Tips for an RV Vacation with the Kids So You Can Stay Sane

Sure an RV vacation with kids sounds kid in your head. And while traveling with kids can be very rewarding, it is also very challenging. This is especially true in an RV. Everyone is squished into small quarters and there is a lot of downtime, unlike a traditional vacation that would have you sitting on a plane for an hour or two only to arrive in an expansive family suite inside a hotel.


That doesn’t mean you should skip the RV vacation! It just means you have to know what to do to boost your chances of experiencing success while you’re away from home. Here are a few tips that will help you enjoy spending time with the kids without losing your mind.


RV Vacation with Kids Like a Boss

Bring Along Things You Know They like to Do


Traveling in an RV is a great way to satisfy your need for adventure. Unfortunately, all that adventure comes with plenty of downtime, and downtime is every parent’s worst enemy.


If you don’t want to lose your mind to squabbling kids because you’re in the RV driving to your next destination, or it’s a particularly rainy day, make sure you bring things along you know the kids like to do. That includes:

  • Board games
  • Electronic devices
  • Video games
  • Crafts
  • Puzzles


Bring along things they can do outside too! Consider bringing bikes, yard games, and anything else your kids like to do outdoors.


Choose the Right Campground


Most travelers spend hours searching for the perfect hotel. As an RVer, your job is to spend time searching for the right campground. Many campgrounds include amenities that are sure to keep the children entertained. Look for amenities like:

  • Playgrounds
  • Swimming pools
  • Basketball courts
  • Clubhouses


If you want to do a little tent camping on your vacation, make sure you know what to look for when choosing the right campsite away from the RV.

If you know you have kids on the rowdier side, allow a bit of space between you and your neighbors. You need to spend your vacation keep the kid’s volume levels in check. If things don’t go as planned, check out some tips on how to handle mom shaming from


Give Everyone a Job to Do


When you stay in a hotel, you don’t have to worry about cooking and cleaning. That’s not the case in an RV. If you don’t divvy up your workload, you’ll spend your entire vacation doing chores.


Give everyone a job to do to lessen your load. By assigning dish duty to your daughter after breakfast and enlisting help from the hubby for dinner, you can enjoy your vacation too. Plus, it’ll help keep them busy so they aren’t complaining that there isn’t anything to do.

Plan Ahead


Hitting the road and stumbling across that perfect vacation spot is a lot of fun when you’re young. It’s a disaster if you have small children. You absolutely have to plan your vacation carefully.


Know the route you’re going to take, where you’re going to stop, and how long you’re going to stay there. That way you aren’t lost in the middle of nowhere with bored, antsy kids on your hands.


Your kids will love taking an RV vacation, and you will love it too, as long as you follow the tips on this list! And if you don’t own an RV, don’t worry! There is always the RV rental option.


About Christa Thompson

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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Chief Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. She started traveling the world in 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

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