Piling the family into a caravan or RV for a big road trip sounds relaxing…doesn’t it? Without proper planning, it can turn a dream holiday into a nightmare. Adults can tolerate long-haul drives without breaks, but kids can be unforgiving when they’re bored! Here are some tips for making your caravan trip a great one.
1. Buy the right kind of caravan
First things first: you have to buy the right caravan or It has to be roomy enough for Mum, Dad and the kids. Buying a campervan might be a cost-saver, but your kids will find it uncomfortable. You should also think about spending more on RVs or campers with kitchenettes, toilets and other mod-cons. Try to find a caravan that’s easy to set up, so the kids can get involved, too.
2. Plan the trip together
Include your children in the planning process. It’s their holiday too, after all. If they have destinations and activities to look forward to, it can make the trip a lot smoother. Some caravan parks have kids playgrounds and other programs, so look out for those!
3. Prepare meals ahead of time
Eating out on holiday can really add up. Get your kids involved by preparing tasty and nutritious meals for the family before you go out on the road. It makes cooking and clean up a world easier, too!
4. Buy kid-friendly stuff
In addition to the usual water, extra cords, wheel chocks and mozzie repellent, you should bring along some kid friendly things (checkout www.caravanningwithkids.com.au for some more ideas) along to keep them entertained during the long stretches. Even if you do not have a pool at home, buying pool noodles and plastic balls can turn a lakeside stop into a fun splash about. Bring along colouring books, old story-time favourites, and of course the most important thing; phone and device chargers. One fun tip is to buy headlamps for your kids; it’s a novel and practical way to help them see in the dark.
5. Break up the road trip
Though Mum and Dad might want to go that extra hour and make the park, kids don’t have adult levels of tolerance. As mentioned before, riversides and lakesides are opportunities to play. Playgrounds double as lunchtime spots and activity time. No one remembers the journey – but they’ll look back on the destinations and smile!