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Top Tips for Family RV Trips

A family sits outside of their RV during a RV camping tripThere's nothing like hitting the open road with the family! Planning an RV trip is a special vacation that your family will remember for years to come. RVing is the perfect way to get out, explore nature, and is social-distancing friendly! There are a lot of benefits to planning an RV trip with your family, but a few miscommunications could make the trip go downhill fast. Make sure you're set up for success by following these tips for family RV trips.

Plan ahead

Having a solid plan for any family vacation is important, but the close-quarters of RVing could take a larger toll without a proper plan. Plan where you want to visit and reserve campsites in advance. Be sure to get the kids involved with the planning process! Ask them what destinations they'd like to visit and what they're hoping to experience on the trip. Set cut-off daily drive times and set limits for how long you expect to drive in one stretch. This will (hopefully) reduce the instances of, "Are we there yet?" 

Inspecting your RV should also be a part of your road-trip preparations. Hiccups in RV maintenance can lead to hours of setbacks and ultimately a disappointed family. You should also discuss and develop a plan for when things don't go to plan. What if the weather is bad the day you planned to visit a national park? What happens if the RV breaks down in an unfamiliar area? Thinking about these things and having a plan of action if they occur will help you better prepare if the unexpected does happen. 

Pack efficiently 

Even with the limited space an RV offers, you can do a lot to ensure you use it wisely. View our ultimate camping packing list here. There are also plenty of tools and gadgets on the market that are made to help RVers and campers utilize space wisely, which we discuss in this post. Developing a solid meal plan will also help you pack wisely and save a lot of space in the RV's tiny kitchen. Knowing what you want to cook means you'll only need to bring the ingredients and supplies for those particular items. That way, you can avoid packing everything and the kitchen sink. If you arrive at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park in Robert, LA and realize you've forgotten something, no worries! Stop by our fully stocked Ranger Station for any of your essential camping needs!

Set expectations

Before leaving, have a discussion with your family about some goals for your trip. Do you want to take it easy from the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life, or do you want to see as many sites as possible? If you're not all on the same page, it's likely that one family member will be bored just lounging at a campsite, while another will be sick of walking around another outdoor museum in the summer heat. Discuss some general things your kids may want to accomplish on the trip as well, like swimming or reading a few books. Then, you can plan out your days where there is a mix of sightseeing and relaxing. 

Make memories 

A family RV trip is an adventure, so make sure it's well documented! Encourage your kids to create a journal on the trip, whether they want to write down their experiences, make a photo collage, or create a vlog. There are also a few inexpensive ways to commemorate the places you visit on your trip like collecting postcards, brochures, or pencils. Once home, get the family together to make a scrapbook or photo book of your trip.

RVing at YOGI BEAR'S JELLYSTONE PARK™ in Robert, Louisiana 

Whether you want to spend one night or an entire week at our Louisiana campground, Jellystone Park is the perfect place to bring your RV! We offer 374 campsites, many with full hookup options. Plus, with activities like swimming, hiking, and weekend events there's always something to do at Jellystone Park! View our 2020 Event Schedule below.


Don't own an RV? no problem. You can now rent an RV from Jellystone Park through the RV share program. Learn more about it here

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