Traveling by RV is a wonderful and affordable way to see the world! There are so many family-friendly camping destinations, perfect for the whole family. However, RV travel requires some adjustments, even if you are an experienced road tripper. It is true that long drives and travel days can indeed be exhausting. Fortunately, we have all the tips you need to enjoy a long RV family road trip, arrive at your destination safely, and make it a memorable one for your kids.
Do a Safety Check
Before you hit the road, ensure you have an emergency roadside kit, inspect your tires, and walk around your RV.
Know Your Route
Map out a route in advance for your road trip to save time and money and take the stress out of your journey. Road atlases and GPS can help you avoid roads that are tricky to navigate in an RV. You can automate your route by finding easy-to-use apps to take the headache out of finding your way.
Plan and Prep Meals
When it comes to meal planning, there is nothing you can not cook on an outdoor gas grill or in an RV kitchen. If you plan your family’s meals ahead of time, your RV road trip will be much less stressful.
Gas Up Regularly
Keep your tank at least half full. Long-distance driving often takes you through rural areas with few gas stations. It is also not advisable to rely on what your vehicle typically consumes in fuel. Changing your speed, going up and down hills, and facing the wind can significantly affect your gas mileage.
Avoid driving after dark
People often think driving at night is the best time for road trips since there is less traffic, plus their passengers can sleep. However, fatigue and dark roads make driving dangerous because wildlife is more active at night and is harder to spot on the road at night.
Give Yourself An Extra Day
Plan at least one extra day to relax and enjoy your trip. You can also add exercise, provide entertainment, or address any unforeseen circumstances.
Exercise: Take advantage of every opportunity to run or walk, especially if the trip lasts a few days. Stretching and moving your body can prevent stiffness, cramps, and soreness.
Entertainment: For entrainment on the road, you can bring home elements like video games, coloring books, and audiobooks.
Unforeseen events: Things can go wrong with your vehicle, or the weather may cause road closures.
Road trips are much more enjoyable if you take your time.