RVing With Children

RVing with kids is fun, exciting, and quite the adventure

RVing can be a wonderful experience for children, whether it is for a weekend, an extended trip, or even full-time. Travel and visiting new places stimulates a child’s curiosity and provides a wealth of learning experiences.

There is no reason why your children can’t enjoy RVing as much as you do. 

Families love the water playground at Cajun Palms RV Resort near Breaux Bridge, Louisiana © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Whether it is a weekend trip or a way of life, RVing offers many benefits to families. One is cost—a family with children can usually camp more economically than they can stay in motels and eat out in restaurants. It is also more convenient and healthier—having a fully equipped kitchen on board, the security of familiar surroundings, and not having to pack and unpack suitcases.

Campgrounds generally provide an enjoyable environment for children. There is room to run and make noise, and often other children with whom to play.

Riding the Mount Washington Cog Railway, New Hampshire © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Many campgrounds cater to children, with hay rides and other activities.

RVing with children presents its own unique challenges and rewards. Few other modes of travel present as many opportunities to open your children’s eyes to the world around them as RVing does.

And having the entire family with you sets the stage for so many priceless memories. Read more about what to expect and how to help everyone have a great time.  

The historical and pre-historical at Petroglyph National Monument, Albuquerque, New Mexico © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved


Point things out along the road and make a game of it.

Teach your children about nature and wildlife, and about respecting it.

Give your children experiences they’ve never had before, like sleeping under the stars.

Teaching children about wildlife at Jasper National Park, Alberta © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Meet new people and broaden your children’s cultural horizons.

Create a family map that shows all the places you’ve been together, and let the youngsters add dots for each trip completed.

Teaching children about wildlife at Custer State Park, South Dakota © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved


After arriving at a new campground, one of the first things to do is check out the available activities. Some of this information is contained in campground directories, which can help you choose the best campground for your family. Look for campgrounds with playgrounds, pools, and arts and crafts activities.

Riding the tram and hiking at Sabino Canyon near Tucson, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

It is a good idea to channel your children’s energy into outdoor activities, especially if your RV is crowded. Get your children outside as often as possible to enjoy the nature around them.

Switch up your routines so the kids don’t get bored with the same old activities. Encourage the youngsters to invent their own activities and games.

Hiking at Catalina State Park, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Have rainy day entertainment on hand, such as movies, board games, cards, and in-door crafts.

Bring plenty of on-the-road entertainment for long drives between destinations.


Hiking Clingmans Dome in Smoky Mountains National Park © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Give each of your children tasks to help with the RV and rewards for completing them. Make sure each child has their own designated space (bed or play area) and hold them responsible for keeping it clean.


Clothes should be interchangeable, durable, and easy to clean.

Everybody love ice cream especially when its Blue Bell at Brenham, Texas © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Many toys and games are suitable for traveling, but avoid any toy that makes annoying noises. Get the most for the least by choosing small toys like small cars or dolls. Toys that give the child options and stimulate creativity, such as Legos, Barbie dolls with interchangeable outfits, and children’s computers with a selection of learning programs, are ideal. Bikes and outdoor toys encourage outdoor play. And if your RV has a VCR, some children’s movies can be a lifesaver on a rainy day.

Children and adults love wandering the Kemah Boardwalk, Texas © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Things to expect

You may have to make more stops with kids.

You might have to get creative with sleeping arrangements.

Everyone loves a ferry ride: On the Galveston-Port Bolivar ferry © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Privacy can be limited inside the RV.

Finding the right pace for your family may take some time and experience.

It’ll be a learning experience for everyone involved.

Feeding the burros at Oatman on Historic Route 66 in Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Whether you are planning a weekend trip, an extended vacation or full-timing with children, it can be a rewarding experience for everyone.

Worth Pondering…

We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.