RV trips are a great way to spend time with your family, enjoy new experiences together, and make memories that last a lifetime. But, if you’ve ever traveled with kids before, you know that getting your vacation right and making sure it’s fun for everyone takes some extra planning.

We’ve got a few tips for making sure your family RV trip is smooth sailing.

Find an RV Park or Campground That Fits Your Needs

Though your first order of business should be ensuring RV parks and campgrounds can accommodate your vehicle with all the necessary space and hookups, your next order of business should be making sure it has all the amenities and nearby activities it needs to be a convenient location.

Different parks and campgrounds cater to different groups and families, so do your research. Search online and ask around to find campgrounds that sound promising, then call and ask if they have space available that would be appropriate for a family of your size. Some parks and campgrounds will have walking trails and playgrounds for the kids to enjoy, which is always a bonus.

If you’re hoping to enjoy a lot of outdoor activities in camp, make sure they have space for some of these classic games:

  • Cornhole
  • Ladder golf
  • Bocce ball
  • Frisbee
  • Spike ball
  • Giant Jenga

Plan Your Stops

Even a small RV can feel huge in a little parking lot, so plan out your stops beforehand so you don’t get stuck anywhere. We recommend looking for the following places that typically have plenty of space for RVs to maneuver:

  • Truckstop gas stations
  • Rest areas
  • Welcome centers
  • Fast-food restaurants with truck/RV parking

When you have kids along, it can also be helpful to plan for activities to break up a long day of traveling. You might try:

  • Scenic overlooks
  • Roadside attractions
  • Children’s museums

Plan for Rain and Being Stuck Indoors

You might be a planning extraordinaire, but that doesn’t mean you can control the weather. Luckily, you can plan for rainy days, too. Make sure to pack some board games and other activities, such as:

  • Card games
  • Uno
  • Yahtzee
  • Apples to Apples
  • Scrabble
  • Pictionary
  • Heads Up
  • Monopoly
  • Paint-by-Numbers Portraits
  • Books
  • Movies

If you’re not trying to have a tech-free trip, you can also bring along video games and consoles to help keep the kids—and yourselves—entertained.

Have fun!

Things won’t always go exactly according to plan, but a family vacation is a great time to learn how to go with the flow. Things don’t always need to be perfectly clean and organized, the weather won’t always be great, and there won’t always be something to do. Just remember to be flexible, adaptable, and creative about how you spend your time together.

The best part of family vacation is spending time with your loved ones and making memories together. Remember that those are the most important things, and you’re guaranteed to have a good time!