You’ve been planning this road trip for months. The bags are packed, groceries are waiting to be loaded, and the fighting between the kids has already begun. Even in an RV, your kids will want to know if you’re there yet and what time it is. They will cry that someone is in their space, and you may even hear complaints of boredom. Yes, even in a spacious RV, your kids will have the power to make your crazy when the road trip starts. This is bad for your blood pressure and dangerous for your health as they distract you from the road. Here are some tips to help you avoid the fighting and enjoy a calm and relaxing trip.
Remember the Games
Children don’t like to be bored, and they will find their own entertainment if things get too dull. Unfortunately, that will usually involve poking at or prodding the other children. Make sure you pack some games. The joy of traveling in a motorhome is that you have a dining table to use. Get a rubber gripping mat that can be laid out on the table. They are made for holding items in place on counters, but they are also great for keeping board games and supplies from sliding around on the table. Take along a few games that they can play while the miles are rolling away.
Stop for the Night
You may be driving across the country, but that doesn’t mean the kids want to be cooped up for three straight days. Plan to stop at campsites along the way. The kids can stretch, do a little fishing and even go for a swim. They might make some new friends along the way, and they will view each day as an adventure rather than a chore.
Get them Involved
Let the kids get involved with the trip. This is great team for your son to learn how to read a map, or maybe you will have him help you watch the signs for cool campgrounds. Older kids will enjoy helping you spot for traffic if you have to change lanes, and it will make them feel more involved. This eases their frustration, and it also helps reduce your own stress level.
When you are planning a trip in the camper, you want to make sure the kids will still be entertained. Even if you have a TV and DVD player in the camper, there may reach a point when they don’t want to watch movies. It’s wise to have games on hand, but you should also plan on stopping for the night so everyone will enjoy the ride more. Finally, get the kids involved by letting them help navigate, watch for traffic and keep you company while you are driving.