

The key is to keep things simple and pack light so you have less to worry about. You are embarking on an adventure to have fun, which is why you should focus on leaving your worries behind. Bring only the essentials and positive energy and you and your family are sure to create wonderful memories and have the time of your life.


Lilly Miller is a freelance writer, who focuses on interior design, well-being, and sustainable living. She loves to experiment on daring new home decor trends and write about it as a regular contributor to...