How Smart Parents Survive And Thrive On Caravan Holidays With Kids
A lot of people turn their noses up at the idea of a caravan. They have this notion that it’s just for people who are trying to save money – a bit of a compromise.
But that’s not what it’s about at all. Even millionaires love taking caravan holidays because it allows them to get out into the fresh air and see the world. Bringing your accommodation with you on the back of your car is the ultimate freedom.
Surviving a caravan holiday with young kids, however, is always a challenge. You often have to make long road trips to get from one destination to another. And that’s when the arguments can start.
In this post, we take a look at how smart parents survive and thrive on road trips. Here’s how to make the best of it.
Use A Caravan With Two Bedrooms
Ideally, your caravan should have two bedrooms: one for the parents, and one for the kids. Having everyone sleeping in the same room can cause all kinds of problems, especially mum and dad. Separate where possible.
Take Regular Breaks
You can’t force your kids to go to the toilet every time you visit a service station – the human body just doesn’t work that way. However, you can get around the need to suddenly stop by halting the caravan regularly and allowing everyone to get up, have a stretch, walk around, and go to the loo if necessary.
Don’t Hire An RV Abroad
You can hire an RV abroad if you want, but it is expensive and a waste, especially if you already have one at home. The good news is that moving an RV to another country in advance of your arrival is super simple. You just hire a company to put it on a ship and deliver it to a destination of your choosing. You then fly out to the destination and rendezvous with your RV and drive it around as you normally would.
Break The Routine
Kids don’t want to spend all day travelling around in a caravan, covering motorway mile after motorway mile. They want to feel as though they are really enjoying themselves.
Breaking the routine, therefore, means being able to use your itinerary as a rough guide, not something set in stone. Perhaps you could stop off at a road-side diner. Or maybe you could set up an impromptu camp in a forest. You could even stop to whip up a quick tasty meal to keep everyone happy.
Go With Another Family
Most families go on caravan holidays by themselves. But going with another family can massively add to the experience. Firstly, it provides you with somebody to talk to besides your partner. It also gives the kids extra playmates. Plus, when you have two cars, you can share the load and resources. If one party doesn’t have a first aid kit or a bottle of water, the other will. Although I would only recommend going on holiday with people you know really well, as a caravan is quite a confined space to share with somebody you don’t know that well!